U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday and briefly commented on reports that security officials told airlines to be extra vigilant against would-be shoe bombers.
Here’s what he said.
“The advisory we issued is the type that we routinely issue in response to the latest intelligence,” Johnson said. “As you know, concerns about shoe bombs have been out there for years. Every once in awhile we update our advisories. We monitor our procedures so that we remain vigilant and in dealing with the various different threats that exist.”
United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Photo: United.
United Airlines on Thursday confirmed it will begin flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia on Oct 26, six times per week using Boeing 787-9s. Some highlights from the press release.
- This will be the first regular scheduled flight for United’s 787-9s. The Boeing 787s the airline is now using on L.A.-Shanghai and L.A-Tokyo are 787-8s. What’s the difference? Well, according to Boeing, the 787-9 is bigger. The newer version also has slightly longer range – 8,185 nautical miles, according to Boeing.
- The flight to Melbourne will not operate on Tuesday, traditionally a slow day for some business travel. The return flight does not operate on Thursdays.
- United says flights will take about 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound.
- United now flies a short flight between Melbourne and Sydney — what’s known in industry terms as a tag. United will no longer fly that route.
- The 787-9 will have 252 seats – 48 in business class and 204 in Economy. Included in that economy total is 63 premium economy seats. (The 787-8 has 219 seats.)
Reports are circulating that United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Photo: United.
United Airlines is expected to announce a new flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia that will start in October, according to Airchive, an aviation blog. (We have since confirmed it — see below.)
United will fly the route six times per week using a Boeing 787-9 aircraft starting Oct 26, Airchive reported. The news is being warmly greeted on Flyertalk, the message board I profiled in a feature story earlier this week. Posters on the website, who are probably airline employees, are talking like it’s a done deal, though they note the international flight is subject to government approval. (Flyertalk members get this stuff wrong occasionally, but not often.)
I reached out late Thursday to United for a comment, but I have not heard back.
Qantas already files between Los Angeles and Melbourne using an Airbus A380. United for now offers one-stop service to Melbourne. The plane stops in Sydney.
UPDATE: 10 p.m. The flight is now available for purchase on United.com.
Also, the reputable Airlineroute.net website says the flights start on November 3. It starts Oct. 26, as we originally stated.
Consultants hired by Los Angeles International Airport showed off their new slogan at Wednesday’s Board of Airport Commissioners. You’ll start seeing it– “LAX is happening” — in April.
Santa Monica-based Phelps was the lead firm in coming up with the new slogan. Company officials shared some of their ideas Wednesday.
What do you think? Fun and irreverent? Or missing the mark?
Consultants have come up with the tagline, “LAX is happening” to highlight all the improvements the airport has made, such as its new international terminal. Staff photo by Brad Graverson.
A new slogan is coming to Los Angeles International Airport. “LAX is happening,” likely will be unveiled in April, according airport documents released this week. A team of outside consultants came up with it.
In a report to the city’s Board of Airport Commissioners, airport officials say they want more money (about $1.2 million worth) for contracts for three firms involved in outside public relations — Phelps, Ad Ease, and Nothing Films. This is on top of the more than $1 million the firms were appropriated last year.
It appears the firms have two main goals. One is to persuade travelers that LAX is improving. The other is to tell passengers there will be some growing pains as the airport invests billions of dollars in infrastructure.
Here’s what airport staff say about the “LAX is happening” slogan.
The team has developed the campaign concept “LAX Is Happening”, scheduled to launch in April 2014. The premise behind the campaign is to elevate the LAX modernization campaign and make it work long term. Although it is simple, it works harder than a traditional “Pardon Our Dust” message because it not only speaks to things currently happening at LAX impacting travelers (change, construction, traffic), but also to elements already developed that are positive examples of our efforts (such as the New Tom Bradley International Terminal and the new concessions already open to the public).
What do you think of the slogan? Could you come up with something better?