Here is a look at some of the shots possible from this location. (All photos by Kyle Dunst.)
Spotting Spot: Renaissance Atlanta Concourse Hotel
There is no better way to view the daily operations of the busiest airport in the world than with a room at Renaissance’s Atlanta Concourse Hotel. The hotel is literally one hundred feet from ATL’s northern runway complex consisting of 26R/8L and 26L/8R. It is also right across the street from Delta’s northern parking area. What makes the Renaissance better than any other plane-spotting hotel is that all of the rooms facing the runway have balconies. You can see approaches and takeoffs from all 5 runways as well as operations at all 6 of Atlanta’s terminals. A DSLR camera with a decent zoom lens will allow you to get some amazing shots of arriving, departing, taxing, and even parked aircraft. It was from this location that I observed a Delta MD-88 start on fire and evacuate on the tarmac after arriving from Pittsburgh. See post: The Right Place at the Right Time Most of ATL’s operations consist of Delta’s domestic 737’s, 757’s, 767’s, MD-88’s, DC-9’s, and Regional Jets operated by their regional carriers. Delta also operates some 777’s and a330’s on international routes from Atlanta. Most other Domestic airlines offer mainline and regional service to the airport including US Airways, American, United-Continental, and Alaska. Atlanta also serves as the hub for AirTran and it’s 717’s and 737NG’s. Korean Airlines services the airport twice a day with 777’s and 747’s from Incheon. KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, and British Airways also have at least one daily flight operated by 777’s, a330’s, or a340’s. Some of the airports more interesting flights are chartered DC-10’s and MD-11’s from World Airways and Omni Air International. Aircraft from various world airlines also fly in occasionally to take advantage of Delta’s state of the art maintenance facility. The airport is constantly busy from 5:00 AM until about Midnight. During the night, some straggler Delta flights will come and go as well as some Cargo flights from UPS, FedEx, Omni Air, and a few others.