Category PHX

Japan Airlines visit Phoenix International Airport

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JAL visits Phoenix Airport 3-22-2012

On March 22nd 2012, Phoenix International Airport had a special visitor arrive at 10am. Japan Airlines (JAL) brought their Boeing 777-300 (JA736J). The airline was chartered for the Seattle Mariners to fly them to the 2012 Open Series Japan. They will be playing against the Oakland A’s. It is a special treat for us at Phoenix when we get to catch a couple photos of a Boeing 777. PHXSpotters members had the coverage all over r the various spotting locations thought out PHX. We had members at T2, T3, T4 and 40th street.  We had a couple members out on the ramp for the 1pm departure. Kyle Boyd caught a great photo of the JAL 777. He was located just west of the airport when he clicked his shutter. They will be returning to PHX on the 30th of March.
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Airport Watch PHX

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Airport Watch First class 2012

    A project that started well over a year ago has finally been completed. With the first class to graduate the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol program (PNP). The Airport Watch first class members include, Jason Bong, Felipe Garcia, Billy Ellison (Wild Bill), Peter Nickerson, Ron McLellan, and Saurabh Patel. Airport Watch AZ has already logged in over 100 hours since the class has been active. Some information about how the process got started. Just over a year ago, I received some information pertaining to other Airport Watch Programs globally. There were only two Airport Watch Programs in North America, which include Chicago (ORD), Minneapolis St-Paul (MSP) and “coming soon” Phoenix (PHX)...Read More

Terminal 4 Spotting at Phoenix

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  • This is a huge garage; you can go to any level to get uncluttered shots from either side north/south/east/west. It is a good location to get close-up shots of aircraft taxiing to the gates you can also get shots of aircraft lining up on 25R or landing on 25L. You can also get aircraft touching down on 26 with the Papago Mountains in the backdrop which is a signature shot from Phoenix.
  • Terminal 4: Southwest, US Airways, Air Canada, AeroMexico and British Airways.
  • From the east side, you can catch aircraft taxiing on taxiway Romeo to depart on rwy25R. Shots are well lit from noon to sunset here.
  • From the west side, you can catch aircraft taxiing on taxiways Sierra/Tango with the PHX tower in the background. Shots are well lit from morning to noon here.
  • With the c...
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Santa’s big helpers

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The Christmas Cargo Rush by Saurabh Patel
During the Christmas holiday season, every Christmas, Phoenix get a bunch of Cargo traffic. Part of which is due to the high parcel volume for customers in Phoenix and also Phoenix has one of the biggest warehouses for Amazon. The week leading up to Christmas day is when all the fun starts.
This year the heavy lifters included increased frequency of FedEx/UPS. They also upgraded most flights to the MD11’s. The additional visitors were Evergreen with their Classic 747-200’s and a brand new visitor in National Cargo Airlines who brought their newest 747-400. Most of the Cargo jets ran a route From Louisville -> Phoenix -> Ontario (CA) and back the same way...
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