Night plane spotting images from Bangalore airport

Today, some night plane spotting photos for your enjoyment.

Spotting at night throws up some unique challenges. The aircraft need to be stationary, and the photographer requires good anticipation to capture the image in those few seconds between an aircraft’s arrival at the gate and it being swarmed by ground support equipment and people, or from the time of its push back till it taxies out, and it goes without saying, you cannot use a flash.

Despite these challenges, the results can be quite spectacular.

This is the passenger terminal building of the Bengaluru International Airport. Some may consider it a drab box, but it transforms in to an oasis of light during the night. Do observe the light trails of a business jet taking off over the terminal.
Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore terminal building at night
Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-400 D-ABTK arrives after its ten hour flight from Frankfurt. Standing almost 100 metres away did not prevent me from getting buffeted by the hot and strong exhaust gases, even though the engines were at idle power.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 D-ABTK
Cathay Pacific’s subsidiary Dragon Air operates an Airbus A330-300 to Bangalore. Here is B-HWI wearing the 25 years anniversary livery, just a few minutes before being closed up for departure back to Hong Kong in the wee hours of the night.
DragonAir Airbus A330-343X B-HWI at Night
An unusual shot of the only Boeing 727 operating in India. This clean and gleaming plane N727VJ has oodles of shiny chrome and is one of the private jets of the Mallya family. It features winglets on which the beacon light shines like a bright diamond. A pity that Dr. Mallya does not ensure the other planes of his Kingfisher fleet are kept as clean as this one.
Dr. Vijay Mallya private jet Boeing 727-44 N727VJ
As usual comments are welcome. Images are the copyright of Devesh Agarwal.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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