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Mid-Summer Spotting Part #3 A Recent Look at Narrow Body Traffic at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

By: Category: AirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAviation Slowdown

As we wrap up our look into a recent spotting trip to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, we take a closer look at the narrow body and regional traffic. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is an important hub for both American and United and a focus city for Frontier and Spirit, naturally you will see a good portion of traffic from them.

It is quite common to see their Airbuses, Boeings, Embraer’s, and Mitsubishis arriving and departing in a variety of color schemes. Several other Domestic, Canadian, and Mexican airlines also serve O’Hare with a variety of aircraft types in several different color schemes. Chicago O’Hare never disappoints the spotter, pandemic or no pandemic as there is no shortage in interesting movements to be seen.

Until next time, “Blue Skies to All!”...

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Mid-Summer Spotting Part #2 A Recent Look at the Freighter Traffic at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAviation Slowdown

We continue our look into a recent spotting trip to Chicago O’Hare International Airport with a closer look at pure freighter traffic. The downturn in traffic on the passenger side has been very evident since the Covid-19 Pandemic began, but that has not affected air freight in the least, with current demand often exceeding capacity.

O’Hare has always been an important and busy cargo hub, and has seen an increase in traffic with passenger aircraft being pressed into service as freighters carrying cargo in their belly holds. On any given day you will see a wide variety of freighters including numerous Boeing 747’s from Atlas Air and a variety of Boeing 767’s operating by ATSG Holdings for Amazon...

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Mid-Summer Spotting Part #1 A Recent Look at the Widebody Traffic at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

By: Category: AirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAviation PhotographyAviation Slowdown

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect air traffic and the airline industry globally. Air Travel is slowly recovering with most airlines adding flights and putting aircraft back into service, but there is a very long way to go yet. I recently spent a few days spotting down at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and this downturn in traffic was very evident. On a typical day landing traffic will use up to four runways for simultaneous approaches, during my visit the traffic flow was light enough at times that all arriving traffic was easily accommodated on one runway.

Despite this downturn in traffic, O’Hare still offers the aviation enthusiast plenty of interesting aircraft types and airlines to be seen on a daily basis...

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