A while back, even before the trip to Paris, I was invited to JKIA to meet the new Kenya Airways Boeing Dreamliner. A brute piece of engineering and super comfortable plane that KQ just acquired. Running around on runways with my camera is a chance I wasn’t gonna pass so I agreed. This was the day the Dreamliner was being launched. Since then, 3 more have arrived and the rest (a total of 9) should be here by the end of the year (this is not an official statement from KQ so take it with a pinch of salt).
So we did run around the runway, well, near the runway and took many photos of other KQ planes before the Dreamliner so allow me to share those first.
Finally I did get around to seeing the Dreamliner and I have to say, it’s a gorgeous plane. A lot less clunky and just smooth design lines (i’m a designer so I notice some things). It looks light and is huge. The engine is massive but so silent. It’s weird describing something I could otherwise show you so here we go.
See. The engine is so massive, I could see Samir right through it.
So anyway, I then got to go in and play around in the cockpit (best moment ever).
A few interesting things that stood out for me in the Dreamliner are the USB port for charging your phone (super cool), and also for using your flash drive for content. This means you can carry your own content to watch on the plane during your trip and watch it on your plane screen. I also really like the amount of content already available to watch so you are still ok without your flash drive.
I love the large windows. So much space for taking photos in the air. I can never sleep on a plane especially on a day flight. Too much to see and shoot. I only sleep on night flights because, blackness. On this plane you don’t have the shutter, you dim your own window to total blackness or total brightness for a clear view (try stop me from playing with that button).
I also love the mood lighting inside the plane. They can change the light to any color and intensity inside the plane. Fantastic especially if you could buy out the whole plane and have party in it, from Nairobi to Ibiza.
So you guys know I was in Paris to shoot share my story as I fly the Dream. It was exciting and I have shared some of the photos in previous posts of the Eiffel tower, the Louvre & streets of Paris. Go check them out if you haven’t. I prepped for the trip in typical Instagram fashion, with a meticulous layout of my travel essentials as seen above. It was a night flight so I knew I wouldn’t be doing much shooting on the flight and prepared to watch movies.
You can see the mood lighting I was talking about earlier. Screens are touch screen and you can see the USB port in the image above.
The flight back from Paris was during the day, something I was happy about. I left Paris at 10am and caught a lot of aerial photos of Paris and the trip back. The best thing is that I flew back in Business class so the life was a lot different there than I thought. The hostess there greeted me with a drink while waiting for the plane to fill up and I got a pack with in flight socks, head phones (huge ones), and a few other things that I didn’t use. I immediately kicked off my shoes and prepared to be pampered. And pampered I was, drinks flowing, too bad I don’t really read the newspaper though.
Huge screen if you wanna watch movies. The seat reclines to flat position (I tried it but brought it back up because I can’t sleep on a day flight, remember. But it was oh so comfortable, the flight could have been 20hrs and I wouldn’t have noticed. The menu here too was too cool. Options for starters, main course & dessert. I have a photo somewhere below.
Flying over the Parisian cityscape.
I was the only one at this point with an “open” window, mainly because at this point we had just flown over the Swiss alps and the view was divine. I was sad that it passed by so fast. Also you have a good idea what it looks like with the windows having no tint vs. full tint.
I enjoyed seeing the Sahara desert from above. I am a little obsessed with deserts and would love to visit a few, starting with the Namib, then Sahara and the great white desert of Egypt. Dunes fascinate me and the play of the golden sand color meeting the blue sky is too exciting to me. One day.
Soon we neared Kenya and it was approaching sunset so once again I started shooting the sunset. Actually, the following photos are a collection of an air sunrise on my way to Paris and the air sunset on my way back to Nairobi.
There you go. I hope you enjoyed that. I do have a bonus though.
Dreamliner Wing Wallpaper
For all airplane enthusiasts who love airborne related imagery, I made 2 wing wallpapers of the Dreamliner that you can download if you want to.
That’s all folks. I hope you have a better glimpse of my trip and what it was like to fly the Dreamliner to Paris & back. If you like the wallpapers, please feel free to download & share them widely.
God bless you guys.