Tag Archives: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

American Airlines Boeing and Airbus jets


This is a great picture taken by a pilot while taxiing to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A nice mix of the old and new when thinking about today’s American Airlines.

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and A320 jets are parked in the East Hold Bay while waiting for their respective gates to open up.


Phoenix Sky Harbor Aiport

I’ve been flying into and out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, as a pilot, since I first arrived in Arizona 1978.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport - Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper

I arrived in August to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an incoming freshman.

The university’s western residential campus is located in Prescott and I was part of the first group of students to attend their then-new campus in the fall of 78.

Here is a great link to a look back at the past 35 years of Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor Airport.

I can remember watching Terminal 3 being built and the excitement of my very first visit inside the complex when traveling as a passenger on American Airlines!

For additional information on Embry-Riddle in Prescott, please click here.

AA Maddog

I really like this foto of the American Airlines MD80s parked at their DFW gates. I’ve many fond memories of this once ubiquitous jet while flying for AWA & US Airways during the 80s & 90s.

Courtesy - Terry Maxon and The Dallas Morning News
Courtesy – Terry Maxon and The Dallas Morning News

Years ago, I commuted back and forth to ORD on the 80 for about two years. Therefore, the Maddog has a special place in my heart. My fave seat, A3!

A Beautiful Sunrise from 35,000′

Climbing out of Boise yesterday morning, I got to watch a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains! Aaahhhh..

Sunrise over the Wasatch Mountains
Sunrise over the Mountains..

One of the nice pleasures of this job, sipping a fresh cup of coffee, flying the Airbus and watching the sun rise!

Passing Through PHX..

Weekday morning rush hour traffic (10am) at PHX Sky Harbor International Airport.

Catering restocks my A320
Catering restocks my A320

I’ve flown this B757 to Hawaii many times when I used to fly the 757 series out of PHX. She really looks nice in the new AA colors! The aircraft was parked at an adjacent gate yesterday morning.

AWA/AA B757 at PHX

We’re parked awaiting a taxi clearance from the ramp control personnel. As you can see, a busy time at Sky Harbor.

AWA/US/AA Airbus A321
AWA/US/AA Airbus A321
PHX Terminal 4 ramp
PHX Terminal 4 ramp

AA and US Airbus A319 Liveries

Courtesy - PHX Spotters
Courtesy – PHX Spotters

A very cool foto – thanks to the PHX Spotters group!

The A319 in the new AA livery, N814AW, was the very first Airbus I ever flew as a captain on a flight PHX-DFW in June 2012.

I had just transitioned over to the Airbus fleet having spent 15-years flying the B757 as a captain. The Airbus offered me a far superior lifestyle and a much more flexible work schedule out of the Phoenix pilot base. I’ve been flying the Airbus for two+ years now and this has proven to be very true.

This foto shows N814AW, with the former US Airways livery, while taxing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Courtesy - Airliners.net N814AW
Courtesy – Airliners.net N814AW