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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Hotel Style & Decoration at Boston

May 2017

Boston is still such a lovely layover and this time I could enjoy really hot weather and sunny days.

Icelandair at Logan Intl Airport

Vintage SATA A310 that went tech

Boston Common Park is always a must visit place for me. And what a contrast without snow and with flowers blooming everywhere in the middle of the splendid green!


Another thing that amazed me was this chair in our new hotel. Strange but captivating form of art.




See you soon again, Boston! It's always a pleasure to visit you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Caracas: enjoying the pool at the hotel

October 2016

This was my first time flying to Venezuela. By that time we still had layovers in Caracas before the political situation worsened.

Still in Lisbon, our Airbus A330 was parked in the ramp area in front of Terminal 2, an unusual location since the T2 became a low cost terminal a few years ago.

Parked at LIS - T2

And then we arrived at Simón Bolívar Airport in Maiquetía.




During our taxi-in to the gate I could spot several classic/vintage aircraft like the DC-9 and the Boeing 737-200.



We were advised not to go beyond the hotel perimeter so my stay was basically enjoying the pool and the sun while reading a book (The Martian) and hearing to some of that noisy and vintage air traffic taking off - our hotel was was strategically located nearby the airport.







 Soon it was time to return back home...

Strong beliefs...

The passengers' terminal of Símon Bolívar Airport seems like it is frozen in the 70/80s. Before our departure I could spot the majestic Jumbo of Air Pullmantur (now Wamos Air) which was operating for Conviasa by that time.


I don't know if I will ever return to Venezuela again. Our flights are now being operated by a third party airline. But if I am to go back one day to Caracas I hope things have improved in order to explore more of this city.

Across the pond...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Flying for the first time to Bucharest

March 2018

It seems like I'm only assigned for medium haul during the months partially covered with holidays. I'm quite sure I'll be moving to the intercontinental fleet soon, leaving the current mixed fleet regime.
So, it is with no surprise, that despite TAP having launched flights to Bucharest first in 2012 (until 2016) and then in 2017, Otopeni Airport was still missing in my logbook.

Being a round trip flight all night long, you might suspect it is not very popular among the crews. And because Bucharest is located more to the east, it means that the return flight is flown already in the daylight.

Anyway, it's always nice to fly for the first time to a new airport. At least I had some curiosity. Otopeni Airport is named after Henri Coandă, an aerodynamics pioneer which is well known among Aerospace Engineers because of the Coandă effect. It really took me back to my old engineering student days...

Coandă effect

During the turnaround time I took a few photos. The landscape in the vicinity of the airport was all covered with snow and I always find it so beautiful!


I was looking out for some TAROM traffic (the flag carrier of Romania) but I was only able to spot one movement after we closed doors to initiate the return flight to Lisbon.

Wizz Air A321 wit hsharklets

After a very smooth flight, we had a morning arrival in Lisbon and a last view of our beautiful Airbus A319 "Camilo Castelo Branco" which was still bearing the old "TAP Portugal" designation on both sides of the tail fin.

A319 tail number CS-TTN