Friday, May 10, 2019



I thought about calling this post "Before & After" but it doesn't really fit, since today's shots are more accurately described as "Then & Now." In this case, "then" was about two months ago in early March, and "now" is this week in early May. In the opening shot is a United B737 Max that has been interned here for the duration of the grounding of the 737 Max series aircraft. Now we have two of them here:

A couple of months ago, this was the status of the Midfield Satellite Concourse construction:

In this shot taken this afternoon, you can also see that there has been progress on the people mover project between the parking garages. I don't know where all the palm trees went, but they're not here anymore.

Here are a couple of views of the progress on the southern end of the MSC. Notable is the control tower for the ramps and taxilanes. As things stand now, this "ramp tower" will not be staffed by the FAA, but will instead have city employees.

The southern end of the MSC itself has gone from a steel framework in March to nearly dried-in:

This pair of shots looks at the Terminal 1.5 project. Again, we see March followed by May:

Besides all the progress in the hole, take a look at the parking lot just beyond Terminal One. This is the beginning of the Concourse Zero project. I'm not making that up - that's what they're calling it!

And now, for something completely different: 

I grabbed this shot of our ground radar display at a quarter to three in the morning a few days ago. It's somewhat surreal to discover that at the busiest airport on the west coast, one of the top-ten busiest airports in the world, there are moments when there is absolutely nothing moving. No planes, no trucks, no tugs, nothing. The only vehicles at all are the construction crew on the closed runway. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Something old, something new

Today I got to catch an airplane I've known about for some time but have only seen once, and that when the camera wasn't handy. This Lufthansa B747-8I  wears a legacy livery that, in my humble opinion, is much more appealing than the new livery that Lufthansa has recently introduced. Since Lufthansa operates the B747-8 seasonally at LAX, it's been months since the last time I saw this airplane and I've been hoping to catch it ever since.

 Just to recap, Lufthansa's livery went from this:
To this:
 And now this:

In other livery news, United just announced their new paint scheme yesterday. And then lo and behold, look what taxied out this afternoon:

This chance shot shows the new United colors on a B737-800 and the retiring ex-Continental colors on a SkyWest E-175:

Congratulations to DD and MK, our latest controllers to finish training -- just in time for summer! 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New Arrivals

Along with the return of many of our seasonal carriers, LAX has a a couple of new ones. Air Italy and Finnair both appeared in the same week. One offers service to Milan, the other Helsinki. I'll let you guess which is which.  Air Italy is currently using A330-200s for their Los Angeles service, although these are scheduled to be replaced by B787s. Finnair is using new A350-900s.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dreaming of Dreamliners

Now that we're approaching the summer travel season, a number of our seasonal carriers have returned to LAX. This post started out as just a mention of some of those, but it has morphed into a collection of Dreamliner shots. Nearly all show some variant of the B787 with some other model of aircraft for the sake of comparison. This is not a comprehensive catalog of Dreamliner operators at LAX, in part because that list gets longer all the time. I will mention that China Southern and KLM are the latest carriers to bring Dreamliners to LAX, and both of them appear directly below. Other recent converts to the B787 include Air Tahiti and El Al, also included in this post.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Special Supers

Wowsers, what happened to the month of March? So much for my goal of two posts per month!
Meanwhile, here are a couple of A380s with special paint. I've shown you other Emirates A380s with green and blue markings for the Expo 2020; this was the first time that I've seen the gold version.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

And we're back!

Well, to be honest, we never really left. But for the moment, the U.S. government is officially back open for business. At least until next weekend, when the next budget deadline arrives and we face the possibility of yet another shutdown. While our pay has yet to be caught up, they keep assuring us that it will be eventually - although the date for that to happen is now beyond the next shutdown deadline.

I would like to thank everyone for their support during the shutdown last month. The calls, letters, and emails to Washington are appreciated, and thanks also to all of those who sent pizzas, sandwiches, coffee, and other treats.

In the meantime, there's been a little bit of weather here in Southern California. While the rest of the nation endured the polar vortex, we had rain. Days and days of it. LAX ran east traffic several times, which was a great training opportunity for those in training who were allowed to come in during the shut down (not all of them were). Here are some east traffic shots:

A Hong Kong A350-900 arriving on Ry 6L as a Qantas A380 taxies in

Another shot of the A380, showing the slightly revised Qantas livery

Hong Kong was the first carrier to bring the A350 to LAX; now Delta and Singapore bring them in also

Air China Dreamliner

I think this is going to be the new Sun Country paint scheme. Sun Country had an internal contest for employees to help select the new livery; this was the first time I've seen it at LAX

United is the first carrier to bring all three models of the Dreamliner to LAX. This is a new B787-10

Not east traffic, but a nice shot of an Emirates A380 touching down on Ry24R on a sunnier and drier day