American Airlines has a problem at LAX. Its Terminal 4 is next to ongoing construction at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and it sometimes loses access to gates as a result. Now that Bradley construction has moved into Phase 2, American will be further inconvenienced.
UPDATE 5 p.m.
I received an email from American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan. She informed me that the situation is fluid and American is seeking ways to improve it.
“I just learned that plans are changing again,” Fagan wrote. “We may have figured out how to maneuver so that we can still use our gates and inconvenience the customers to a much lesser degree.”
I will update again when I have more information.
Thank you for your patience.
American Airlines will bus some passengers to gates at a remote facility on the west side of Los Angeles International Airport beginning on Wednesday, an airline official told me Tuesday.
The airline will use some bus gates for about a year, as crews perform construction work on a ramp near LAX Terminal Four. Less than a dozen flights per day will be impacted, American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said.
The buses will leave for the remote gates from Terminal 4, gate 45.
American managing director for LAX Jeff Plant told me the airline will be strategic on which flights use the remote gates. High yield flights from cities like New York and Washington probably won’t use them. And American will try to keep flights with large numbers of connecting passengers away from the bus gates.
Good candidates for the bus gates might be flights that are running early, Plant said.
American still will allow passengers to buy tickets with 30-minute connection times at LAX. For some passengers, that might make things tricky.
The construction is related to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Phase 1 opens on Wednesday. Phase 2 opens in 2015.
One of our editors here at the Los Angeles News Group passed along this interesting chart of airline logos throughout the years. I figured it’s perfect for the blog.
Our editor says one of the logos is incorrect. He said the logo attributed to American from 1950 to 1960 was actually retired in 1970. Is he right?
Do you see any other discrepancies?
The graphic comes courtesy of a site British website called “Just The Flight.”
Since I started covering aviation about a year ago, I have been impressed at how devoted some travelers are to their favorite airlines. Many fliers love airlines as if they’re sports teams. (I get the connection, as both airlines and teams tend to disappoint a lot of people.)
This means, of course, that there is a considerable market for all types of memorabilia. See that American Airlines advertisement above? You can buy it on Amazon for a mere $23.95 plus shipping.
Incidentally, can you imagine any current airline running an advertisement bragging about its engines?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post highlighting the top air cargo operators at Los Angeles International Airport. FedEx was No. 1 – as most people might expect – but the second biggest cargo carrier surprised a bunch of readers. It was American Airlines. (UPS has a relatively small operation at LAX, preferring to fly into other area airports.)
Some readers were so skeptical of the data that I agreed to contact American to confirm. Jeff Plant, American’s managing director for LAX, told me in an email that American does in fact have a vibrant cargo operation here.
Here are some facts he shared:
- American has a 60,000 square-foot cargo facility at the airport staffed 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
- Cargo is sent domestically and to many destinations abroad, including Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, South Korea and Australia.
- Common cargo includes: perishables, pharmaceuticals, machine parts, live animals, international mail and human remains (!!!)
According to the American Cargo website, the division has annual revenues of $669 million, serves 260 airports worldwide and has 1,100 employees. Worldwide, American transports more than 100 million pounds of cargo every week.