Friday, April 20, 2018

Photo Friday: Qantas Boeings

This weeks' edition of Photo Friday features a pair of Qantas Boeings. A B787-9, freshly-arrived from Melbourne, waits as a B747-400 departs from Runway 24 Left enroute to New York JFK.

Bonus shot: The next Runway 24 Right arrival was this Delta B767-300:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Construction update: D8 and Terminal 1.5

The big construction news at LAX is the on-going construction of a new terminal and the continuing reconstruction of one of the runways. But there's more than that; Southwest is still busy renovating Terminal One and construction has begun on a connector between Terminals One and Two. This has been designated Terminal 1.5, although there are no new gates associated with it. The opening shot was taken on New Years Day, 2018. The following shot was taken about two weeks later:

The next shot was taken in February. In it, we can see that some of the new concrete is in place for Gate 14, while the wall between Terminals One and Two has been breached:

The fourth and fifth shots were taken three weeks apart; the opening shot in late March, and the lower one in mid April. In just that short time span, you can see that Southwest is nearly done with Gate 14, and the temporary baggage sorting tent in what used to be Gate 4 has been taken away. Meanwhile, in March we lost Gate 21B (as seen above in shot #4), but then regained it in April at the expense of losing Gate 23:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Photo Friday: Mad Dog!


I made a couple of posts last year about the diminishing number of MD-80s at LAX; see links below. Since then, the MD-80 has almost completely disappeared from the LAX scene. Allegiant was the last regular MD-80 operator here, and their LAX flights have now all transitioned to the Airbus 319. A few evenings ago, however, we had an unexpected visitation from a Delta MD-90. In the early 2000s, Delta operated MD-90s at LAX, but it's been quite some time since we've seen one. Thanks to a last-minute equipment change in Minneapolis, I happened to catch this one when it passed through.

In these next two shots, you can clearly see the family connection between the MD-90 and the B717, which was originally intended to be the MD-95 before Boeing took over McDonnell Douglas:

 Links to related previous posts:

Really not just another RJ

So long, Mad Dog

Photo Friday: The Mad Dog lives!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Photo Friday: Southwest Louisiana paint

Southwest has been doing special state-themed liveries for quite some time now, and the latest one is for the state of Louisiana. A bit of explanation might be in order: the Louisiana state bird is the Brown Pelican. This B737 is painted similar to the Louisiana state flag, which features a white pelican with a nest of three chicks. Union, Justice, Confidence  is the Louisiana state motto and also appears on the state flag and seal.

Here's a bonus shot for Filip, who asked recently about the blast fence at the west end of Runway 24 Left. This is how that end of the north complex appears from the tower. As a double bonus, you can also see the current state of the construction on the Midfield Satellite Concourse: