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Unusual airline sightings

Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:51 pm

What are the most unusual airline sightings known to man? For instance, a few years ago an El Al jet had to divert to Montana, so planespotters there got to see an El Al jet in rural America.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:54 pm

Uzbekistan Airways operating NRT-GUM.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:56 pm

Gander in rural Newfoundland: Just about anything crossing the Atlantic could drop-in including an A380
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:06 am

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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:01 am

Alaska airlines was a part of the Berlin airlift. The then took the aircraft South to take part in Operation Magic Carpet, evacuating Jews from Yemen to Israel.

Seeing Alaska Airlines in Yemen in 1950 has got to count for this list.
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:48 am

We get a lot of very interesting metal in both RKV and KEF, not only diversions to KEF with every possible TATL aircraft but also some very interesting ferry flights. Seeing Dash 8’s destined for small African airlines on the RKV ramp is a personal favorite, although catching A380 diversions is KEF is always nice as well.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:10 am

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:23 am

Saw an Air Berlin A321 parked at SCL Airport in January 2018. Most likely it was being transferred to one of Chile's airlines since Air Berlin ceased all operations in October 2017.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:43 am

Cointrin330 wrote:
Saw an Air Berlin A321 parked at SCL Airport in January 2018. Most likely it was being transferred to one of Chile's airlines since Air Berlin ceased all operations in October 2017.


Might that have been a LATAM NTU that LATAM hired Air Lease Corporation to lease, and now LATAM took back? There are three similar planes at WOW air likely owned by LATAM as well and managed by ALC that LATAM would take back if WW goes kaput.

As for my contribution, because JFK is my home airport---A340s from Iran during UN Week, since it's the only time anything from Iran can come to the West. I have shot the oldest A343 delivered that way (as well as aircraft from other countries) But in terms of actual unusual models...well, an Antonov 124 (UR82009) and an Ilyushin 76 (RA76503) have come here. Also, for ferry flights of narrow-body planes, LY narrow-bodies always get ferried to JFK where LY pilots pick them up (the typical ferry to Israel being BFI-JFK-(LTN or CDG)-TLV.) Retirement flights for scrapping also ferry via JFK. There was also a rare Hawaiian A321neo ferry through JFK that went XFW-JFK-PAE (rather than the usual BGR or YYR) and that's how I got N202HA.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:44 am

LH B733 @ JFK

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:48 am

QF 744 diversion to SEA.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:53 am

QF 744 - Fuel stop in AMS
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:03 am

I've also seen an LH 744 at PER during an orchestra (?) tour.
AY Also came to PER a couple of times, several years ago now. I remember it sparked arguments on here. From memory, it turned out it was a sequence of charter flights. Not "scheduled" as such, but enough to get them on the board out the front of PER showing all the airlines which operate there.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:17 am

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:58 am

I know that this is not rare since it is a scheduled flight but it is very strange to see a United 737 pull up to the gate in Hong Kong from Guam.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:25 am

I've seen an SQ 787 at MYR on at least one occasion. Was surprising to see until I remembered that Boeing has a factory down at CHS, and that it was thus a test flight.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:07 am



I would say Turkmenistan Airlines at BFL has to rank up there on the list of most unlikely. Yes, I realize it is a pre-delivery test flight, but it's still pretty unusual.
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:07 am

Had an Air Berlin A330 divert to DAB. Then they sent an American A330 to rescue the passengers, was very interesting.

Also saw a chartered Delta 757 at HPN once.

BDL also has had some interesting diversions due to it's position near BOS/JFK/EWR. Everything from 767's to A330's to A340's to 777's to 787's to 747's to A380's from many different carriers.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:09 am

caliboy93 wrote:
What are the most unusual airline sightings known to man? For instance, a few years ago an El Al jet had to divert to Montana, so planespotters there got to see an El Al jet in rural America.



