I love to travel a lot! My thirst for traveling took me to 40 countries in this world. In this process, I visited 77 airports and took 193 flights. I spent a significant amount of time in airports looking at the airplanes. This airline in photos story is a depiction of some of the pictures of the planes I captured during my travel journey. I took all the photos below myself, some of them were taken through glasses, and some of them were taken while I was boarding. Even, some of them were taken in spite of threats from the security forces – I don’t understand, why someone would become angry for taking photos of a plane. Nevertheless, in spite of having some glares, low resolutions, and obstacles, these photos of the airline are full of colors, and each of them is uniquely beautiful.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Each time, I see a Biman, my heart starts pounding. This is the national carrier of Bangladesh, the country I belong and for a long time, “Biman” was synonymous with an airplane to me.
It’s been painted green and red – the colors of the national flag of Bangladesh. It currently has a fleet size of 21 including several Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and serves 25 destinations.
Interestingly, Biman has an excellent safety record. It didn’t get involved with any major accident in its 50 years of journey. “Balaka” a kind of bird is the logo of Biman.
Origin of Biman
Air Canada is the largest airline in Canada. Although it was founded in 1937, it commenced its commercial operation in 1965. Currently, it has a fleet size of 316 and takes its passengers to 222 destinations.
A red maple on the black background is the logo of Air Canada. The black represents the vast wildlife of Canada.
Origin of Air Canada
Aeroflot, the flag bearer of the Russian Federation is one of the oldest airlines in the world. It is going to be 100 years old in 2023. Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Aeroflot used to cover 146 destinations with 202 fleet sizes. However, many countries banned Russian airlines, and hence its operation is now restricted within Russia.
A winged hammer and sickle is the logo of Aeroflot which is synonymous with communism.
Origin of Air Aeroflot
Air India is the national carrier of India. It was owned by Tata Sons, one of the largest conglomerates in India. However, the Government kind of forcefully bought a majority of its shares to own it through a national directive in 1953. In 2020, the Indian Government decided to sell 100% share of Air India. Tata Sons bought it back eventually. Currently, Air India has 127 planes under its belt and covers 102 destinations.
The logo of Air India is a flying swan with Konark Chakra – a specific kind of wheel.
Origin of Air India
AirSWIFT is a boutique domestic carrier in the Philippines. It only has 4 aircraft and serves a couple of destinations. I had the fortune of taking this flight to El Nido once.
Origin of AirSwift
Alaska Airlines is currently the sixth-largest airline in North America. It’s a pretty old airline as well, founded in 1944. With a fleet size of 329, it takes passengers to 117 destinations mostly in the Pacific regions and Alaska.
Origin of Alaska Airlines
Horizon Air is a regional airline in the USA founded in 1981. However, it was bought by Alaska Air in 1986. In 2011, it ceased to operate under the name of Horizon and rebranded as Alaska Horizon. It has two kinds of short-haul aircraft – De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400, and Embraer 175.
Origin of Alaska Horizon
American Airlines is arguably the largest airline in the world. With a massive fleet size of 862, American Airlines carries more than half a million passengers per day to 350 destinations across 5 continents.
The logo of American Airlines is an iconic eagle of America.
Origin of American Airlines
American Eagle is the regional branch of American Airlines. Several regional airlines named Envoy Air, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airways, and SkyWest Airlines operate under the brand name American Eagle. Most of their fleets are for the long haul and short-haul.
Origin of American Eagle
Delta Air Lines
Delta Airlines is arguably the second-largest airline in the world. With an 853 fleet size, Delta operates to 325 destinations. Established in the 1920s, Delta airlines operate more than 5400 flights per day on 6 continents.
Their logo represents the capital D of the greek alphabet Delta.
Origin of Delta Air Lines
Egyptair Express was a regional airline in Egypt. However, it ceased it was merged with its parent company Egyptair in 2019. I was fortunate enough to take a photo of this airline in 2016. You won’t find it anymore.
Origin of Egyptair Express
Novoair started its flights in 2013, making it one of the newest airlines in the world. Although it serves domestically in Bangladesh, it used to operate in various destinations like Yangon in Myanmar, and Kolkata in India. Currently, its only international flight is to Kolkata. With a meager fleet size of 7, it is expected to expand its operations in upcoming years.
Origin of Novoair
Of all the airlines I flew, the fleet of Qatar Airways felt the most modern to me. I love flying with Qatar Airways. It has 233 fleets and travels to 173 destinations. Although the history of Qatar Airways is 28 years (founded in 1994), it expanded rapidly. It has an excellent safety record as well.
Oryx, one kind of antelope and the national animal of Qatar is the logo of Qatar airways.
Origin of Qatar Airways
Founded in 2010, Regent Airways expanded pretty rapidly and used to fly to different international routes like Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Muscat, Doha, Singapore, Bangkok, Dammam, Dubai along with domestic routes in Bangladesh. Sadly, it stopped its operations in 2021 for an indefinite time. I flew with Regent Airways several times – it was a decent carrier. I wish they resume their operations in the future.
Origin of Regent Airways
I flew with many airlines in my life, and, I can vouch that, the food served by Turkish Airlines is the tastiest. And, their lemonade is the best in the world! They have a fleet size of 373 and operate to 331 destinations. Besides, their hub in Istanbul is a favorite layover city of mine. I love exploring Istanbul because of its food, beauty, and architecture.
The logo of Turkish airlines is a wild goose which is the highest flying bird in the world.
Origin of Turkish Airlines
With a fleet size of 854 and 342 destinations, United Airlines is a major airline in the USA. They were the first American airline to get the Boeing 787 Dreamliner way back in 2012. United is arguably the third largest airline in the world.
Origin of United