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Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-1000 to Los Angeles

Qatar Airways has announced that its ultramodern Airbus A350-1000, equipped with the luxurious, award-winning Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting May 1, 2020.

The world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft will also commence service on Qatar Airways’ second JFK flight starting February 28, 2020. The award-winning airline first launched the A350-1000 on its New York to Doha route on October 28, 2018, marking the historic entry of the A350-1000 aircraft on U.S. routes.

One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Similar to the A350-900 – for which Qatar Airways was also the global launch customer – the high-performance A350-1000 boasts an advanced airframe with extensive use of composite materials. Coupled with a fuselage innovatively built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, the jetliner burns less fuel, reducing harmful effects to the environment. On the inside, LED mood lighting mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag.

Qatar Airways aircraft photo gallery:

Hong Kong Airlines to further consolidate its network to tackle escalating market challenges, will drop Los Angeles

Delivered on February 27, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines has made this announcement:

Hong Kong Airlines has been operating in a challenging business environment for some time. In addition to strong competition and overcapacity in the market, the recurring protests in Hong Kong since June have also affected travel demand, further impacting its business and revenue.

The airline has been making operational adjustments from time to time to respond to the changing market conditions. Cost-savings measures were also concurrently implemented to mitigate the financial impact on the airline. However, as challenges in the market continue to escalate, Hong Kong Airlines will further consolidate its network to respond to the current situation.

Los Angeles

Hong Kong Airlines will discontinue its scheduled services to Los Angeles from February 8, 2020. The last Hong Kong Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles will be HX068 on  February 6, 2020, while the last flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong will be HX069 on the same day (all times local). Alternative travel arrangements will be offered to passengers who are already booked on Hong Kong Airlines flights to and from Los Angeles after the service ends.

The airline will closely monitor the market demand and decide if the suspension or flight consolidation needs to be implemented earlier.

Consolidation of other services

Hong Kong Airlines will trim its current scale of operation by around 6%, and will further adjust frequencies to some destinations in its network. Affected passengers will be also be offered alternative arrangements to minimise disruptions to travel plans, especially during the holidays season.

Hong Kong Airlines would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to its customers. The airline will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust its business plan accordingly to ensure that it remains commercially viable and sustain its long-term growth.

Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A350-941 B-LGD (msn 187) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944020.

Hong Kong Airlines aircraft slide show:

Air Premia is coming to Los Angeles

Air Premia is planning to use its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Seoul (Narita) – Los Angeles route starting in 2021 according to Forbes. This will be the first long-haul route for the new carrier.

Air Premia believes this market is underserved.

Air Premia will take delivery of its first Dreamliner next year.

Read the full story from Forbes.

Air Premia labels itself as a “hybrid service carrier”:

“A hybrid carrier that combines reasonable price and premium service”.

All images by the new airline.

Delta: Building a world class terminal: Delta employees, partners mark the start of demolition at LAX

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement for LAX:

First phase of $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project is now underway
  • The Delta Sky Way project will modernize, upgrade and connect Delta’s LAX terminals
  • Employees and partners celebrated the construction milestone
  • Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects since 2006

Demolition has officially started on Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, commencing the first phase of construction on the $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project.​

Delta employees along with representatives from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), contractor Hensel Phelps, and design firms Gensler and Arup gathered for a celebratory event to mark the milestone in the project, which will modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B). The event was held in an area of the terminal that is now closed to the public as construction gets underway and included a ceremonial wall demolition. Attendees also signed a steel girder that will be placed in the final facility.

Delta leaders, including Mary Loeffelholz, Vice President – LAX Corporate Real Estate; John Fechushak, Vice President – LAX Operations; and Scott Santoro, Vice President – Los Angeles and West Sales; were in attendance and recognized the airline’s LA-based employees for the role they play in taking care of customers during the construction and bringing the final facility to life.

Delta is investing $1.86 billion to create the airport facility our customers, employees and this city deserve and that will serve Angelenos for decades to come,” Loeffelholz said. “As demolition commences, it’s important to recognize that our employees are critical to the success of this project. They take care of our customers each day and will continue to have our customers’ backs during construction.”

