Dubai Transit #2
A murky pre-dawn in the desert saw us arrive in our Boeing 777-200 - shame as I was planning for a needed -300 - and park on the most remote stand possible in the north end of the airfield. The bus drive therefore produced a number of the based carrier that I had hoped for on the previous transit, although another Air China A.330-200 had just pushed back from the terminal and was bathed in darkness on the taxiway. I didn't try too hard during the slightly longer than planned transit, but managed a few more on another bus journey to our ride home back to Newcastle, four or five Emirates machines including our own A.330-200 being parked even further away still, on the air show apron. The taxi out again failed to provide sufficiently good poling opportunities through dusty cabin windows, although the holding point on the eastern side of the 30R threshold just as we rolled, set me off home nicely .... a Kingfisher ATR.72 followed by the Pars Air Il-76 EP-PCB !.
Wed 5/3/8 - OMDB/DXB - Dubai International
772 MH MI ML WA
773 MR* MS MX BA* BD* BN* BQ BS* BT BW* BZ* CB* CF*
332 AB AE AG AJ AM* KQ KR KW KX KY
A7-CJB A.319-133LR 2341 Qatar Airways
SU-GCC* A.320-232 2088 Egyptair
TC-JRD* A.321-231 3015 Turkish Airlines
VT-KAB* 72-212A 728 Kingfisher Airlines
EP-PCB Il-76 Pars Air
A6-DPW ERJ.135BJ 955 Private
N450AR Gulfstream IV 1069
A6-ZZZ Hawker 850XP ??????
It was however in the end an extremely lucrative honeymoon, making 41 airliners in Dubai and a further 212 in Australia. The important VH- needs totals are as small as I could have ever wished for I think ....
QFA 3x734 4x738 1x744 2x763 5xA333
VOZ 4x737 1x738
I made 30 A.330s (including 12 B- machines) 95 Boeing 737s (including 58 -800s) and 36 777s- (including 26 UAE machines - I had only seen one from the A6-EB./EC. batches as a single man, I now only need 9).
And almost exactly two weeks after that dodgy burger in an Irish bar in central Sydney, I am almost over the Montezuma's !!
Colour-scheme details - VOZ 738s in Pacific Blue livery seen were VOQ VOX VUH VUM VUN, while Airbus A.330-200s EBG EBH EBI wear the new QANTAS livery, not Jetstar.