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I'll start this off with something I noticed this morning that may be related to something I saw last night.

I was down in Southlands yesterday at about 6:30 pm and had a pretty good view of the planes landing on 08L. There was a British Airways 744 parked at the usual gate, which I could also see from where I was at. At first I thought it was BA085 that had arrived early, but at 6:45 another BA plane appeared on the horizon and touched down on 08L. Therefore, I deduced that the one parked at the gate was BA087/086 that had not yet departed, for whatever reason. But, at 8:45 this morning, there was still a BA jet parked at that gate, so it must never have departed. Perhaps it broke down?

Other sightings from last night, all within about 40 minutes, were the two TPE arrivals - EVA Air (744) and China Airlines (343).

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Therefore, I deduced that the one parked at the gate was BA087/086 that had not yet departed, for whatever reason. But, at 8:45 this morning, there was still a BA jet parked at that gate, so it must never have departed. Perhaps it broke down?

G-BNLU's #3 engine was damaged during inbound of BA87 yesterday, I heard that this plane will be towing to AC hanger for engine replacement, it seems to be grounding at YVR about 1-2 weeks~~

However, the outbound BA86 was cancelled last night, only few pax onboard the next flight BA84~~

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Other sightings from last night, all within about 40 minutes, were the two TPE arrivals - EVA Air (744) and China Airlines (343).

It seems EVA and China Airlines always arrive together or within a very short time.

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It seems EVA and China Airlines always arrive together or within a very short time.

And according to my friends who work in customs, it creates a gong show! Having multiple other big flights coming in at the same time as a London arrival is bad enough, add to that the fact that we're talking two planeloads of people who don't necessarily speak English...

G-BNLU's #3 engine was damaged during inbound of BA87 yesterday, I heard that this plane will be towing to AC hanger for engine replacement, it seems to be grounding at YVR about 1-2 weeks~~

However, the outbound BA86 was cancelled last night, only few pax onboard the next flight BA84~~

A BA86 just left YVR within the past half hour. Wonder if this has any connection? Perhaps the broken plane got repaired already?

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Spotted a CX plane at the AC hangar this afternoon at about 14:30. I couldn't tell what kind of aircraft it was (only caught a glimpse of the tail). My speculation is that it is the A340 that was operating CX838/839 this cycle, 839 was supposed to depart at 15:10 but is currently delayed to 23:00...

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Spotted a CX plane at the AC hangar this afternoon at about 14:30. I couldn't tell what kind of aircraft it was (only caught a glimpse of the tail). My speculation is that it is the A340 that was operating CX838/839 this cycle, 839 was supposed to depart at 15:10 but is currently delayed to 23:00...

I got the info from my co-worker, they said X-ray Golf (B-HXG, that's the one got the Oneworld Alliance scheme) have the mechanical problems during arrival, CX engineering was sent H-ray Golf to AC hanger for maintenance instead at West de-icing pad due to the weather problem~~

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CI32/31, which is normally an A340-300, got switched to a 747 tonight. Managed to get a shot that is somewhat crappy, but you get the idea.

Pretty sure that registration is N168CL.

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Chineese airline with a american N registration?

Yes, that particular Chinese Airlines Boeing 747-400 does hold a United States "N" number for its registration as N168CL.

Registration was changed on December 20, 2006, due to the need of an in-house registration to help China Airlines to keep its F.A.A. repair station certificate. I also believe that the aircraft is owned by Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to December 20th, 2006, the aircraft serial number is B18209 and has been since June 25, 1999.

I also had heard at one time that the aircraft in question was part of an order which had been held up by for some time by China Airlines using the claim that higher fuel prices had eroded their availability to accept delivery at the original delivery dates and that further the United States government had become involved and later the airline accepted delivery.

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Not YVR related, but YLW (Kelowna) had an Antanov AN124 come in last last Saturday dropping off 6 helicopters to Kelowna Flightcraft. It came in direct from Kazan, Russia and then went on to Kansas City. YLW is expecting 2-3 flights a year with the AN124. Not bad for an airport who's largest plane up until a few years ago were just 737s. The first 757s started arriving (again for Kelowna Flightcraft) around 2005, we had our first widebody (a 767-200 also for KFC) last year and earlier this year, KFC brought in one of their DC10s to "open up" the newly extended runway.

