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Air India at Washington Dulles International Airport

On a warm, drizzly Summer morning, Air India's inaugural flight between Delhi, India, and Washington, DC landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, greeted by a delegation from the Embassy of India, distinguished guests, and a crowd of media who gathered alongside the runway.  Upon landing, the 777-200LR was welcomed with a ceremonial water arch, and the aircraft blessed upon arriving to its gate.

Following refreshments, a press conference commenced with performances of Jana Gana Mana and The Star-Spangled Banner, national anthems of India and the United States, and a traditional Indian dance.  Speakers included Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ambassador of India to the United States His Excellency Navtej Sarna, Air India’s Chairman Ashwani Lohani, and representatives from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Margaret McKeough, and Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Jerome Davis.  After remarks from each of the speakers, a ceremonial cake cutting and exchange of gifts was enjoyed by the distinguished guests.

After the festivities, I made my way onto the ramp for one more aircraft walk around, and finally onto the runway to watch Air India’s flight depart Dulles for the first time on it’s new non-stop route back to Indira Gandhi International Airport.  Luckily the weather had cleared up during the press conference and the skies were now blue with heavy bands of clouds quickly moving across the horizon, creating additional dramatic effect for Air India’s first departure.

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We don't believe in walls; 

we believe in bridges.

Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Turkish Airlines Business Lounge

On the final day of September, Turkish Airlines celebrated the grand opening of their new Business Lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport.  It is Turkish's first airline lounge in the United States, and is available for use by Business and Elite passengers, and Gold level Star Alliance members.

Many of my pictures of the newly opened lounge were featured in USA Today's article about the new lounge; I encourage you to read the article online here.  Here are some highlights to enjoy.

There is also a VIP Lounge on the upper level.

If you didn't read already, go check out the USA Today article, in which my photos were featured.

ANA's Star Wars BB8 777 at Dulles

A short time ago, at an airport near, near DC...

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DISCOVERY AT DULLES

It is a time of celebration.  All Nippon Airways has been building up its fleet on planet Earth.  With three new jets, ANA has set out on a mission to unite Star Wars fans across the galaxy.

ANA has sent its most daring crew on a mission to Washington, DC.  Piloting a 777-381ER with droid BB-8, the crew unites a group of allies gathered on the runway welcoming their guests.

With daily service between WASHINGTON, DC and TOKYO, All Nippon Airways continues to connect opposite sides of Earth.  After a short visit, BB-8 races home aboard his 777, offering passengers Star Wars themed accoutrements, before heading to the next special appearance destination...

I wanted the "waving" photos to resemble the farewell photos from the 25th Anniversary Flight event in 2011; several of my photos from that event made it into USA Today.

As an aside, here is a photo of me on R/W 1C / 19C's hold-short with my "big lens."  That is smoke from the ARFF burn facility in the distance - in other words, a controlled fire at a training facility during an exercise.  Thanks again to Airport Operations for getting me around the airfield quickly and safely to make these photos possible!

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