“LAWA is excited to partner with Delta Air Lines to build world-class facilities that will enrich the experience for all who visit LAX,” said LAWA Chief Innovation & Technology Officer Justin Erbacci. “By integrating new technologies and the best of passenger amenities, we can create an exceptional guest experience that is safe, efficient and enjoyable.”

Delta Sky Way to offer customers a world-class airport experience

Soft demolition is underway on the central headhouse, which is the facility that houses check-in, baggage claim, the security screening checkpoint and more. The building will be demolished in July 2019, while excavation of the facility will be underway this fall. The Delta Sky Way project kicked off in May 2018, following the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners’ approval of the largest tenant improvement award in its history. The funding approval was followed by a series of projects that enabled the larger demolition and construction to begin, such as the relocation of the Terminal 3 security screening checkpoint in fall 2018, setup of the temporary bus gates, and realignment of jet bridges. Delta partnered with the Satterfield & Pontikes and STV joint venture for much of the enabling work.

When completed, the modern facility will offer more security screening capacity with automated security lanes, more gate-area seating, and a world-class concession program in partnership with Westfield Corporation, in addition to all the amenities that Delta’s customers have come to expect at LAX, including Delta ONE at LAX check-in space, new Delta Sky Club, and an integrated in-line baggage system.

Several key components of the project will be complete by the end of 2021, including the centralized lobby between Terminals 2 and 3; the centralized security screening area; consolidated baggage claim area; the new 25,000 sq. ft. Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck overlooking Terminals 2 and 3; and the Terminal 3 concourse. The remaining components, including the secure connector between Terminals 3 and B and the renovated Terminal 3 satellite, will be complete by the end of 2023.

Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects since 2006, and along with its airport partners, Delta will be involved in an additional $12 billion worth of facilities infrastructure projects in coming years, including improvements at several of its key hubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Air Italy’s first Los Angeles-Milan flight takes-off

Air Italy’s first nonstop service from Los Angeles to Milan Malpensa was inaugurated on April 3, taking off from Los Angeles at 6.50 pm, adding a third direct service to North America following last year’s launch of Milan-New York JFK and Milan-Miami.

The new Los Angeles-Milan IG944 service which will operate four times weekly was inaugurated by Air Italy’s Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, who thanked Joe Buscaino, Council Member Los Angeles City, Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director Los Angeles World Airport, Max Reyes, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Infrastructure Manager and Silvia Chiave, General Consul of Italy in Los Angeles and gave a warm send off to the departing passengers and media representatives.

In celebration of this new service, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony as the departure of the A330 aircraft was marked with a celebratory water cannon.

Air Italy’s next and fourth US service to be inaugurated will be the four-weekly services between San Francisco and Milan, which will commence on April 10th with flights each Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday.

The new flights from Los Angeles are four times weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday) and are operated by Air Italy’s new Airbus A330-200 offering 24 seats in Business and 228 in Economy class.

All international flights to and from Milan Malpensa, including the new LAX service, can connect with domestic flights served by Air Italy between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari, and Olbia.

Summer 2019 – Timetable North America

Milan Malpensa – Los Angeles – Milan Malpensa

(Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday)

Milan (MXP) – Los Angeles (LAX) IG943 departure 1:00 pm arrival 04:50 pm

Los Angeles (LAX) – Milan (MXP) IG944 departure 06:50 pm arrival 03:55 pm (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – San Francisco – Milan Malpensa

(Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday)

Milan (MXP) – San Francisco (SFO) IG937 departure 01:35 pm arrival 05:10 pm

San Francisco (SFO) – Milan (MXP) IG938 departure 07:10 pm arrival 04:05 pm (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – New York JFK – Milan Malpensa

(Daily)

Milan (MXP) – New York (JFK) IG901 departure 01:15 pm arrival 04:40 pm

New York (JFK) – Milan (MXP) IG902 departure 08:30 pm arrival 10:50 am (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – Miami – Milan Malpensa

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – From May 1st, + Thursday)

Milan (MXP) – Miami (MIA) IG969 departure 12:55 am arrival 05:10 pm

Miami (MIA) – Milan (MXP) IG968 departure 07:10 pm arrival 11:05 am (+1 day)

All flights connect with: Rome (FCO), Naples (NAP), Lamezia Terme (SUF), Palermo (PMO), Catania (CTA), Olbia (OLB) and Cagliari (CAG)

United breaks ground on a new Technical Operations Center at LAX

United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on February 28 broke ground on a state-of-the-art Technical Operations Center (TOC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that will enable the airline to provide exceptional service for all of its aircraft fleets. The new facility will include two connected buildings – a ground service equipment and facilities maintenance building and a line maintenance hangar, including an engine support shop that will focus on the aircraft’s Dreamliner fleet. The commencement of this $352 million TOC pushes the airline’s investments at its Los Angeles hub to nearly $1 billion in recent years.

