A quick rundown of the special visitors at Zurich Airport during the 
World Economic Forum "Davos 2016". 

 

Wednesday

In poor visibility conditions early in the morning: Government Boeings of Tunisia and the USA, the latter bringing Foreign Minister John Kerry

A nice Russian G-V approaching Rwy 14 from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport

Sergey Lavrov arriving in this Tu-204

Mid East Jet's beautiful Boeing 767-200 coming in from Larnaca, Cyprus

Another striking scheme!

Close-up :-)

No special visitor, but impressive nonetheless

Mexican Falcon 7X completing a hop from Munich, and a Global 6000 arriving from Madrid 

One of the usual suspects, AZAL's "Baku 1"

A regular visitor sneaking in :-)

Rotana Jet's A319 touching down from Kabul, Afghanistan

The Falcon 900 came all the way from Montréal while the 7X flew in from Moscow

Another supporter of the US delegation

Joachim Gauck, President of Germany, dropping by for a visit 

The Saudi A318 came from Riyadh, while the Mexican delegation made a stop-over in London-Luton

Fantastically painted Challenger 300, with the Ukrainian A319 coming in close behind, and some jets from Italy and China below

 

David Cameron's modest ride:

Beautiful Indian Global Express

Another 7X arriving in the golden evening light!

Fantastic light for this regular visitor, ULS Cargo's 24-year old A310F

French PM Manuel Valls arriving late in the evening, followed by another array of sleek biz-jets

 

 

 

Thursday

Thursday's traffic proved to be unusually slow, but the day featured one phenomenal highlight: The Boeing E-4B of the United States Air Force

 

With no other notable special traffic, a mean-looking regular is more than happy to fill the void!

That low winter sun really brings out the best in things (and engines)! :-)

Way past sunset, Joe Biden started his journey back to the US. "Air Force Two" was informed about a 5-minute wait prior to departure, a perfect scenario for a long exposure. But the air traffic controller seemed to think otherwise and issued the takeoff-clearence after just four seconds - right in the middle of my one and only shot! Oh the joys of photography :-)

 

 

Friday

Friday was off to a foggy start, with Government bizjets from Italy, the US and the Russian province of Kazan saying hello - plus a fantastic-looking G650 from Spain!

 

Just in time for the first big highlight the sun peeked through the clouds!

And the sun was here to stay, also gracing a C-40 of the USAF upon its departure back home

Perfect flying conditions for the luxurious helos which transported many a VIP to the mountain town of Davos, where the WEF was taking place

Some nice Gulfs from Switzerland and Pakistan...

Bye Bye, Mr. Cameron!

 

Another regular sneaking its way into the report - I just loooove these Triple Sevens, can you tell? :-)

Heading on to the approach sector, where generous loads of Bizjets and the odd BBJs dropped by

Probably my favourite design, the sleek G650

Less futuristic, but with an important role (and a photo-happy pax on board)!

Stunning livery on this 20-year old B767-200 of Mid East Jet!

Not seen to often around here:

And a nice way to finish the day :-)

 

Saturday

Busy times starting early in the morning, with many VIPs leaving Switzerland after the meetings...

Once again the sun breaks through the clouds just in time for the star of the day!

The entourage looked quite stunning as well!

Flashy Korean saying hello :-)

Speaking of nice paints: Here's Saudi Aramco's rendition!

But it does get even better!

Some more biz-jets if you don't mind...

...and a beautiful A310 to finish the day. I like it!

Canforce 1 basking in the warm afternoon sunshine - doesn't look like previous WEFs, ey? :-)

I originally intended to end my WEF experience with the above highlight. But well, if you stick around the airport talking to old friends, and the sun keeps peeking through the clouds at the perfect times, things like these happen...

...or like these :-)

I hope you enjoyed this sun-filled coverage of this year's WEF traffic in Zurich! Feel free to share or comment :-)


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