Saturday, May 26, 2012

Travel Season

It's Memorial Day weekend in the USA, and that marks the beginning of the summer travel season. Flight schedules are getting beefed up, and part-time carriers are reappearing at LAX. Air Berlin is one of these, and they resumed operations at LAX earlier this month. Resumed and expanded actually, as in addition to three weekly flights to Dusseldorf, Air Berlin now offers direct service between LAX and Berlin's Tegel airport three days a week. Flight destinations alternate: Berlin on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Dusseldorf on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Flight times are about ten hours, with Berlin flights running about twenty minutes longer. At LAX, Air Berlin appears in Airbus 330-200s with a passenger capacity of 303, and usually parks at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.


  1. When's AF bringing in the whale? Hope you get some pictures of her this weekend.
    And what's with the west - east takeoffs late at night again? We had the UA 747 go over a couple of nights ago and it rattled my windows. Is it the wind direction that makes them do the reverse?

    My friend in Germany loves Air Berlin.

  2. Our first Air France (excuse me, AirFrance) A380 arrived on Monday, the 28th (Memorial Day).

    The East departures are dictated by the wind and aircraft performance requirements. The pilots will usually advise the ground controller that they're going to need a 7 Left departure before they call for pushback. Depending upon the arrival traffic, they can sometimes end up waiting as long as 45 minutes for approach control to build a hole in the final.