United Airlines breaks ground on new Technical Operations Center at LAX

The new TOC will consolidate two facilities that United currently operates at LAX that are located a mile and a half apart, improving efficiency with not only moving aircraft around the airport but with transporting employees, parts, tools and other supplies – ultimately leading to a more efficient operation for customers. The TOC will be located near the airline’s terminal and stand at 407,408 square feet. The facility’s hangar will be able to accommodate up to six narrow-body or two widebody aircraft at a time, supporting United’s 150 flights that depart from LAX every day. The TOC will help United’s growing operation in Los Angeles by continuing to deliver an on time, safe and reliable operation.

United tapped AECOM Hunt to be the prime contractor for the project, and selected FSB as lead architect for the facility. The airline is also partnering with AvAirPros, which is providing project management services during construction of the TOC.

United is also investing in additional maintenance facilities at key airports around the country. Tampa airport authorities recently approved a ground lease for a new hangar that will have room for two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline is also continuing construction on an expansive new technical operations center at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which consolidates the airline’s maintenance operations in a complex that provides greater efficiency and flexibility. United is also moving into a new hangar in Portland, Oregon and working with the City of Chicago to create a new hangar as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

Hainan Airlines to launch Xi’an-Los Angeles service on December 31

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944785.

Hainan Airlines Holding Company, Ltd. (Hainan Airlines) plans to launch nonstop service between Xi’an and Los Angeles on December 31, 2018. It will be the first scheduled service between Xi’an and Los Angeles and the only intercontinental route between Xi’an and the United States.

The Xi’anLos Angeles service is scheduled to take off from Xi’an at 9:10 pm every Monday and Thursday BJT, and land at Los Angeles at 18:10 pm PT after being in the air for 12 hours and 10 minutes.

The new route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Hainan Airlines already has several routes that originate in Xi’an, with services to Tokyo, Rome, Sydney and Melbourne.

Hainan Airlines has to date launched 18 North American routes covering Seattle/Tacoma, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Las Vegas, Toronto (Pearson), Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City and Tijuana.

Hainan Airlines’ Xi’an-Los Angeles Flight Schedule (All times are local):

Flight No.

Aircraft

Schedule

Departure City

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Arrival City

HU493

Boeing 787

Monday/Thursday

Xi’an

 9:10 pm

6:10 pm

Los Angeles

HU494

Boeing 787

Monday/Thursday

Los Angeles

11:20 pm

5:10 am+2

Xi’an

The airline is also starting Paris (CDG) – Chongqing service on December 19, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944785.

Hainan aircraft slide show:

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Ethiopian flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles to transit via Lome

Named "Walia Ibex"

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has changed the ultra-long haul route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles to transit through Lome, Togo as of December 17, 2018 and will start new route from Addis Ababa to Dublin via Madrid as of December 15, 2018.

The new route will be the only and first of its kind to connect West Africa with the West Coast of the USA with a direct flight.

The new route to LAX via LFW will be operated as per below schedule:

 

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Flight

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Eff Date

Frequency

Dept Apt

Dept Time

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Arvl Apt

Arvl Time

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ET 0504

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17-Dec- 18

MON,WED,SAT

ADD

8:20

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LFW

11:10

ET 788

…….

LFW

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12:25

LAX

19:35

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ET 788

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ET 0505

17-Dec- 18

MON,WED,SAT

LAX

21:35

LFW

19:35

ET 788

…….

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LFW

20:50

ADD

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5:40

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ET 788

And the new route to DUB via MAD will be operated as per below schedule:

Flight

Eff Date

Frequency

Dept Apt

Dept Time

Arvl Apt

Arrv Time

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fleet

ET 0712

15-Dec-18

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ADD

23:50

MAD

5:20

ET 788

…….

