Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year: The year of the snake gives way to the year of the horse. Despite there being a horse farm in the family, I have no equine photos. So instead, today's post takes a look at the Chinese carriers we see at LAX.
The opening shot is a China Southern A380 arriving from Shanghai on Runway 24 Right; below is a China Southern cargo B777.
Air China is the only carrier operating direct to Beijing. Their passenger service at LAX is now almost exclusively in the B777; Air China cargo uses B747s:
Cathay Pacific comes to Los Angeles from Hong Kong. Like Air China, they use B777s for people and B747s for boxes:
China Airlines operates B747s between LA and Taipei for both passenger and cargo operations; this one has people aboard:
EVA also offers passenger and cargo service between LAX and Taipei. Passengers ride in B777s while the cargo side uses B747s and MD11s:
China Eastern flies passengers and cargo to/from Shanghai. Airbus A340-600s are used for passengers, and B777s for cargo. Both seen together in this shot:
I saved the most colorful for last: Yangtze River flies cargo out of Shanghai:
The Chinese New Year is also observed in a number of places outside of China; we'll take a look at related carriers tomorrow.
Besides marking the beginning of the Year of the Horse, today also marks the beginning of what I expect will be the final year for me to produce this blog. In the meantime, however, I'm planning to do a post each day for the entire month of February, much as I did last year. In fact, with this post I'm sort of starting a day early!