Billings isn’t BFE, we have decent scheduled service, adequate facilities with a main runway that is 10,500 ft. Lots of new Boeing’s make test flights, lots of military traffic stops in because of proximity to the Powder River MOA, lots of west coast diversions, and the AN 124 was here a few times in January.

A population of 160k isn’t exactly rural and many of us chose to live here.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:33 am

Emirates 777 and Dubai Air Wing 747-400 at GSP last summer. In town for the World Equestrian Games.
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:50 am

Seeing Bulgaria Air at Bangkok was pretty interesting. They were doing some wetleasing for Bangkok Air.

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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:37 am

An old, retired MH 777 in Tel Aviv, stripped of the airline's name & tail logo, but not its basic cheatline livery. Remember how this fact was used by conspiracy theorists during the MH370 disaster?

Also seeing a QF A380 in KUL because of weather in SIN (even with a diversion, it's rare to see a QF jet here), and a DL 777 in SZB flying the press charter for Obama's visit in 2014.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:12 am

Air Malta A32N in FLR.
Not only Air Malta doesn't operate any route on FLR, but the short runway couldn't handle nothing bigger than a B733 - B735 / A319.
Turned out it was a ferry flight of some sort. Happened about two months ago.

It will be unusual by now, but in the 60's Alitalia and Quantas used to operate flights to SYD and FCO with DC-8s and B707s. In latter times, AZ operated those flights with the DC-10-30 and MD-11s via BKK, IIRC.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:21 am

A lot of weird airlines have diverted to LAS making for some unusual visits, notably an Ethiopian 787 one time in 2017
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:21 am

Super80Fan wrote:
Had an Air Berlin A330 divert to DAB. Then they sent an American A330 to rescue the passengers, was very interesting.

Also saw a chartered Delta 757 at HPN once.

BDL also has had some interesting diversions due to it's position near BOS/JFK/EWR. Everything from 767's to A330's to A340's to 777's to 787's to 747's to A380's from many different carriers.


I've been spotting at BDL for years. Aside from the interesting diversions, one of the most unusual sightings for me was a scheduled British Airways Openskies 757.

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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:03 am

We get a number of WX diversions from ORD and DTW here in GRR. The most unusual I’ve seen is a Great Wall 744F and a SQ Cargo 744F.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:22 am

Sometimes there will be some weather diversions to my hometown George (GRJ), due to either fog or wind in Cape Town (CPT)...mostly domestic, but we've had some international diversions as well...a few years ago what I've seen myself there was Condor 767 and quite a few years ago a LTU A330...have heard that around the same time there was also LH A343, but I haven't seen that myself
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:46 am

For several years before TATL narrow body twins became common…..the sight of a little Air Canada A319 just in from St. John’s YYT…parked in among AC’s ‘767s and ‘777s at Heathrow had people wondering how did that get here?
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:00 am

I saw a BOAC plane in DUB, maybe not that unusual 50/60 years ago (I’m no history buff) but it was unusual at 0830 last Monday morning........
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:01 am

I recall in my youth spotting at Prestwick (PIK). In addition to scheduled flights by BOAC, KLM, and one or two others, PIK was a regular part of ferry flights in both directions across the Atlantic - one post above refers to the same traffic in Iceland. This included all sorts of private aircraft, business jets, and then-current airliners. Add to that the fact that there was a USAF transport base that always good for some exotic very old or very new member of MATS in its time, PLUS Scottish Aviation that both produced aircraft (last one was the Jetstream) and overhauled RCAF F104s PLUS the RAF or RN helicopter rescue base. PIK was famous for its clear fog-free environment, so in bad weather that affected other UK airports, PIK was good for a few diversions

Most of the above is long gone, now it is a few Ryanair flights plus a regular flow of cargo aircraft

When I visit a civil airport these days, I see a large flow of a very few types of similarly designed aircraft. Visiting PIK for a weekend you never had a high volume of traffic, but it was always a wide variety of different types that passed through. My (black and white) photos of those days are not of a quality that a.net will accept!
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:18 am

German Cargo Boeing 707 at DTW late 70's and two Saudia 747 at YIP. L1011 at Alpena Michigan for the movie Diehard filming.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:52 am

eicvd wrote:
I saw a BOAC plane in DUB, maybe not that unusual 50/60 years ago (I’m no history buff) but it was unusual at 0830 last Monday morning........



