Category PHX

US Airways vs Southwest Airlines special themes

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While Standing in line waiting to clear the TSA security checkpoint. I overhear a little boy talking to his mom about going to see the "Fishy Plane". After clearing the  checkpoint, I started thinking about the difference between US Airways and Southwest Airlines and their Special Themed liveries. Being a employee of US Airways, they will always have a special place in my heart. In  my own personal opinion, I believe Southwest Airlines has the best overall paint schemes on a number of their aircraft. Although most of their paint schemes are State related. Southwest Airlines has several special schemes to commemorate their destinations, anniversary`s and various other events. Southwest also has several that have nose art. Arizona One, California One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lo...Read More

7000th Airbus in Service

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On December 12, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany US Airways took delivery of the 7,000th Airbus aircraft ever built - an A321-231, serial number 4957.  The aircraft wore test registration D-AZAE, and flew home to Phoenix Sky Harbor via Bangor and Pittsburgh on December 13, 2011 as AWE 9254.  US Airways is the largest operator of Airbus aircraft in the world, with 242 Airbus aircraft currently active in the fleet, and another 91 on order.  The new A321 is seen here departing Phoenix Sky Harbor on December 16, 2011. Photos and Story provided by:Peter Nickerson Video provided by: Jamie Hines of www.jamiehinesphoto.com Read More

Spotting Location of the Week

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This week we have picked Terminal 3 as the Spotting location on the week. Terminal 3: Delta, Frontier, American, Hawaiian, and JetBlue Terminal 3 - Description :
  • The T3 garage is a good location to get close-up shots of aircraft taxiing to the gates you can also get shots of aircraft rotating in front of you when are departing (either runway).
  • You can go to the upper levels to get un-cluttered shots.
  • Shots of the north side can be had anytime of the year (won’t be backlit).
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Spotting Location of the week

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  This week we have decided to select Terminal 2 as our Spotting location of the week. Description : The T2 parking garage is only 2 levels tall and there is no view to the south side (which is where the gates are located) so the only spotting you can do here is on the north side overlooking the landing zone of rwy08. This is where most aircraft will turn off when they land on rwy26. Shots can be taken all year long from this location (won’t be backlit). UPDATE: Be advised that you are no longer able to park on the top level of T2. They have dedicated parking for Airport/Airline employees. You are still able to park on the lower level. And walk up the flight of stairs, and the cost of parking is $4.00 per hour. For a complete list of Spotting areas around PHX visit Read More