I had to work that day so I couldn't get down to see it :) but here's a youtube link .....

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Spotting at YVR unusal sighting today 10OCT09

Volga-dneper AN124 RA-82081 technical stop at YVR then heading to Anchorage.

AeroMexico EI-DRE B737 weekly charter from Cancun

CXCargo B-HUH B744F silver bullet

Canadian Armed Forces CH146 Griffon helicopters, 8 of them at Shell. WOW

Volga_Dneper_RA82081_AN124_touch_down.jpg

CXCargo_B_HUH_B747F__3.jpg

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Not sure whose this one is, but it was parked near the south terminal...

VP- CNI is a former country registry code for the Soviet Union. The aircraft is an MD-87 or as some might say a DC-9-87. Aircraft is currently owned by Corporate AVN Holdings Corp. Had trouble tracking down additional info but the aircraft was formerly owned the MGM and previously by Golden Nugget. Does anyone believe that a group of casino owners from the former Soviet Union may be planning to open a casino in British Columbia. Just an off the cuff comment.

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VP-CNI is actually home based in YVR. It is usually parked on the western side of Landmark (or Shell) on the south side. Many business jets are registered in Caymen Island (may be for tax or legal reasons), thus VP-.

I believe this plane is owned by the holding company controlled by Mr. Frieland who makes his fortune in mining (Ivanhoe Mining etc.).

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VP-CNI is actually home based in YVR. Many business jets are registered in Caymen Island (may be for tax or legal reasons), thus VP-.

Well now, don't I look foolish. Upon looking further this morning I see that VP- CAA to VP-CZZ is allocated to the Cayman Islands. Info I was sourcing yesterday indicated the former Soviet Union. Quite interesting to note that the VP - identification is used by a number of smaller countries and island nations throughout the world with various segments of the three letter identification being allocated to different countries so that VP-AAA to VP-ZZZ could represent many different areas and one has to further distinguish where in the sequence the individual registration fall in the groupings.

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Today's China Eastern MU581/582 was an A346. Flightstats lists it as an A343.

MU is sending the A340-600 due to the ton of connection pax to Delhi, apparently the Delhi season in YVR start from the end of Oct, beside MU, BA, CA, CI, CX & LH will have a ton of Delhi pax as well~~

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MU is sending the A340-600 due to the ton of connection pax to Delhi, apparently the Delhi season in YVR start from the end of Oct, beside MU, BA, CA, CI, CX & LH will have a ton of Delhi pax as well~~

So MU is taking the India traffic from CX at YVR. The afternoon CX839 YVR-HKG flight usually have lots of pax heading to India.

Spotted this MU B-6055 A346 on 26NOV09 at YVR.

MU_B_6055_A346_2010_Expo_Better_City.jpg

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So MU is taking the India traffic from CX at YVR. The afternoon CX839 YVR-HKG flight usually have lots of pax heading to India.

Not just only MU582 and CX839, even BA84 & CI31 are taking the India traffic (Most of them to DEL) at night time, those 2 are the worst as I know that, specially CI31~~

For CX839, the online conx pax are mix with DEL (CX695) , MNL (CX905), TPE (CX408), AKL (CX107), JNB (CX748), CAN (KA786) etc. those night time HKG departures, but the majority conx pax are DEL (CX695)~~

One more news for YVR spotters

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 will be back to YVR since next Friday until 17 Jan 2010, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday on CX838/839~~

Spotted this MU B-6055 A346 on 26NOV09 at YVR.

My turn for B-6055, those shots were taken at the same place in 2 yrs ago~~

ChinaEastern_B-6055-1.jpg

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-467 pax aircraft returned to YVR, the first one back to YVR is - Hotel Oscar Oscar~~

CathayPacific_B-HOO.jpg

CathayPacific_B-HOO_a.jpg

Bonus: The usual guest in YVR - Air China A330-243 B-6075 with "Purple Gold" scheme~~

AirChina_B-6075-1.jpg

<_<:P

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