One of the nifty features that Blogger offers is a list of search terms that have brought people to the blog. Recently, there has been some interest in B747s at LAX. At this writing, there are still over twenty operators who bring B747s into LAX on a regular basis. There used to be many more; I can think of at least a dozen more airlines that used to have B747s at LAX but no longer do so, using instead (mostly) B777s or A330s. That doesn't include airlines that used to bring them here but are now no longer here at all; at least a half-dozen more fit into that category. So today's post is a non-comprehensive collection of B747s that I've seen within the last two months or so, in no particular order.
In the opening shot, what was once Northwest 1 (or 2, I forget which was which) arrives from Tokyo. Delta has just brought back the B747 on the LAX - Tokyo route. I don't believe Delta ever had B747-400s; this is a former Northwest aircraft.
|A rare Cathay passenger B747; nearly all of our Cathay Pacific passenger flights now are in B777s.|
|Nippon Cargo brings in both B747-400s and -800s. This is a B747-8F. All Nippon, the passenger relative, used to bring B747s but now uses B777s.|
|Not a normal sight at LAX; at first glance, the tail stripes looked like British Airways. I think this arrived as an Air China flight, then departed to Victorville, perhaps for maintenance or new paint.|
|A rare sight these days: a B747SP, also known as a "Stubby". This was shot early on a hazy morning.|
|Conditions weren't any better for photography when they left mid-day. The best I could do was to render it in black & white.|
|Another passenger B747-400 that has been converted to cargo.|
|The SkyTeam paint looks nice, but it's really hard to tell whose airplane this really is, especially if you can't see the front half. The OneWorld livery is better in this respect, since the host airline's colors and tail logo remain.|
|Asiana again, as Japan Air departs. Japan Air is one of the carriers that used to bring B747s to LAX, in both passenger and cargo configurations.|