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Old 27th October 2018, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Views from a Window Seat

Over the years, I have noticed that on flights, a significant proportion of passengers don’t appear to have any interest in the sights out of the window. This is a pity, because there are often amazing sights to be seen from the window seat.

Often, what you see depends on luck. Time of flight matters, as does flight routing and weather, not to mention which side of the plane you are sitting.

Very occasionally, everything falls into place, and from your window seat, you are rewarded with unusual sights, or at the very least views of major landmarks from a rare vantage point high in the sky.

Sometimes there is help from the cockpit: some pilots take great pleasure in pointing out sights and landmarks to passengers over the PA. But even without these announcements, the airshow map displays available on many aircraft these days make it easier to identify prominent landmarks to look out for.

I consider gazing out of aircraft windows a form of IFE. Sometimes it is an occasional glance out of the window on a long sector. On other flights, I have spent lots of time with my face plastered to the window, looking down at a gorgeous ever-changing landscape.

I thought that a thread on this topic would be interesting, and invite everyone to post pictures of what they have observed out the window on their flights.

I will also be posting window-seat pictures from some of the trips I have taken over the years. To kick things off, here is a picture out of the window just after departing from Changi Airport in 2016…

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Old 27th October 2018, 07:54 PM   #2
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I just not happy unless my seat number has the letter A at the end of it!

I can't ever get good photos due to low light and interior reflections, but I'm so familiar with the experience of arriving at Changi at night from MEL. Singapore always looks as though someone has adjusted every leaf on each tree with a pair of tweezers...
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Old 27th October 2018, 10:11 PM   #3
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Mount Fuji, Taken in 2016



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Old 27th October 2018, 10:13 PM   #4
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San Francisco, Taken in 2015

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Old 27th October 2018, 10:20 PM   #5
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Flying over Macau, taken in 2017

Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge
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Old 27th October 2018, 10:27 PM   #6
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Flight from KUL - SIN, taken in 2016

Singapore taken from 23,000 feet
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Old 28th October 2018, 03:09 PM   #7
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Very nice pics of Mt Fuji and SF, ninervictor!

On my flights to Tokyo, I've never had really good views of Mt Fuji. There was one flight where I passed some distance away and had good views, but it was the wrong time of year, and there was no snow on the peak, like in your photos.



The pic above taken in Oct 2015 on SQ632 SIN-HND (TR here), not long before you took your picture in 2016!
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Old 28th October 2018, 03:20 PM   #8
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Views of the Suez Canal from an EK A380 DXB-BCN in March 2016 (TR here).





Even from cruising altitude, it is possible to see ships navigating the busy waterway...





That flight also passed close to Cairo, however I was not able to locate the Great Pyramids of Giza.

It was only more than a year later, in Sep 2017, on Scoot TR701 ATH-SIN that I managed to spot the Pyramids (TR here)...






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Old 28th October 2018, 03:37 PM   #9
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There is often a lot to see arriving or departing from LAX.

These pics of the iconic Hollywood sign on Mount Lee in Los Angeles are from SQ12 NRT-LAX in Oct 2015 (TR here.)




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Old 28th October 2018, 02:55 PM   #10
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I just not happy unless my seat number has the letter A at the end of it!


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Singapore always looks as though someone has adjusted every leaf on each tree with a pair of tweezers...
Well not quite, but details of every single tree in the country are stored in a browsable public database...

https://www.nparks.gov.sg/trees

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Thanks for sharing, yflyer.
I am a big fan of views from a window seat myself.
So am I! Although these days I typically select an aisle seat so that I can get up to stretch or use the bathroom more easily. At least on most A380's and 777's the aircraft doors also have windows so I can still take pictures from those if I don't have a window seat...

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Old 27th October 2018, 10:50 PM   #11
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Thanks for sharing, yflyer.
I am a big fan of views from a window seat myself.
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Old 28th October 2018, 11:01 PM   #12
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Old 29th October 2018, 09:06 AM   #13
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Nice pictures there as well yflyer

I do enjoy window seats as well, every flight is a must, even though if it's a red eye, I still enjoy looking out at gaze at the stars. Some routes I even look at the FR24 track to spot any potential landmarks or decide which side to sit A / K, for example, to avoid the sun or catch sunrise/set

But only once I experience a "terrifying" view out of my window.. was on a flight from NRT-SIN on ANA, above Philipines airspace not far from Manila, the engines suddenly kicked into full throttle and I can feel the plane climb quite steeply. It was about 10~ pm most passengers were sleeping as the cabin was dark, I saw a plane flew pass below mine
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Old 29th October 2018, 09:38 AM   #14
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A familiar sight to many with flying ex-Sin. Countless vessels dotting the seascape.
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Old 29th October 2018, 09:41 AM   #15
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Blurred image of the Petronas Towers in KL. Apologies for the circle, I am unable to find the original image file and had to use the one I sent to someone.
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