Spotting Report: “Egypt 1” A340-200 Visits Tokyo Haneda

"Egypt 1" Visits Tokyo Haneda

On March 2, 2016, an A340-200 belonging to the Egyptian government departed Tokyo Haneda airport after President el-Sisi’s official state visit to Japan. Read below for more information about his visit as well as to see more photos of his departure.

From February 28th until March 2nd 2016, Egyptian President Mr. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi visited Japan on a state visit.

While he was concerned with meeting the Emperor and the Prime Minister of Japan, and strengthening the relationship between the two countries; aircraft enthusiasts were excited about his ride – an Airbus A340-200.

The Airbus A340-211 registered “SU-GGG” was delivered directly to the Egyptian Government in 1995.

The President came to Tokyo directly from Astana in Kazachstan where he was on a state visit. He arrived in Tokyo at 8:00PM on February 28th.

After Arrival
FR24 showing the follow me car that led “Egypt 1” to its spot – V1 – after its arrival.

While I did not go to take a picture of its arrival, I could not miss the departure. It was scheduled for 1:30PM on March 2nd. When I got to the airport, I went directly to Parking 3 which offers nice view of V1 spot – the spot most often used for government visits.

The aircraft was being prepared for departure, and soon, passengers including the president started coming.

Police Car
A series of police vehicles passing by – the President must be nearby!
President el-Sisi boarding the aircraft at 1:25PM.

Once the delegation was aboard, the door closed and two minutes after 1:30PM, the aircraft pushed back.

Pushing Back
“SU-GGG” pushing back from V1 spot.

After taking a couple of shots, everybody quickly run from the parking garage to the Terminal 2 observation deck to shoot the departure.

People waiting for the Egyptian President to depart. At least some of them…

At 1:44PM, the aircraft rotated on runway 34L and started its journey towards Korea – the President’s next stop.

“Egypt 1” rotating from runway 34L.
…and getting airborne.
Retracting the gear and climbing.

According to Flightradar24, the aircraft landed only two hours later, at 3:46PM, on runway 20 at Seongnam Air Base (Seoul Air Base) in Korea.

“Egypt 1” seen landing at Seongnam Air Base after about 2 hours of flight.

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