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Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:59 am

Some time ago I saw VDA A124 at MQT when passing by... Matter in fact that they have an IL-76 there.
Also United B744 at KRK was an interesting view.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm

Here in Fortaleza, Brazil, we had a BRICS Summit in 2014, which brought Air India and Air China Jumbos at the same day.

Very very rare birds here.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:26 pm

BMI regional’s G registered aircraft on the MUC-LUZ route. Was very odd seeing a British-owned RJ from a tiny airline so far across Europe.

That and a Wamos 744 at WAW, which had - bizarrely - just arrived from Puerto Rico!
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:39 pm

About a year ago I flew through SAW. Saw a G4 A320 there.

Right now there president of Burkina Faso is in my hometown. While it's not an airline, a 727 of the government of Burkina Faso in TXL is rather unusual.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:50 pm

I've seen Rossiya Airlines here in DLH. Stopped on it's way to the graveyard to clear customs.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

BGR sees quite a bit of interesting traffic, both charters and diversions. My favorite catch there was an Ethiad A380. Odd to see that landing in a small City in Maine.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:05 pm

TN A340-300 in SXM as a charter flight from PTP
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:28 pm

gabik001 wrote:
Some time ago I saw VDA A124 at MQT when passing by... Matter in fact that they have an IL-76 there.
Also United B744 at KRK was an interesting view.


Speaking of MQT - back in 76-77 a Southern DC-9 with firefighters landed at the old airport, 84-85 era a AirCal 737 for a Las Vegas gambling adventure, and in 2004 a Finnair 757 for Finn Fest. (HEL-BOS-MQT).
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:04 pm

QF1607 wrote:
TN A340-300 in SXM as a charter flight from PTP


Ahh I remember those! What a sight to see that beautiful livery floating over Maho Beach! Also I remember Azerbaijan sent an A340-500 to SXM a few years ago as well.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:27 pm

Military charters on mainline airliners I am sure gets a lot of unusual visits. Mine would be flying in a DL 763 into FRU.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:43 pm

I saw the bright red MD-83 from DAT in HND once that sent the local spotters in overdrive taking photos when it taxied out.
Think it was doing a FIFA World Cup tour at that time.
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:47 pm

I was also spotting at FRA about 3 years ago when a China Southern E145 landed....I had to do a double take !
Think it was on it's way to a new operator, but still was in full colours with B- reg.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:20 pm

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:05 pm

Manchester, UK has seen an Air Koryo aircraft. Brought in students for the world youth games. Pretty unusual for the time.
 
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:30 pm

I'm going to show my age here.

On one visit to LGW, I recall an Aerotransportes Entre Rios and another Argentine Constellation, and IIRC on another a UAT and a TAI DC-6B. These were two French companies that merged to form UTA ,which was taken over by Air France. Rather put a Martins Air Charter C=47 at Southend in the shade !!
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:49 pm

DL MD-90 in SPN. Talked to the crew and found out they were on the way to China for a demo tour. Most of the crew was MD personnel, but there were a couple of DL peeps, too.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:59 pm

I saw WN at IAH, but in 2012. As well as (what I swear to be) an NZ 744 wayyyyy back in 2000/2001 fly over my neighborhood as a kid in Houston.
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Re: Unusual airline sightings

Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:00 pm

eicvd wrote:
I saw a BOAC plane in DUB, maybe not that unusual 50/60 years ago (I’m no history buff) but it was unusual at 0830 last Monday morning........

I saw a BOAC plane in IAD yesterday! :biggrin:
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