Thursday, November 12, 2009


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Midwest (formerly Midwest Express) was operating out of Terminal Four. So naturally, they had to move: They're now at Terminal Six, using the same gate as Frontier. This came about because Republic Airways, the parent company of the carrier we know as Brickyard (that flew as Midwest Connect) has now also bought the bankrupt Frontier Airlines, and is consolidating their operations. We've seen Midwest E190's on the Frontier route to Denver, although Frontier Airbuses are still the norm - we've even had Frontier A320's here recently, which we haven't seen in quite some time. Legally, the Frontier we're seeing now, which is a subsidiary of Republic Airways, is not the same Frontier that we had before.

Out with the old: A Midwest B717 pulling into gate 48A, which the Midwest Connect E190 has just vacated. This is actually out with the old times two, as not only has Midwest moved from Terminal 4, but the mainline Midwest is no more: the B717's have flown their last in these colors, and have been returned to the leasing company (I've heard that they're now in Mexico), and the crews furloughed . Republic has allowed the mainline Midwest operating certificate to expire, but the name will carry on - with the formerly Midwest Connect aircraft and crews covering the routes. Thus the airline formerly known as Midwest no longer exists (I think - the whole thing is a bit confusing, which I suspect is by design).

In with the new: A Midwest (nee Midwest Connect) E190 at gate 67A. This was actually the second recent move at LAX for the Midwest name: it was just earlier this year that Midwest moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4. At the same time, AirTran, Frontier and Spirit moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6, while Sun Country moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6, and then to Terminal 2, and WestJet went straight from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. Virgin America, who had been at Terminal 6, moved to Terminal 3, thus consolidating all the Virgin brands on the north side of the airport: Virgin Atlantic at Terminal 2; Virgin America and V Australia at Terminal 3, which they share with Alaska and Horizon.
Got all that?

Here's the other recent arrival that I wanted to show you the other day (but couldn't because the shots weren't yet in the MacBook): Besides Japan and Cathay, Malaysia has also started showing up in B777's, although unlike the other two, Malaysia is using -200's.

If you want to read more about Frontier and Midwest, try these Wikipedia entries:
Frontier Airlines
Midwest Airlines

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