The top 10 views on earth – from a pilot’s perspective


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.”

northern lights

Northern Lights, North America: one of the best light shows on earth

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.”

Central London, approach into Heathrow

Central London: an amazing view of the city

3. Mont Blanc, Pisa

First Officer Caroline Robinson: “A breathtaking view of the Alps, and especially of Mont Blanc.”

Mont Blanc, Pisa

Mont Blanc, Pisa: to capture these stunning mountain peaks, take a seat in the pilot’s chair

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.”


Sydney Harbour: brick-colored rooftops sprinkled with specks of white (yachts) surrounded by waves of blue ocean complete this picture

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!”


The iconic Golden Gate Bridge with its back-drop of Alcatraz Island

6. Greenland

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.”


Greenland from above

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.”

Venetian canals

Venetian canals

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.”

Cape Town, Table Mountain

Deep blue sea surround Cape Town and Table Mountain

9. Dubrovnik

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.”

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji’s peak appears as though it’s reaching out to touch you


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