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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.
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Photos of the Day: Smoke in number 2 engine of AeroUnion XA-LRC at LAX

AeroUnion (Mexico) Boeing 767-241 ER (F) XA-LRC (msn 23802) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940184.

On December 5, 2017 AeroUnion (Mexico) was preparing to operate cargo flight 6R 301 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) with the pictured Boeing 767-241 ER XA-LRC (msn 23802).

AeroUnion (Mexico) Boeing 767-241 ER (F) XA-LRC (msn 23802) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940185.

The Boeing 767 departed from LAX but the right (number 2) engine started trailing smoke (above) after a possible bird strike. The flight crew declared an emergency, circled around and made an emergency and safe landing on runway 25L.

AeroUnion (Mexico) Boeing 767-241 ER (F) XA-LRC (msn 23802) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940186.

Later in the day, the aircraft completed its journey to GDL.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Washington Dulles, will go double daily to Los Angeles

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Emirates (Dubai) is planning to introduce the Airbus A380 on the daily Dubai – Washington (Dulles) route starting on March 27, replacing the current Boeing 777-300 ER per Airline Route.

In other news, Emirates also announced that it plans to launch a second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday July 1, 2016.

The second Los Angeles flight will be operated with an Emirates’ Airbus A380-800 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.

The new service, flight EK217, will depart Dubai at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m.

The return flight, EK218, will depart Los Angeles at 10:30pm. and arrive in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1:30 a.m. The new service will supplement the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight departing Dubai at 8:55 a.m. and landing in Los Angeles at 1:55 p.m. The existing return flight, EK 216, departs LAX 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Dubai 7:35 p.m. the following day.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EEI (msn 123) in the “United for Wildlife” special scheme visited Munich.

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China Southern Airlines and Virgin America to expand their codeshare agreement

China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-31B ER B-2029 (msn 43224) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930493.

Virgin America (San Francisco) and China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) have announced a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel between China, Southeast Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations across the United States.

Under the new agreement, China Southern will place its two-digit airline code (CZ) and flight numbers on a range of Virgin America routes operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington DC.

This partnership will bring expanded choice and convenience for travelers flying between China Southern’s numerous Chinese and Southeast Asia destinations and the United States. This agreement is unique in that China Southern is the only airline offering non-stop service between Guangzhou and Wuhan and the United States.

China Southern offers daily flights from Guangzhou to San Francisco (three flights per week with one stop in Wuhan), ten flights per week from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and daily flights from Guangzhou to New York.

This new agreement builds and expands on China Southern’s existing interline arrangement with Virgin America. China Southern is Virgin America’s sixth codeshare agreement and joins the airline’s growing partner portfolio.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. China Southern’s Boeing 777-31B ER B-2029 (msn 43224) departs from Los Angeles.

Below Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin America’s Airbus A320-214 N855VA (msn 5179) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).

Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N855VA (msn 5179) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 930492.

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Southwest Airlines and TWU 555 reach a tentative agreement

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 HL N654SW (msn 28399) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930591.

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced a new tentative agreement with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 555, the union that represents more than 12,000 Southwest Ground Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents. The Union’s Executive Board reviewed an Agreement in Principle that negotiators reached on December 23 and decided to conduct a ratification vote that could end more than four years of negotiations.

The Company said that the new contract not only improves wages and benefits, but it also enhances Southwest’s competitive standing within the industry.

Over the next few weeks, the Union will share the terms of the agreement with its members and conduct a ratification vote. If approved, the contract will become amendable in 2021.

Southwest operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H4 N654SW (msn 28399) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Alaska to terminate the Vancouver – Los Angeles route

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will drop the Vancouver – Los Angeles route in June. The daily route will be dropped on June 4, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com.  Boeing 737-990 N303AS (msn 30017) with the revised titles approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Malaysia Airlines tentatively schedules the last Boeing 777 revenue flight

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRN (msn 28419) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930749.

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is phasing out and retiring its Boeing 777-200 ER fleet as we have previously reported. According to Airline Route, the last revenue flight has now been tentatively scheduled for March 26, 2016 as flight MH 377 from Guangzhou to the Kuala Lumpur base.

The type was involved in two tragic aircraft losses in 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRN (msn 28419) completes its final approach to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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