It’s been a while since I visited Wellington Airport with the sole purpose of taking photographs, but today was such a day.

Despite significant cloud the day was very bright — a little too bright — and because of my chosen vantage point, I was on the wrong side of the runway for the sun to be in my favour. That vantage point was on top of the multi-storey car park which offers some really good views including almost all of the runway. One just has to be aware of light poles.

The angles on offer include the approach threshold of RWY16 with Evans Bay in the background, where we see Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200LR, 9V-SQL, about to touch down from Melbourne.

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In the middle of the runway, the height gives a much greater sense of the aircraft being “in the airport,” with the background here offering the Life Flight BK-117 and its hangar as a backdrop to departing Air New Zealand Link (Air Nelson) Bombardier DHC-8 Q300, ZK-NEE which still wears the teal colours.

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Another Q300, register-adjacent and also still in teal, is ZK-NED which here has Lyall Bay, complete with surfers, as its backdrop.

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Whereas Air New Zealand Airbus A320, ZK-OJH, which wears the Star Alliance livery, takes a little longer in the take off roll, being barely airborne at the same point.

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You can see the full selection of 24 images that I published today over on Flickr.


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