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Our Airfield Tour at Chicago-O’Hare Airport

Our Airfield Tour at Chicago-O’Hare Airport

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While at Chicago-O’Hare Airport earlier today, we were fortunate enough to enjoy an airfield tour, courtesy of the airport’s Operations department. The morning arrivals bank had just come in, but there was plenty to see during our hours on the field.

Here are the tracks for the flights we were able to take photos of while on the field.

Flight tracks of the aircraft featured below.
Flight tracks of the aircraft featured below.

We hope to be back out on the field in the future for special events, but until then, please enjoy the photos from today’s tour.

Virgin Atlantic A330-343 | G-VSXY

Inbound from London, Virgin Atlantic operates seasonal service to Chicago as VS39/40. In the past, Virgin Atlantic has operated the London-Chicago flight with an A340-600, but it has now switched to A330-300 service. Today’s flight was operated by G-VSXY.

Virgin Atlantic A330, G-VSXY
Virgin Atlantic A330, G-VSXY

 

Air Berlin A330-223 | D-ALPI

Air Berlin operates one daily flight to Chicago, seen here about to touch down on Runway 28C, one of O’Hare’s A380 capable runways.

Air Berlin A330, D-APLI
Air Berlin A330, D-APLI

 

All Nippon Airways 777-381ER | JA779A

ANA operates two daily flights from Tokyo to Chicago. The first flight arrives early in the day and departs mid-morning. Here, JA779A, operating the first return flight, departs O’Hare’s Runway 28R for Narita.

ANA 777, JA779A
ANA 777, JA779A

 

Austrian Airlines 777-2B8ER | OE-LPD

Austrian Airlines recently refreshed their livery and OE-LPD has already been repainted. Austrian previously sent a 767 on their Vienna-Chicago route, but recently up-gauged to a 777.

Austrian 777, OE-LPD
Austrian 777, OE-LPD

 

United Express (TransStates Airlines)  ERJ-145XR | N18102

While O’Hare sees its share of large aircraft, the airport actually deals with far more smaller jets. In fact, almost 60% of the airport’s total daily movements are Bombardier and Embraer regional jets. This Embraer ERJ-145 is landing from Wichita, Kansas, after 90 minute flight.

United Express E145, N18102
United Express E145, N18102

 

EVA Air Cargo  747-45E(BDSF) | B-16406

Chicago’s O’Hare also supports an extensive air cargo operation. The South Cargo area (pictured) hosts major parcel carriers FedEx and UPS as well as air cargo operators, like EVA Air Cargo, NCA, Turkish Cargo, China Airlines Cargo and many more. This EVA Air Cargo 747 was delivered new to EVA Air in 1995 and flew in passenger configuration until 2007, when it was converted to a freighter. The BDSF suffix on the aircraft type refers to the Bedek Special Freighter, which is the name given to 747s converted to freighter configuration by Bedek Aviation Group.

EVA Air Cargo 747, B-16406
EVA Air Cargo 747, B-16406

 

We hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did and we’ll have more airfield tours coming very soon. Look for us at Heathrow Airport in London next week! For more information about our Heathrow Tour and live (hopefully) video, watch our twitter.

 

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