Friday, July 29, 2022

July update


We're nearly to the end of July, and I haven't posted for a month(!), so if you're going to have an update this month I'd better get on it. Let me mention that the quality of the photos lately has been disappointing because I've been unable to shoot from the tower catwalk and have had to take photos through the tower windows. The window cleaners have likewise been unable to access the catwalk, so same said tower windows are so dirty that often the camera wants to focus on the window instead of the airplanes outside. 

The opening shot is the arrival of Air Force Two; the Vice President spent the July 4th weekend in town. As usual, we had several hours of city-wide fireworks on the evening of the Fourth. Even with the dirty windows, the control tower offers a great vantage point. Too bad we have to pay attention to the airplanes! Other interesting sights:

American experimenting with alternate parking arrangements?

Two special liveries:  Allegiant featuring Winter, the rescued dolphin from the Clearwater (Florida) Aquarium; and Finnair's Kivet design created by Maija Isola from fashion company Marimmeko

We have a couple more new airlines, and a couple more returnees:

Alitalia is no more, but we have Italy's new government-owned carrier, ITA, who flies between Rome and LAX with Airbus A350-900s that are configured for 334 passengers. I like this livery! In addition to the Savoy blue and Italian tricolors, it includes a hard-to-see pattern superimposed on the aft section of the fuselage and vertical stabilizer.

If this paint scheme looks familiar, it's because we've seen it before at LAX when we had Thomas Cook Airlines. Thomas Cook shut down in 2019, but subsidiary Condor was able to continue operating. Condor has introduced a new livery, but we have yet to see it at LAX since we get Condor's B767-300s, which probably won't receive the new livery because they are being replaced by new A330-900s.

Air Canada Jazz made a brief reappearance at LAX in late spring of this year, but now that we're into summer they've disappeared again

Austrian has also returned to LAX from Vienna with 306-seat B777-200ERs

A few more items of interest:

Iberia's Stopover Madrid livery

This Emirates A380 made the news a week or two after this photo was taken when it landed in Brisbane, Australia with a hole in the wing root fairing caused by a blown tire

In May, I mentioned that Lufthansa had brought their A340-300s back to LAX. They have since also brought back their A340-600s, which have for the moment replaced their A350-900s here. Lufthansa has said that this is a temporary move, pending the arrival of more A350s. Lufthansa has both the A346 and the A359 configured for around 300 passengers. Here, we see the A346 on the taxiway in the foreground, with an A343 rolling out on the runway in the background

Before and after: Japanese carrier Zipair was introduced with a large "Z" on the tail as part of their livery. This became problematic with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as that letter has been appropriated as a pro-war symbol in Russia. Zipair has since revised the tails of their aircraft with decals that cover the offending letter: