UPDATE: LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles confirmed the incident said a luggage cart toppled over. ““We were fortunate this incident occurred only once and that we were able to do quickly develop a workaround solution to this problem in the future,” Castles said. “There was no damage to aircraft or people.”
Earlier this month, jet blast from Airbus A380 taxiing near the Tom Bradley International Airport blew over several cargo containers, an aviation source told L.A. Airspace.
The incident was relatively minor, the source said, but the Federal Aviation Administration is nonetheless changing its procedures at LAX.
The problem is at Gate 156 on the South Concourse of the new building, which opened on Sept. 18. When A380s taxi near that gate, they are capable of creating so much air that it can actually move ground equipment. In some instances of jet blast, exhaust blast can even move airplanes.
I asked FAA spokeswoman Ian Gregor about the Gate 156 problem, and he confirmed that controllers are using a workaround. He’s what he said:
The new TBIT Gate 156 experienced jet blast when an A380 on Taxiway S made a right turn on Taxiway C while taxiing out for departure on Runway 25L. As a result, we are no longer turning A380s right onto Taxiway C from Taxiway S. Now, we move them north on Taxiway S, west on Taxiway D and south on Taxiway R.
Curious about the power of jet blast? Watch this video.
This slickly produced video from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines details what it’s like to land the double-decker jet at New York John F. Kennedy Airport. Emirates will start flying the A380 to Los Angeles on Dec. 2. It replaces a Boeing 777.
In August, Emirates celebrated its 5th year of A380 flights.
British Airways is bullish on first class demand between Los Angeles and London. Cabin photograph courtesy of airline.
When British Airways brings its Airbus A380 to Los Angeles International Airport for the first time on Tuesday, it will have something slightly unusual for a new airplane: 14 first class seats. (To compare, Korean Airlines has 12 first class seats on its A380, while Lufthansa has only eight.)
The 14 first class seats are in addition to 97 seats in the airline’s Club World — or business class — cabin. In Club World, every seat converts to a fully flat and private bed.
By Spring 2014, British Airways should have two daily A380 flights to Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of British Airways.
By next spring, British Airways should have two Airbus A380 flights between Los Angeles and London. Though it will usually have just one A380 flight, the airline is planning to add a second during the busy tourist season.