By Malaysia Airports on July 15, 2019
SEPANG – After a successful launch of the Anjung Spotter outdoor plane observation deck at KL International Airport (IATA Code: KUL) last month, Malaysia Airports continues to engage and support the local aviation enthusiasts by hosting special airside visits for them to get up close with their favourite aircraft and take stunning photographs of the metal birds. The latest field trip that was recently held saw 10 planespotters from diverse backgrounds and photographers from our friendly media partners coming together to enjoy a day of exciting airside adventure at KUL.
The group chief executive officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin shared his excitement of the airside visit and said, “As a caring host, it is our aspiration to provide a joyful experience to those who visit our airport. We welcome our newfound planespotter friends with open arms and we support their photography hobby as well as their aspirations to be part of the airport community. Everyone that makes up the airport community is very important to us. Initially, I didn’t realise the extent of their hobby and how they in return, would inspire us to provide new facilities at our airport, with the Anjung Spotter being the first. Together, we hope to attract the international planespotters to KUL for unique photography escapades in our airport and around Malaysia.”
Raja Azmi also said that the airside visit was also the organisation’s way to thank the planespotters for their neverending contribution in featuring our network of airports through their fantastic photographs. “By exposing them to the airport operations during the field trip, we hope that they are able to better understand the airport’s role in providing seamless connectivity to everyone across the nation via its network of airports,” he added further.
For the recent airside visit at KUL, the enthusiastic group, armed with their cameras and a wide variety of lens, was taken on a joyride to all the three runways with stops in between to take shots of departing and landing aircraft. On top of that, we also brought them for a surprise visit to Fire Station 1 operated by our Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) division. Not only was the group briefed on role and responsibilities of the firefighters at the airport, they had the opportunity to steer the Rosenbauer Panther eight-wheel drive fire crash tender that can accommodate up to 14,500 litres of fire extinguishing agents.
Planespotters are aviation enthusiasts who observe, photograph, and catalogue aircraft as a hobby. They will surprise you with their amazing photo taking skills and their in depth knowledge of aircraft types as well as the aviation industry. Planespotters would even go the extra mile to visit other airports abroad or join international airshow exhibitions capture these metal birds in their special edition liveries.
As for our group of planespotters, they have joined us in forming the MYElites fan club, which is an initiative by Malaysia Airports to ensure a joyful experience for the airport community. The club provides fun photography excursions, knowledge sharing sessions and aviation forums to its members. So far to date, apart from KUL, we have hosted our members for airside visits at Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Labuan Airport, Subang Airport, Kota Bharu Airport, and Bario STOLport (Short Take-off and Landing Port).