Pay, benefits and prestige are just a few reasons why it’s worth becoming a pilot. Though, if you ask the British Airway flight team, they’ll tell you it’s all about the view.
Pilots from the airline were surveyed on their favorite and most unique destinations based on over 180 routes.
Check out their top 10.
1. Northern Lights, North America
Captain Dave Willsher: “If you’re not already asleep this is an amazing sight three to four hours into most long North America flights. Well worth staying up for.”
2. Central London, approach heading into Heathrow
Captain Mark Mannering-Smith: “Most flights approach Heathrow from the east — a great opportunity to get an unbeatable view of London.”
3. Mont Blanc, Pisa
First Officer Caroline Robinson: “A breathtaking view of the Alps, and especially of Mont Blanc.”
4. Sydney Harbour
Captain Derek May: “When leaving Sydney, sit on the right hand side of the aircraft to get the best views of Sydney Harbour.”
5. Golden Gate Bridge with the backdrop of Alcatraz, San Francisco
Captain Simon Scholey: “You get great views of the bridge on the left hand side of the aircraft, Alcatraz from the right, and the bay from both!”
Senior First Officer Peter Nye: “Greenland is visually stunning. The tips of mountains can be seen poking through the snow which is over a mile deep. Occasionally you will be able to see icebergs carving off glaciers around the coast.”
7. Venetian canals
First Officer Joanne Tait: “This is especially good on a departure to the north east as you circle back over the city.”
8. Cape Town, Table Mountain
Senior First Officer Kate Laidler: “On early morning arrivals from the north it’s great for Table Mountain and the bay.”
Captain Al Bridger: “It’s a terrific approach into Dubrovnik over the bay to the north east.”
10. Mount Fuji
Captain Chris Hanson: “Whether arriving or departing from Tokyo (Narita) you can see Mount Fuji sticking out of the clouds.”