In late November and early December of 2014, I had the opportunity to pass through Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on several occasions during my travels in the region.
By arriving at the gate area for my flights early, this gave plenty of opportunity to take photos. I had a mix of weather, but the traffic was quite interesting, with quite a few Boeing 747-400s still making regular appearances at this airport.
It was good to see 747-400s of Delta, Asiana, United, China Airlines, and even a 747-200 Freighter of Connie Kalitta, which is a regular visitor to Pudong. The Air Canada 787 and Nippon Cargo 747-800 mixed company with Emirates A380 and Malaysian A330 as sun started to set, but the action was almost non stop for the two hours I had while we awaited the departure of our 787 back to Vancouver.
The windows in the departure areas as quite clean, and there is no problem for hobbyists to take photos at this aircraft. Have your camera on your lap when you sit in your seat on your aircraft as there are some good photo opportunities when you depart and arrive Pudong. On our ANA 767-300 flight to Osaka KIX I was able to get some neat views of the Pudong terminal building from a few thousand feet abeam the mid section of the airport.