MAD

6:20

DUB

8:00

ET 788

ET 0713

16-Dec-18

..3.5.7

DUB

16:45

MAD

20:30

ET 788

…….

MAD

21:30

ADD

7:00

ET 788

Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOT (msn 34748) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940816.

Ethiopian aircraft slide show:

Routes in Africa:

American Airlines, Los Angeles World Airports break ground on $1.6 billion reimagining of Terminals 4 and 5 at LAX

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Today, American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officially broke ground on a $1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5. The project marks American’s largest individual investment at an airport in its 92-year history and reaffirms the airline’s commitment to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino and LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton and CEO Deborah Flint joined American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, Senior Vice President of Los Angeles Suzanne Boda and frontline team members for a ceremony to unveil the project and begin construction in Terminal 5.

“Los Angeles stands at a global crossroads — a place where the world comes to meet, innovate and create,” Garcetti said. “American’s commitment to the reinvention of Terminals 4 and 5 will create good, middle-class jobs and better connect Los Angeles to the world.”

“Our mission to create a world-class airport can only be realized in collaboration with our airline partners like American Airlines, and we are grateful for the substantial commitment they have made to improving our guests’ experience at LAX,” Burton said. “We have set high expectations for LAX, and the project we are kicking off today will raise the bar for both American and this airport.”

In June 2017, American signed a letter of intent with LAWA, which set the framework for the carrier’s record investment. Now, less than 18 months later, construction is officially underway.

“Today marks an important milestone in the journey to creating an airport experience second to none,” said Flint. “The improvements included in the lease agreement between Los Angeles World Airports and American Airlines are ones that go to the heart of the guest experience. Working together with our airline partners as we reimagine our airport, we will transform LAX into the gold-standard airport that this city deserves.”

“American has proudly served Los Angeles for more than 70 years,” Parker said. “From the very beginning, when LAX first became a commercial airport in 1946, we’ve played a major role in keeping Southern California connected to the world. This remains one of the most important and fastest-growing markets for American, and today is a tremendous step forward as we continue to grow and strengthen our presence in the City of Angels.”

“Our $1.6 billion investment will not only transform the customer experience at LAX, it will also give our team members a better place to work every day,” Boda added. “It’s an exciting time for American Airlines. We’re investing back into our business and the communities we serve. That’s exactly what we’re doing here in Los Angeles, and thanks to our strong partnership with LAWA, the airport experience at LAX will soon set an example for the world.”

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Renderings of the $1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5.

The future of LAX begins

The project will fully modernize and update the infrastructure of LAX’s two busiest domestic terminals. When completed, the new facility will create a world-class customer experience from end to end, with open and efficient check-in and security processing areas; more inviting gate areas with increased seating and access to modern amenities; and greater ability for airline operations to quickly adapt to and incorporate rapidly evolving new technologies.

Renderings released at the event show the unified departure hall, which will combine the entranceway of Terminals 4 and 5. Together with the secure-side bridge connecting Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which was completed by American and LAWA in 2016, movement between terminals for connecting passengers will become significantly easier and more convenient.

The project will also reimagine the workspace of American’s 7,300-plus team members at LAX. Collaborative and open spaces will be designed to meet modern needs, with renovated break rooms; multi-use small and large meeting rooms; and team gathering spaces incorporated throughout the terminals.

Construction is now underway to reconfigure the Terminal 5 ticket lobby, allowing for the buildout of the Landside Access Modernization Project (LAMP) Core, a new facility being built in between Terminals 4 and 5 that will provide vertical circulation (elevators, escalators and stairs) for passengers arriving from the new Automated People Mover (APM) train system. From there, the project will continue in a carefully planned, phased approach that will move from curbside to gate areas.

In total, the project is expected to generate more than 6,000 jobs with more than 30 percent dedicated to local labor and 20 percent for minority- and women-owned business participation.

