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Staying in a ‘flying theme;… the battery charger for my camera is no longer working. I just travelled to Qatar (and back) and had to leave my camera at home.  I will get a replacement as soon as possible.  In the meantime, enjoy some of the shots taken on my return flight from Paris.

After some time off from business travel, there is no escaping it… It’s time to play catch-up with work starting with a visit to the head office in France.  It’s been great having some free time with the family and, thinking of my flight early tomorrow morning, I miss them already.  So we’re off to play on bikes and onto a nice evening meal.

The shot of the Wataniya plane was taken back in March when I was shooting the MotoCross event.

We’re spending the Eid holidays in London.  A cold, wet, freeeezing London.  Great…

During summer it always feels like a holiday being here.  Even when we lived here. For some reason, I associate the summer weather with all the tourist attractions.  It has been a few years since we spent more than a quick stop-over in London around this time of year.  Winter-London feels like I’m back home.  Many old memories of frost, coats, scarves, hats and numb toes.

During our final approach into London’s Heathrow, I saw our 777 perfectly drawn onto the clouds.  For those familiar with the area, you can just see the GlaxoSmithKline building in the centre left.

I try to ensure that I only add my better photographs on this blog.  Although this is not a technically nor artistically good result, I’m sure you will agree its subject makes it worth posting.

I was flying from Manama to Doha earlier this week, on a Gulf Air flight, and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I’m sure it’s not as rare as I imagine, but I’ve been flying for many years now and it was a first for me.  

The lovely young bird was the best behaved passenger on this very short journey.  I didn’t hear a sound from it and it made very little mess on the newspaper covering the carrier’s lap…

I took this from a Gulf Air flight out of Kuwait this morning. The weather was beautiful and clear. The plane was banking to the right and I found myself staring at this view of KWI. For the first time, I noticed the name “Kuwait” written on the ground in that huge lettering. I wonder if they’re lower beds? It seems too big an area. Have a look at the larger version by clicking the photograph.

I fly through many airports around the world, and I still think Kuwait’s is one of the best.  Even though I now associate cigarette smoke smell with the lady’s voice calling the gates, and that KWI doesn’t have good shops and restaurant, it scores high where it counts.  For me, the most important factors are world class: Good highway connection, close/cheap long term parking, short distances to walk between gates and lounges, and most importantly it takes less than 25 minutes to do everything – whether departing or arriving.  

This will change, and soon, with all the planned expansions and runways.  We currently have 8 million passengers coming through Kuwait, the new airport will have a capacity of 20 million.  I have a friend working on this project but he’s unable to share with me anything confidential. Al Watan Daily had an article on 6th November about the new plans.  Read it here if you’re interested.

It looks like this small airport luxury will be gone soon, so enjoy it! Even with the Hajj rush starting soon…

My travel agent had told me that the only direct flight to Muscat yesterday was KLM. I arrived at my gate and saw an Oman Air flight parked at the gate next door.  It was bound for Muscat and even taking off a few minutes before the KLM flight!

While waiting for my blood pressure to drop back to 3 and 2 digits, I asked the suit by the gate entrance, and he assured me that I had made a better choice.  The Oman air flight stops at Dubai on the way!

The national carrier of Oman doesn’t have direct flight to Muscat from Kuwait – but the Royal Dutch Airlines does.  Crazy world!

The good news is I woke up on the flight to catch this beautiful moment; the bad news is that I didn’t wake up early enough to have a glass of water before sunrise.

 

Ok, not quite that bad.  However, this 40-minute journey was delayed by 40 minutes!

Air traffic control were having some fun with this pilot.  Two and a half circles after flying into London’s air space, we made our final approach West into Heathrow.

 

I didn’t have a window seat but managed this photograph of the screens 🙂

 

I recently joined an online Kuwaiti forum dedicated to Aviation.  Nice group of people, mostly captains I think.  The website is rich with information on aviation and links.  Photos and videos of airplanes and airports, and much more.  Best of all, in my opinion, is access to a softward that allows you to see planes over Kuwait… LIVE!  You have to qualify for access by registering and writing in the forum.  

It’s such a small world, I found out that the founder is the brother of an old friend.

Visit KuwaitStorm.

I posted some of my old photographs at their forum, and while searching for images I came across this one. I took this earlier this summer just before landing at Heathrow.  If you look carefully, you can almost see the London Eye in full.  Almost direclty opposite are the houses of parliament which are visible in the larger versions.

T5 by you.

I’ve flown British Airways for more than ten years.  They have constantly improved their service, systems, food, seats and lounges.  Of course there are problems now and then, and I’ve had my fair share of rows with their staff (the inherently stupid ones), but today I’m writing this from the BA lounge at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5.  Wow…  The furniture, ambiance, size, food, drinks, reading material, service (I could go on for a while)…

Most impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the view.

Leaving by you.

 

This trip will start off as work then into a holiday a few days later.  I can’t wait for the latter.  I enjoy my work but it really is time for a break after more than one year with only a week’s break.

The sun is setting over Heathrow’s horizon. 

I took this an hour before we boarded.

… and pleased to say this will not be a business trip.  Can’t wait to see my wife and kids.

I was tidying up my files when I came across this photo.  Flying back from Paris (over Germany) I saw this 747 from my window.  I managed to catch it before it disappeared into a line of condensation.  Photograph taken on 21 01 2008.