Usually aircraft take-off and land against the wind so that they can get a better lift, and also save fuel. Flying into the wind causes the wings to move through the air more quickly without increasing the speed of the aircraft in relation to the ground. This means that an aircraft flying into the wind can get into the air more quickly, without moving as fast in relation to the runway. However in some rare occasions you do see aircraft taking-off WITH the wind.
This was the case when I witnessed Emirates flight EK 36 taking off from Newcastle’s runway 25 with a slight wind along it’s back. Hence, why the aircraft used most of the runway for the departure, and just managed to rotate around 100 meters from the threshold! A waiting BA pilot told me that one of the reasons why it departed with the wind may have been that this flight was going into Level A airspace (as opposed to Level G airspace if it had taken off from runway 07). Not sure if that adds up, or maybe the pilot wanted to save some time by flying directly into the flight path to Dubai rather than taking off from runway 07 and then having to turn around back.
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This is a special section on Airline Branding, and Airline Public Relations written by me on all the flights I have been fortunate enough to have been on. These are not records taken from somewhere else, but are actual flights I have been on. Most of the flight trips are officially sponsored by the airline companies in order to promote their certain routes, and aircraft. Airline promotion and PR related work in the aviation industry is one of my expertise.
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