Delta unveiled the first half of its $229 million renovation Los Angeles International Airport last week, and while there’s no ‘wow’ factor in the upgrades, Terminal 5 is looking much cleaner and brighter than before.
Los Angeles World Airports, the landlord, is paying nearly all of the upgrades, with the Transportation Security Administration funding about $25 million in security improvements and Delta adding another $12 million for so-called “proprietary improvements.”
Most of Delta’s big changes will come in 2015, when Phase 2 improvements such as a wider security checkpoint and special VIP lobby will be finished. But I got a look this week at Phase 1.
Here’s what I learned:
John Wayne Airport in Orange County is renumbering its runways because “a normal shift in Earth’s magnetic north has thrown the airport’s runway designations, first assigned in 1965, out of whack,” according to a fascinating story in the Orange County Register.
Fiji Airways — formerly called Air Pacific — retired its final 747 this month after a flight from Los Angeles. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Last week, Fiji Airways retired its final Boeing 747-400 after a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Nadi International Airport in Nadi, Fiji.
The airplane actually carried a Air Pacific livery, as that was the name of the airline until it re-branded recently. The new Fiji Airways operates a fleet of A330s and 737s. The much more efficient A330s have taken over the Los Angeles flying.
Len Sloper, regional general manager of airports for Fiji Airways, put together a nice dossier on this final 747. Here are some of the facts he shared:
Delta is expanding, again, at LAX. Photo courtesy of the airline.
Delta Air Lines, the third-largest carrier by market share at Los Angeles International Airport, plans to begin twice daily service to Boston on April 7.
American Airlines has received its first A321T. Photo courtesy of American.
American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321T aircraft, the plane the carrier will soon schedule on the lucrative Los Angeles to New York route.