Samstag, 6. Juni 2009

Quito - April 2009

KLM MD-11 arrives on her daily flight from Amsterdam via Curacao

Quito is situated in a valley at 2800 meters above sea level. Weatherwise you can experience all 4 seasons in one day. UIO is served by several cargo carriers, Martinair with up to three flights a day, but also American carriers, like Southern or Arrow can be seen. The Air Force(s), Fuerza Aerea, Naval and Ejercito, operate a big array of different airplane types. There are 3 competitors fighting for passengers in the local arena, namely TAME, Aerogal and Icaro. All this makes photography very interesting and colorful with many unusual angles to capture on chip.

DC-10-30F from Arrow Air arrives from Miami. N524MD was originally build for Singapore Airlines and has, before ending up with Miami based cargo carrier Arrow, been plying the passenger networks for Varig, Bangladesh Biman and World Airways.

The Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana has been using several examples of the sturdy British turboprop. Here we see HC-AUK (which also carries military serial FAE 684) on a shallow climb after taking off on runway 35, one of two active examples I noticed on my visit.

Former British Airways and South African Airways Boeing 737-236 HC-CFL of local carrier Icaro is sweeping towards runway 35.

Lineas Aereas Suramericanas Boeing 727-251(F) HK-4261 is lining up for take off on runway 35 to Bogota.