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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Planespotting at Madrid Barajas

While we wait for the volcanic ash to dissipate, here are some pictures that I took on a recent trip to Madrid Barajas (MAD) a very interesting airport for planespotting and one of Europe's main connecting hubs if you are flying towards Latin America. It is certainly the best place in Europe to spot planes from that part of the globe. I hope you enjoy the pictures!


An Easyjet A319, Easyjet has built an active base at MAD in the past few years despite strong competition from Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia, Spanair and Air Europa, all of them with an important presence at Madrid Barajas.


A Boeing 767 of Venezuelan airline SBA (formerly known as Santa Barbara Airlines), that covers the route to Caracas.


One of Air Europa's A330, Air Europa is the Spanish member of Skyteam


A Philippines Airlines A340. Despite being a former Spanish colony, the air links between the Philippines and Spain are very few. This is actually the first time I see a Philippine plane at Madrid Barajas.


If this post is about MAD, Iberia could not be missed. Here a McDonnell Douglas MD-87, one of the few left in the fleet, that is progressively becoming Airbus-only.


A Boeing 757 operated by Spanish carrier Gestair Cargo. The image quality is not very good as I got some light reflected on the terminal's windows...


An Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 747 getting ready for the daily night flight to Buenos Aires (EZE)



Swiss A320, a regular visitor at MAD.


A colourful livery by Brazilian airline TAM. Already in a World Cup mood!


A pair of Jumbos operated by Spanish charter carrier Air Pullmantur, usually flying Spanish tourists to the Caribbean beaches.

1 comments:

Joshua Ahyong said...

This is odd. All Philippine carriers have been barred and blacklisted from entering the EU for several years now because of safety issues. Is this an older photo? Although, I'd love to see the day when Philippine Airlines relaunches their flights to Europe especially to Spain. Somehow though I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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