Friday, October 31, 2008

Alaska Airlines starts seasonal service between Alaska and Maui

Alaska Airlines 737-890 N557AS (35176/2010) arrives in Anchorage sporting a "Lei" on it's tail celebrating the carriers Hawaii service.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

Alaska Airlines today inaugurates seasonal service between Anchorage and Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. The flights, which operate three days a week, continue through April 25, 2009.

Flights from Anchorage will depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:20 p.m. Alaska time and arrive at 6:35 p.m. Hawaii time. Return flights will depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:45 p.m. Hawaii time and arrive at 5 a.m. Alaska time.*"There is a unique link between the people and geography of the state of Alaska and the islands of Hawaii that we are happy to celebrate with these new flights," said Bill MacKay, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president of Alaska. "We're excited to add Maui to the list of other warm-weather destinations that we'll serve this winter."

The new flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverage and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a complimentary Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $5. Customers in first class enjoy exotic meals such as macadamia nut-encrusted mahi mahi.Inflight service includes Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features.

* Note, flight times will adjust one hour as follows during Daylight Savings Time, Nov. 2, 2008-March 7, 2009:Anchorage to Maui Depart 2:20 p.m. – Arrive 7:35 p.m. Maui-AnchorageDepart 9:45 p.m. – Arrive 5 a.m.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Emirates Commences Dubai-Los Angeles Service

Emirates 777-21H/LR climbs from rwy 25R bound for
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
(Photo by Michael Carter)
Emirates operates Boeing 777-21H/LR aircraft on it's new
DXB-LAX route.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

On Sunday October 26th, Emirates flight 215 touched down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 1:55pm as it arrived from Dubai (DXB) after completing the first scheduled non-stop flight between the two cities. The flight which covers a distance of 8,339 miles is a 16hr 45mn flight from Dubai with the return clocking 16hrs.

Emirates is operating it's new Boeing 777-21H/LR configured with eight luxurious private suites in first class, 42 lie-flat beds in business class, and 216 seats in economy class.

The carrrier will operate the flight three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Once Emirates receives it's second aircraft the route will become a daily operation.

The flight departs Dubai at 08:20am arriving in Los Angeles at 1:05pm and depart LAX at 4:00pm arriving in Dubai at 7:55pm.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Qantas A380 arrives in Los Angeles

Taxies to the Flight Path Learning Center.
Departs LAX on a two hour sightseeing flight to the San Francisco.
A nice look at the Trent 900 engines utilized on the Qantas A380 fleet.
Arrives back in Los Angeles following it's sightseeing flight to San Francisco.

Qantas A380-841 VH-OQA (cn 14) arrived in Los Angeles Monday morning October 20th, touching down on Rwy 25L at 0724 following the completion its inugural flight from Melbourne Australia.

The aircraft parked at the Tom Bradley International Terminal and after all passengers, bags and cargo had been off loaded the aircraft made it's way to the Flight Path Learning Center where a short ceremony was held commemorating this first flight. Following the ceremonies invited guests were taken aboard the new A380 and departed on a two hour sightseeing flight to the San Francisco Bay area.

Alitalia Discontinues LAX Service

Alitalia 777-243ER I-DISD (32860/439) "Cortina d Amprezzo" arrives in Los Angeles on a lovely afternoon.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

Alitalia Airlines has announced that after only five months back in Los Angeles it will be discontinuing it's service between Rome (FCO) and LAX as of November 8th, 2008.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New C-17A takes to the Skies

The crew deploys the thurst reversers as they abort Thursday afternoons flight.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

On short final to Rwy 30 as it returns from a short pre-delivery hop on Friday. (Photo by Michael Carter)

C-17A 07-7179 (P-179) took to the skies on Friday October 17th for a short pre-delivery test flight. The aircraft was to have flown on Thursday but returned to the flight ramp following an aborted takeoff with an obvious no-fly issue.