Swiss McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 HB-IWC
Another old one, scanned from a paper photo. Old times, nice airplanes, but not a good equipment and even less photography skills.
Swiss was just rearranging after Swissair bankruptcy, that happened some months before that. But some planes were already operating wearing the new identity and name. Most of Swissair and Crossair planes were transferred to Swiss International Airlines, the new company. HB-IWC was among these. A loyal MD-11, operating since new on the Swiss airline.
This was taken at the old I-09 position (I don't know if this name is still kept, after GRU Airport rearranged those parking positions). But this was a spotting point where good photos could be taken. I'll write a post about it :) Trivia: Swissair was a loyal Douglas/McDonnell-Douglas customer. They operated almost all jets from Douglas. DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-80, MD-11. And never had any Boeing 737 on the fleet. The only jet Boeing they operated was the 747. And all these had Pratt-Whitney engines. Swiss now operates Boeing 777-300ER.
Swissair was one of the few airlines in the world that operated both Convair CV-880 and CV-990 "Coronado". There were one of the three first generation USA quadrijets (B707, DC-8 and CV880/990). CV990 sold only 37 units. 8 to Swissair. (Brazilian VARIG also operates three brand-new of these). Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)
SN: 48445 LN: 460
Delivered new to Swissair (defunct 2002) on April 1991. Then, Swiss, same registration in April 2002. Converted to freighter on April 2004, to FedEx, but not taken up (N626FE). Then Martinair (Netherlands) as PH-MCY on October 2004. WFU and stored on December 2015.
Now: Scrapped at MHV (Mojave, California)
Canon Prima Minishot with Kodak Gold Ultra
Tails at GRU - July 2007
This is one of my favorite aviation photos theme: Tails. Here we see (front to back)
Air China Airbus A330-243 B-6076
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGB
Iberia Airbus A340-313X EC-HQH
All them are still flying. Only EC-HQH changed livery and now is flying for Phillipine Airlines as RP-C3438 (since 2013). Why this comment? Well, things now a days change fast. Ten years, now, seems to be an eternity for most of us. So, I must say, I got surprised to see that at least two of these are still at their original operators fleets. Many of these Iberia A340s were WFU and scrapped, for example.
Trivia: This was my first photo accepted at Jetphotos
Even the terminal changed. Now, most of the international flights are operated at Terminal 3, that, by the way, doesn't have these spotting observation decks. This is now called terminal 2, that was previously terminal 1, wing A. Well, better stop! :P
Now Air China flies to Brazil with 787's. British, 777's and Iberia with A330's.
Shortened description of the planes:
Air China (China)
Airbus A330-243 (RR Trent)
Delivered new to Air China on December 2006
British Airways (UK)
Boeing 747-436 (RR RB211)
Delivered new to BA on January 1999
Airbus A340-313X (CFMI CFM56-5C)
EC-HQH "Mariana de Silva"
Delivered new to Iberia on March 2001. Then re-registered on 2010 as EC-LHM "Galapagos Ecuador" at Iberia (why???).
Now: Philipine Airlines RP-C3438 since October 2013.
July 08th 2007