Friday, May 10, 2019



I thought about calling this post "Before & After" but it doesn't really fit, since today's shots are more accurately described as "Then & Now." In this case, "then" was about two months ago in early March, and "now" is this week in early May. In the opening shot is a United B737 Max that has been interned here for the duration of the grounding of the 737 Max series aircraft. Now we have two of them here:

A couple of months ago, this was the status of the Midfield Satellite Concourse construction:

In this shot taken this afternoon, you can also see that there has been progress on the people mover project between the parking garages. I don't know where all the palm trees went, but they're not here anymore.

Here are a couple of views of the progress on the southern end of the MSC. Notable is the control tower for the ramps and taxilanes. As things stand now, this "ramp tower" will not be staffed by the FAA, but will instead have city employees.

The southern end of the MSC itself has gone from a steel framework in March to nearly dried-in:

This pair of shots looks at the Terminal 1.5 project. Again, we see March followed by May:

Besides all the progress in the hole, take a look at the parking lot just beyond Terminal One. This is the beginning of the Concourse Zero project. I'm not making that up - that's what they're calling it!

And now, for something completely different: 

I grabbed this shot of our ground radar display at a quarter to three in the morning a few days ago. It's somewhat surreal to discover that at the busiest airport on the west coast, one of the top-ten busiest airports in the world, there are moments when there is absolutely nothing moving. No planes, no trucks, no tugs, nothing. The only vehicles at all are the construction crew on the closed runway. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Something old, something new

Today I got to catch an airplane I've known about for some time but have only seen once, and that when the camera wasn't handy. This Lufthansa B747-8I  wears a legacy livery that, in my humble opinion, is much more appealing than the new livery that Lufthansa has recently introduced. Since Lufthansa operates the B747-8 seasonally at LAX, it's been months since the last time I saw this airplane and I've been hoping to catch it ever since.

 Just to recap, Lufthansa's livery went from this:
To this:
 And now this:

In other livery news, United just announced their new paint scheme yesterday. And then lo and behold, look what taxied out this afternoon:

This chance shot shows the new United colors on a B737-800 and the retiring ex-Continental colors on a SkyWest E-175:

Congratulations to DD and MK, our latest controllers to finish training -- just in time for summer! 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New Arrivals

Along with the return of many of our seasonal carriers, LAX has a a couple of new ones. Air Italy and Finnair both appeared in the same week. One offers service to Milan, the other Helsinki. I'll let you guess which is which.  Air Italy is currently using A330-200s for their Los Angeles service, although these are scheduled to be replaced by B787s. Finnair is using new A350-900s.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dreaming of Dreamliners

Now that we're approaching the summer travel season, a number of our seasonal carriers have returned to LAX. This post started out as just a mention of some of those, but it has morphed into a collection of Dreamliner shots. Nearly all show some variant of the B787 with some other model of aircraft for the sake of comparison. This is not a comprehensive catalog of Dreamliner operators at LAX, in part because that list gets longer all the time. I will mention that China Southern and KLM are the latest carriers to bring Dreamliners to LAX, and both of them appear directly below. Other recent converts to the B787 include Air Tahiti and El Al, also included in this post.