Additional benefits and features include:

  • Fully upgraded and modernized Terminal 4
  • Unified 300,000-plus square-foot, 28-gate complex for Terminals 4 and 5
  • Less roadway congestion thanks to access from public transportation via the new APM train system
  • A spacious new departure hall that allows direct natural sunlight throughout the building to reduce energy consumption
  • Reconfigured ticket counter and check-in areas to reduce wait times before security screening
  • Seamless access from check-in area directly to security screening areas
  • 16 lanes for security screening with automated technology
  • Transparent design with modern signage to intuitively guide passengers to their gates
  • Modern, state-of-the-art finishes and restroom facilities
  • Upgraded amenities at gate areas, including more access to power outlets and world-class dining and retail options

Strengthening the Los Angeles community

American was one of LAX’s first commercial carriers and the airline continues to grow and strengthen its presence of 70-plus years at the hub through significant direct and indirect investments in the region.

In May 2017, Boda was named Senior Vice President of Los Angeles for American, a newly created position charged with developing and achieving the airline’s strategic goals in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Since 2013, the carrier has increased its employee presence in Los Angeles by nearly 60 percent, including the hiring of nearly 200 Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking flight attendants and customer service agents. Today, American is the largest airline employer at LAX with more than 7,300 team members based at the hub, producing a $13.4 billion total economic output (direct, indirect and induced combined) in the greater Los Angeles area.

On Nov. 8, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) will recognize American as the 2018 Corporate Honoree at the 22nd annual Eddy Awards®. The Eddy Awards celebrate exceptional contributions to economic development in the L.A. region, consistent with LAEDC’s focus on increasing shared prosperity for residents and communities.

American is the largest carrier at LAX with more than 200 daily flights on peak days to 70 destinations and is the only airline with nonstop service to five continents. Since 2015, the carrier has added service to 26 new destinations from LAX, including Sydney; Hong Kong; Tokyo (Haneda Airport); Beijing; Auckland, New Zealand; and, most recently, Buenos Aires, making American the first and only airline to offer nonstop service from LAX to Argentina’s capital city.

In addition to strengthening the local economy, American has established strong partnerships with community organizations focused on education, human services and military/veterans initiatives. Highlights include:

  • Donating 10,000 premium amenity kits to the Los Angeles Mission, enough to reach nearly one in five who experience street homelessness each night
  • Helping to open Flagship Compton, a gourmet food truck built from a World War II Douglas DC-3 aircraft that now serves as a fundraising tool for Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, a living classroom in South Los Angeles that brings aviation history to life and is empowering the dreams of more than 5,000 local youth to take flight
  • Strengthening the partnership with Stand Up To Cancer through a collaborative, multifaceted awareness campaign with Marvel Studios
  • Supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation’s military and veterans programs, including Snowball Express in which 12 chartered American aircraft will fly to more than 35 locations, picking up children and spouses of those who have died in service to our nation for a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando for five days.

The most premium amenities at LAX, complimented by a premium airport experience

With three Admirals Club lounges and the recent addition of a Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining, American offers the most premium amenities of any carrier at LAX.

The opening of Flagship First Dining last December gives American’s customers traveling in first class on qualifying international flights or on nonstop transcontinental flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) exclusive access to a preflight tableside restaurant experience that offers complimentary, full-service dining with seasonal, locally inspired dishes and drinks. It is the first product of its kind to be offered by a domestic carrier at LAX.

The newly renovated Flagship Lounge, which also opened in December, allows customers flying in international first class or business class or on nonstop transcontinental flights to JFK an exclusive space to unwind, work or refresh before their flight. Customers can enjoy a range of food options, including a robust hot and cold buffet and a chef action station with freshly made-to-order dishes, along with the ability to pair meals with premium wine, champagne and spirits, or a refreshing drink from the “build your own cocktail” station.

The addition of Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining are part of a $200 million investment in American’s premium travel experience. At LAX, other dedicated investments include a new Admirals Club in Terminal 5, a redesigned and renovated Admirals Club in Terminal 4 and a new Admirals Club in the American Eagle terminal.

Thoughtful planning to ensure a world-class experience

Construction at Terminals 4 and 5 will occur in a carefully planned, phased approach to ensure a world-class experience for American’s nearly 16 million annual customers and more than 7,300 team members at LAX. The majority of the public-facing components of the project are expected to be complete in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

During construction, customers are encouraged to use the following tips and tools:

  • Download the American App before you fly to check in, access your mobile boarding pass, track your bags, stay informed of your flight status and more.
  • Visit aa.com prior to arriving at LAX for special updates, airport details and ticket counter hours.
  • Arrive early to allow plenty of time to navigate traffic and secure parking.