By looking at this website http://wikimapia.org/#y=43.3519&x=77.0406&z=14&l=0&m=h&v=2 it looks like you are right. The airport only has one taxiway.Now, I know everything said on Airliners.net is treated as Gospel. . .but. . .
Who really knows why he is there. . .and it's in Kazakhstan, land of Borat.
Perhaps he just landed, but had to turn around and back taxi to get to a taxiway? In the mean time, the aircraft that is holding position was instructed to line up and wait while he cleared.
By looking at this website http://wikimapia.org/#y=43.3519&x=77.0406&z=14&l=0&m=h&v=2 it looks like you are right. The airport only has one taxiway.
It can't be that simple. . .it MUST be a conspiracy!!1I don't think it's a zoom lens. I think it might just be what surreal proposed...a position & hold (or line up & wait as they call it) and the MD-11 back-taxiing after landing. Also, the guy that took this is an MD-11 FO for Luftansa Cargo.
Thanks so much for the explanation! I just figured that, since it's Kazakhstan, procedures for runway traffic may be different.Hello everybody,
I can see there is a lot of confusion going on about that picture.
Here the explanation.
FIrst of all: I did the photo, I am the guy who took the photo.
Here the story: the MD11 of UPS landed on runway 05 and had to BACKTRACK to vacate via taxiway "C". We were cleared to line up and wait because there is a backtracking traffic still on the runway. So we lined up and waited on the runway until the MD11 of UPS had cleared the runway.
It took them about another minute until they left the runway and we took off without any problems. He didn't land head on, he landed in the direction we were taking off. So, there were never any danger at all.
And NO Photoshopping as well! This picture is real.
I hope that cleared it up ;-)