Portland, ME (KPWM)

FSX Screenshots

Portland, ME (KPWM) – London Heathrow (EGLL) | BA744

PWM dep.PNG
A Runway 11 departure from Portland.

Fun to imagine a 747 taking off of Runway 11 out of Portland. Probably wouldn’t happen, but that’s why we have simulators.

London Heathrow (EGLL) – Portland, ME (KPWM) | BA744

PWM arr.PNG
Coming in and landing on Runway 29.

Equally interesting as a 747 taking off from PWM would be one landing there. Except this time, using Runway 29 instead of 11.

Hamburg Finkenwerder (EDHI) – Portland, ME (KPWM) | B6A321

b66994 down the coast into PWM
Tracking down the Maine coast and landing on PWM’s Runway 29.

I was quite shocked to learn that, at least since 2013, Portland has seen a number of transatlantic arrivals thanks to jetBlue aircraft being ferried from Airbus’ facility in Germany. I knew that Bangor saw a number of ferry flights from American and others, but I had absolutely no idea that Portland has seen quite a few jetBlue Airbuses of its own, including the first Airbus A321 delivered to jetBlue, registered as N903JB. As such, I felt compelled to fly this flight, which went by callsign “jetBlue 6994.”

Portland, ME (KPWM) – London Southend (EGMC) | D8737MAX

Departing PWM off of Runway 11.

If PWM was to get transatlantic service, it would likely be on a carrier like Norwegian to one of the smaller airports in Europe rather than, say, a Dublin, Heathrow, or Paris. With that in mind, I chose Southend, located east of London.

London Southend (EGMC) – Portland, ME (KPWM) | D8737MAX

The arrival path to Runway 29.

The return flight of the PWM-SEN flight is perhaps more scenic, as it’s a day flight. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

X-Plane 10 Screenshots

Portland Jetport (KPWM) – Shannon (EINN) | AA763

KPWM - EINN AA763
Portland, ME to Shannon, Ireland.

Scheduled service from Portland, Maine, to another continent hasn’t happened yet, but with the advent of new aircraft such as the 737 MAX and the A320neo, it’s not completely out of the question in the future. Regardless, this American Airlines 767-300 was able to get off the ground just fine from Portland’s Runway 11, which is 7,200 feet.

Departure from KPWM en route to EINN on an AA763
Departing Runway 11 and flying over Casco Bay.

Portland Jetport (KPWM) – Liverpool John Lennon (EGGP) | BA772

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 6.53.54 PM.png
Portland, ME to Liverpool, England.

I seem to fly a lot of flights that would likely never happen in real life. I’m not concerned, though, and this one was particularly fun, especially the northeasterly departure from Portland and the low approach into Merseyside.

Portland Jetport (KPWM) – London Heathrow (EGLL) | VS744

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 5.06.00 PM

The first Portland to Heathrow flight is a Virgin Atlantic Airways 747-400. The standard (simulator) Runway 11 departure used for transatlantic flights out of PWM was used on this flight.

London Heathrow (EGLL) – Portland Jetport (KPWM) | VS744

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 8.01.38 PM
Flying over Casco Bay en route to landing on Runway 29 at PWM.

After flying eastbound, it was time for the return leg. I’ve seen aircraft buzz Interstate 295 on their way into PWM, so it was fun to be able to see a 747 do so (even if virtually).

Hamburg Finkenwerder (EDHI) – Portland, ME (KPWM) | B6A321

b66994 down the coast into PWM
Tracking down the Maine coast and landing on PWM’s Runway 29.

I was quite shocked to learn that, at least since 2013, Portland has seen a number of transatlantic arrivals thanks to jetBlue aircraft being ferried from Airbus’ facility in Germany. I knew that Bangor saw a number of ferry flights from American and others, but I had absolutely no idea that Portland has seen quite a few jetBlue Airbuses of its own, including the first Airbus A321 delivered to jetBlue, registered as N903JB. As such, I felt compelled to fly this flight, which went by callsign “jetBlue 6994.”