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For some travelers, flying isn’t exactly a great pleasure. But for us at TPG, it’s an amazing source of entertainment. We think a window seat is — for the most part — as good an inflight entertainment system as the screens built into the seat in front of you, and we’re often in awe of a view not seen by mankind until just last century.
We had a feeling many of readers would agree.
Late last month, we asked thecommunity to share their favorite photos taken from a plane. In the , we explained that some of our favorites would be featured in a post this month. We asked readers to include a brief caption to provide context, and to include their handle if they have one. Other than that, we left it open ended since we knew we’d be in for a treat. Within 24 hours, we had over 700 submissions from TPG readers, taken from all over the world. Due to the clear popularity, we’ll definitely be doing this again.
So, in the spirit of 2017, we present, in no particular order, our 17 favorite photos taken by the TPG community.
And remember, these are just some of our favorites: there were many, many others that blew us away. Check them all out.
3. Dubai International Airport (DXB). As an AvGeek, this has to be one of my favorites of the lot, as with a bird’s eye view, we peer down on the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Notice the main terminal buildings, including the A380-only concourse A, and, of course the active traffic (can you identify the plane on the runway?). Taken by TPG readeron the way from Delhi (DEL) to Doha (DOH). And yes, this was taken before airspace restrictions due to a diplomatic crisis would bar Qatari flights bound for Doha from overflying the United Arab Emirates.
4. Sunrise over the North Cascade Mountains, en route from Hong Kong (HKG) to Chicago (ORD). Based on the color of the mammoth GE90-115B engine and the raked wingtip, this is a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER. Watching the sunrise thousands of feet above snowcapped mountains in the luxury of — based on the photo — Cathay Pacific business class is a personal goal of mine, and an experience I hope is as inspiring as the one depicted here. Taken by TPG reader.
5. Hot Air Balloons over Luxor, Egypt. A beautiful shot, taken by TPG reader.
6. Turning onto final approach in(HKG). A stunning photo taken onboard a United with a view of Hong Kong’s famous skyline and surrounding terrain. Taken by TPG reader .
7. Zipping out of Male (MLE) on the way to the Gan Islands in the. Filters aside, we love the view of the super-dense city of Male below. A trip to the Maldives will likely involve your taking a similar prop plane of out Male airport and towards whichever atoll you’ve chosen to stay in. We’d recommend the .Taken by TPG reader
8. Mt. Everest, Nepal. This may be our single favorite shot of them all. A stunning view of the world’s mightiest mountain. Shown here are both Everest itself, the 29,028 ft summit in the center of the image, and 27,940 ft Lhotse immediately to the right in the image, the fourth-highest mountain in the world. It’s not easy to get to Everest, but if you make the trek, you’ll likely end up going through Tenzing-Hillary (aka Lukla) Airport (LUA), an airport famous for itstake off and landings. Taken by TPG reader
9. The Chicago Loop. Those familiar with flying in and out of O’Hare (ORD) will recognize this stunning Chicago cityscape. It’s a classic shot of downtown Chicago — The Loop — taken after departure from the Midwest mega-hub. Views of Millennial Park, Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the vast Lake Michigan are all crystal clear here. Be sure to sit on the left-side window next time your travels take you out of ORD! Taken by TPG reader, captured last month.
12. Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights and Jersey City at sunrise. For veteran window-seat passengers, this is another classic photo of a major US city skyline taken on approach. If there’s any benefit in flying into Laguardia (LGA), it’s the view on arrival. When winds are from the North, those on the left side of the plane will get an unobstructed view like this one as the plane flies towards the airport, parallel to Manhattan. We particularly love how the morning rays strike only the skyscrapers in the shot, as the lower-rises await for sunlight of their own. Taken by TPG reader.
14. Beirut, Lebanon. Another case of “be on the left side of the airplane.” Passengers seated at a port-side window will catch a gorgeous glimpse of the storied city on approach to its airport. This photo, taken by TPG readeron an MEA A330, showcases winter afternoon sunlight on this Middle Eastern beauty.
15. San Francisco, California. TPG readerwas headed to LAX from Tokyo (NRT) on an American Airlines Dreamliner in October when he awoke just in time to snap this incredible view of San Francisco. From the Golden Gate Bridge on the right side of the frame to SFO airport on the left, you can see just about the entire city here. Taken from seat 1L.
17. Sunrise, somewhere over China. Taken over what looks to be water, this shot speaks for itself. Many say sunsets look best from the water, I say they look even better from the window. Taken by TPG reader.