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Friday, September 14, 2012

Again at Manchester Airport...

September 2012

This was my second flight to this airport (MAN) - first one here. This time we parked near a beautiful Etihad A330-200 so I took the opportunity to take some pictures.

Dark clouds @ MAN

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix markings

Rolls Royce Trent

Wings challenge: A319 vs. A330... and the winner is... bah!

On the other side we had this Thomas Cook A321.

G-DHJH

Although we had some demanding passengers (specially on the first leg) with lots of gin and tonic served, this was a pleasant flight with the aircraft always on schedule, an A319 (the best aircraft of the fleet to work on) and a nice crew.

During the flight I noticed a little but very interesting detail on a container. Can you also find it in this first photo?

Catering container

OK, let's zoom it!

TAP logos

Yes! The two old logos, particularly that one from the 60's and 70's caught my attention! I believe this is an artistic note of someone skilled and nostalgic about those times and not an official marking! Otherwise this container have been flying since the 70s! I really don't believe that, despite some really old and worn-out containers can be found on some flights. On the other hand, the 2nd logo from the 80s (my all-time favorite) is still easily seen.

But wait... There's more to show about this container! If you open it, on the inside you would find another logo!

Air Atlantis

Air Atlantis was the charter branch of TAP Air Portugal from mid 80s to early 90s. The airline was closed in 1993 so I guess this container has been flying for at least some 19/20 years.

And a final photo of a TNT 737 after we arrived back in Lisbon.

sure we can

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