Will American build up at LAX? And other links from this week.

Could American Airline build an Asian gateway at LAX?

Could American Airline build an Asian gateway at LAX?

What’s going on in the world of aviation? Here are some of the best stories from the past week. Happy reading.

Will American build an Asian gateway from Los Angeles International Airport? On the surface it seems very possible, as Los Angeles would be the only true West Coast hub for the combined American and US Airways, assuming the merger goes through. (Yes, I’m saying Phoenix isn’t really on the “West Coast.”) But this is a terribly competitive market, writes Ted Reed, of the The Street. My gut tells me American might build up slightly here but that it will never be a true international connecting hub.

When Etihad Airways starts service between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi in June, it will do so using Boeing 777-200LR purchased from Air India, the airline announced this week.

Some airlines cannot pick up some new aircraft due to delays related to the U.S. government shutout, Bloomberg reports.

Burbank Bob Hope Airport near Los Angeles is losing passenger traffic, according to the Burbank Leader.

Could Atlanta eventually build a second international airport? It’s possible, though any proposed facility is opposed by Delta Airlines, writes Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today.

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