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Spotting At EWR On July 3, 2000

Wed Jul 05, 2000 2:44 am

Yesterday my friend and I went to EWR (Newark International Airport) for an afternoon full of spotting. We parked in Terminal A's short term parking area and headed for the terminals. We really didn't spend to much time in Terminal A as we wanted to see the vast international traffic arrivng at B. The tram which connects all three terminals and long term parking enable us to travel from Terminal A to Terminal B and on to Terminal C with little walking. On the outer ramp (reserved for international traffic) was parked a SIA 747-400 9V-SMK and a Sabena A340-300. Parked at Terminal B (The International Terminal) was an Air France 747-200 F-BPVX along with N78004 a Continental 777-224ER.

My friend and I then road the tram out to Terminal C which belongs to Continental. By walking all the way out to the end we of Terminal C, we were able to see all of the arriving traffic. A Continental 777-224ER landed and taxied over to Terminal B where it parked two spots over from the CO 777-224ER N78004. This bird's registration was N57016. Directly after 57016 shut down and began passenger disembarkment, a CO DC-10 taxied inbetween the two 777s and began unloading its passengers which I believe had arrived from Manchester. N79011 landed and taxied over as this was taking place, but we were unable to see which gate it taxied to.

Along with these birds there was the normal collection of Continental 737-300/500/700/800s along with 757s and MD-80s. ERJ-135s or 145s were scurrying about. Delta was also present with 737-200s and 737-800s along with AA's 757-223ERs and one A310-600. After the two Continental 777-224ERs were down with unloading at Terminal B they were brought to CO's hanger space by Super Tugs. The DC-10 would follow about 30 minutes later. During this time period movements at Terminal B included a British Airways 777-256ER which was painted in the new livery. Virgin Atlantic arrived as VS18 from LGW in the form of a 747-200 registration G-VIBE "Dancing Queen" which was painted in the new livery. The Virgin "Classic" stayed at Terminal B for the duration of its visit while the BA 777 was taxied over to the long term parking for international airlines. Arriving directly after VS 18 was an EL AL 747-400 in the new livery. SAS was also present in the form of 2-3 767-300ERs. Lufthansa had three flights arrive during the late afternoon. 2 A340-300s along with a 747-200 D-ABVQ. One of CSA's A310s OK-WAB rested near G-VIBE.

Getting back to Terminal C movements, 777-224ERs galore. N78002, N78004, N79011 along with N57016 were parked at various gates readying for departures to Europe. N79011 was destined to Milan and 57016 was prepared for a long night to Rome. N78004 was towed to terminal B for service to LGW while 78002 was prepared for Manchester. While watching the 777s prepare for pushback, Virgin Atantic VS 2 from LHR arrived. Being operated by G-VTOP "Lady Penelope" a 747-400 which was still painted in the old livery. Being left alone was a CO 757-224ER which would operate a trans-atlantic flight to Manchester at 8:00pm. On our tram ride back to the car, I was able to meet a (very cute) flight attendant who was riding to Terminal B for the LGW flight. As we got to talking about her work she told me that all of CO's international flights can depart from Terminal C except for the London flights which for security reasons have to leave from B. All in all, it was a very enjoyable day of spotting at EWR.
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RE: Spotting At EWR On July 3, 2000

Wed Jul 05, 2000 2:59 am

Did you happen to spot the Fedex ramp because I was working that day between 0730 and 1600 local. Me and another mech were on a lift truck working #2 engine (fully opened) on a DC10-30.
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Wed Jul 05, 2000 3:08 am

I did look over at the Fedex ramp and see DC-10s and 727-200Fs but from my vantage point I could only see the engine of the first DC-10 in the line. If that was the bird then yes, I did see you. Where you ble to fix the problem? Also, I was unable to see any traffic movement by Fedex while I did see a UPS 747-100F land.
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RE: Spotting At EWR On July 3, 2000

Wed Jul 05, 2000 3:27 am

That was us working on gate 6 which was the last gate with a DC10. We were changing an overpressure valve for the #2 engine thrust reverser. Ops check good! No flight activity due to July 4th weekend although later on it must have been busy because today there is 14 planes (mostly 727's) on the ramp. I also saw the Sabena A340 parked on the hardstand (maybe SabenaPilot flew it). P.S. The DC10 we worked was a/c N312FE (Angela).
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RE: Spotting At EWR On July 3, 2000

Wed Jul 05, 2000 3:43 pm

I had a connxn in EWR at around the same time and I saw much the same stuff as you did. You seem to have missed the SAS 763 in STAR alliance colors that taxied by Terminal B right around 1pm.
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