Saturday, January 8, 2022

Happy New Year!


 

Welcome to 2022! I suspect that many of us are happy to see 2021 behind us, and I wish each and every one of you a better year this time around. The holiday season was pretty wet in Southern California; we had rain both right before Christmas and then again right before New Year's. LAX measured over 8 inches of rain in December, which is almost four times what we normally get in the month. The opening photo was taken Christmas night; I thought the TBIT lights reflecting off the wet concrete were pretty. 

Along with the rain, we had several days of running east traffic, which is always exciting. We also have seen the resumption of more A380 service: In addition to China Southern and Emirates, we now have British Airways A380s at LAX again, and Qantas will be resuming scheduled A380 operations here later in January. 

Here are construction photos taken on the last day of 2021:






A few rainy weather shots, taken the day before New Years Eve:


Timing is everything: The same view as the preceding photo, five minutes later

And this shot was taken just a half-hour after that

We also have a new airline at LAX: ZipAir, (callsign Zippy - and no, I'm not making that up!) ZipAir is a low-cost carrier based in Tokyo, with only about a half-dozen routes. So far there are two US destinations: Honolulu and Los Angeles.



 


 

 

 

Friday, December 10, 2021

December Construction Update




The construction at Terminal Three and the construction at Terminal Four have been gradually merging with the construction in front of the TBIT, such that to show it all in one shot would require a widescreen panorama. That won't really work here, so you're getting it in chunks instead.

They have finally started putting down new concrete along Terminal Six; we may get Gates 66, 68A, and 68B back as soon as next year!


 

The street in front of the tower, which was already a virtual canyon, is well on its way to becoming a tunnel


The new parking structure has opened, but the people mover that goes to it is still a year in the future

The 50th anniversary of D.B. Cooper's infamous flight was just a couple of weeks ago. I came to work that day and this was parked right outside our gate.