American Airlines girds for upcoming LAX construction

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. Photo credit: American.

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. Photo credit: American.

Due to construction and the merger with US Airways, some changes are coming to the American Airlines operation at Los Angeles International Airport.

Here’s what we learned from an American newsletter this week to LAX employees:

  • American is opening a new 2,400 square food Admirals Club in March at its American Eagle terminal.
  • US Airways will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 on February 12. This was scheduled before the merger to allow Southwest to renovate Terminal 1. Terminal 3 is not connected behind security to American’s Terminal 4 operation.
  • American is closing Gate 41 on Feb. 14 for about seven months. This is to allow crews to work on building a connector between American’s terminal and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. That connector will allow seamless connections between American and international flights operated by the airline’s partners.
  • American is being told the connector to the Bradley Terminal will be finished in 4th quarter 2015. (Blogger comment: I’ll be very surprised if this project is completed on time.)
  • Gate 44 will also close in February for elevator and escalator refurbishment.
  • American had to install new jet bridges at gates 40 and 42A to accommodate newly purchased Airbus airplanes — the A321 and the A319.
  • American plans to have new baggage software by March. I’ll let them describe what it does. “The new system will control bag volume to eliminate jams and will more accurately disseminate bags to appropriate piers for loading …”
  • And for all you Duty Free fans. The shop across from Gate 41 will temporarily close on March 1 for renovation. Fear not. There will be a temporary kiosk.
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