Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI "Fanhansa" Livery
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI "Fanhansa" Livery

Through the lens: Delhi after dark – part 1

Last month, we had the opportunity to shoot on the airside at Delhi International Airport (DIAL) at night. Like most of the major Indian airports, the night in Delhi brings with it a host of international traffic, most of which are wide bodies, which offers a great number of interesting photo opportunities.

First up is a Dreamliner of Air India, VT-ANJ is a two year old Boeing 787-8, which was built at Boeing’s Charleston plant. It is powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B engines. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANJ

JA619A is a four year old Boeing 767-300 belonging to All Nippon Airways (ANA). It is powered by two General Electric GE CF6-80C2B6F engines. The blue wave on the fuselage of the aircraft is the made by the torch light of the ground crew doing a final inspection before the aircraft is pushed back.

All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 JA619A
All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 JA619A

B-5290 is a two year old  Boeing 737-700 of China Southern Airlines. It is powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B22E engines. A 737 is a rare catch in India, as this route is usually operated by the larger Boeing 757.

China Southern Boeing 737-700 B-5290
China Southern Boeing 737-700 B-5290

VT-JWT is a one of the newest A330-300s of Jet Airways at less than one year of ago. It is powered by two General Electric GE CF6-80E1A4 engines. It is seen here being loaded for it’s next flight.

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWT

As always the best for the last. Lufthansa’s D-ABYI is a one year old Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental named Potsdam. Powered by four General Electric GEnx-2B67 engines. It is one of the eight aircraft that carry Lufthansa’s special Fanhansa livery, a celebratory scheme for this year’s FIFA world cup in Brazil. The German national football team was flown to Brazil on-board another Fanhansa liveried aircraft, D-AIHQ an Airbus A340-600.

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI "Fanhansa" Livery
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYI “Fanhansa” Livery

Please check back next week for Part-2 and as always, share your thoughts via a comment.

About Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

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  1. Fantastic Pics. Look forward to the part 2. Hope to see more of the fuselage in the photos (referring to pics of AI, ANA & Jet) but guessing that you may have not been allowed to venture into the aircraft area for security reasons. BTW a slightly off topic ques – does anyone know which 787 is AI planning to paint in the Star Alliance livery?

  2. Surprised LH didn’t carry out a press release in India for its Fanhansa aircraft.

  3. Great Pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Siddarth Bhandary

    Nice pictures Vedant. Looking forward to the next part.

  5. Beautiful photo Vedant, well done.

  6. M. Azizul Islam

    Beautiful photos Vedant, well done.

  7. Nice pics, do try to focus on the fan blades and the nozzles of the newer engines compared to the older ones.