Today we welcomed a new airline at LAX: Turkish Airlines began non-stop service between Los Angeles and Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish plans to operate to LA four days a week, using Boeing B777-300s for the twelve-hour flights.
This is another one of those "only at LAX" shots - I doubt that there's anywhere else in the world that you could see this combination of aircraft and carriers: Alaska and Southwest B737s, Turkish B777, and a Qantas A380.
Completely unrelated, we had a bit of excitement later in the evening when the LAPD pursued a suspect through the Sepulveda tunnel and into the airport. Coming around the curved ramp to the departures level, one of the pursuing police cars bumped the suspect's minivan from behind, causing the minivan to spin around and come to rest against the rail. The driver was subsequently taken into custody, although it took a while for the police to allow traffic back into the airport. The maneuver was neatly handled in an area with no uninvolved vehicles nearby to be endangered. What was is all about? I've no idea; the police helicopter pilots wouldn't say on frequency - too many other ears listening, no doubt; especially as today was the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King beating.