In jet blast incident, an American 737 damages a Delta 777

Jet blast from an American Airlines jet dislodged some construction barriers Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport, causing them to strike an engine of a nearby Delta Air Lines Boeing 777, airport officials told me Friday.

“Last night at approximately 10:20 p.m. jet blast from an American Airlines engine caused some construction barricades to be pushed toward a Delta 777,” LAX spokeswoman Amanda Parson said in an email. “The barricades struck underneath the 777’s left engine.”

Delta canceled its 10:10 p.m. flight to Sydney, Australia due to “…damage to the aircraft engine cowling,” Parsons said. The Delta plane was parked at Gate 57 in Terminal 5.

The plane that caused the jet blast was American flight 2415 from Miami. It was a Boeing 737-800 and it parked at Terminal 4, Gate 46B. That gate is across an alleyway from Delta’s terminal.

Parsons said the incident is under investigation.

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United Airlines says it has begun its popular Mercedes-Benz car service at LAX

United will offer Mercedes-Benz rides to some customers at LAX. Photo: Mercedes.

United will offer Mercedes-Benz rides to some customers at LAX. Photo: Mercedes.

United Airlines on Wednesday confirmed my March report that it is bringing its popular chauffeured Mercedes Benz service to Los Angeles International Airport.

This is good news for all you big spenders, folks who spent $10,000 or more on a single plane ticket to London or Sydney. The rest of us will probably only notice the program when we see the cars parked on the ramp.

Here’s how it will work, according to a United release. (The Global Service customers mentioned below are United’s version of high rollers.)

“United will chauffeur selected Global Services members and United Global First customers to their connections in Los Angeles using its fleet of Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUVs, powered by environmentally friendly, clean diesel technology,” the airline says in its release. “United representatives will meet customers at the aircraft, escort them to the waiting Mercedes-Benz vehicle and drive them across the tarmac to their connecting flight.”

Delta PorscheDelta has a similar service at LAX, but it uses Porsches.

United has already rolled out its Mercedes service in Chicago, Newark, San Francisco and Houston.

Not that long ago, I interviewed travel industry expert Henry Harteveldt about these on-ramp car services. 

“I think only an appearance from Santa Claus and being able to ride in his sleigh would get people more excited,” Harteveldt told me. “I have seen adults get all giddy like schoolchildren when they realize they get the Porsche transfer in Atlanta. It’s special. It’s different. It’s distinct. It shows Delta’s appreciation for its most important customers.”

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Virgin America wins gates at Dallas Love Field; LAX flights planned

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You will soon be able to fly Virgin America from Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field.

You might not be excited by this, especially since Virgin now flies from LAX to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. But Virgin is stoked.

With two gates at the airport, obtained from American Airlines, Virgin will be able to operate a mini focus city at Love Field, which is considerably closer to downtown Dallas than DFW. I don’t profess to know much about the Dallas market, but given the way that Southwest, Delta and Virgin fought over which carrier would receive these gates, a lot of folks seem to think Love Field is a lucrative airport.

Virgin plans to fly to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington Reagan and New York LaGuardia.

For more complete coverage, including details on the local Dallas politics impacting this choice, your best bets are the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News.

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Delta to add new flight from LAX to Mazatlan Mexico

Delta will fly from Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico. Photo: Delta

Delta will fly from Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico. Photo: Delta

Delta Air Lines will begin flights from Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico in December, according to a release.

The flight starts on Dec. 20 and will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Mazatlan tourism officials say the new service will add 4,960 seats per month into the market. The release says this is year-round service.

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Trivia time: Guess right and win a Delta Air Lines lunch box. #swag

Dear Readers:

I’ve been assigned today to cover a workshop on the development of hydrogen fuel cell cars, so I won’t be able to post as much as I’d like. But, hey, I should get a chance to drive the Mercedes F-Cell, so that could be fun. I’m sure I’ll provide Twitter updates. 

Since I’ll be absent, let’s have another “Name that Interior” contest. If you can name the airline pictured below by noon Pacific time on Tuesday, you’ll qualify to win this week’s airline swag. I have what appears to be a Delta lunch box to give away. I’ll randomly choose one winner from all the correct answers. As long as the winner lives in the United States, I’ll mail him or her the lunch box. Your kid can be the coolest kid in the lunchroom.

So here’s our picture. Can you name the airline?

Can you name this airline? Photo: Stefan Krasowski, via Creative Commons.

Can you name this airline? Photo: Stefan Krasowski, via Creative Commons.

And here’s the swag you could win!

Delta swag

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