Friday, May 28, 2021

United Airlines Boeing 737-924(ER)(WL) (30131/3014) N53441

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Taxies to then rolls for takeoff on Rwy 30 as "UA2511" May 26, 2021 taking the California Angels to San Francisco International Airport (SFO/KSFO) for three games with Oakland A's then two games with the Giants.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Gulfstream G500 (c/n 72033) N710FT ex N533GD

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Operated by Sunset Aviation arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "TWY710" from Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW/KAFW) on an absolutely gorgeous evening here in SoCal May 19, 2021.

****It felt so good to capture this lovely bird as I have been going through complete Gulfstream withdrawal since the completion center closed here at Long Beach Airport.****

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Mexicana Boeing 727-2Q4(ADV) (22424/1683) XA-MEQ "Ciudad del Carmen"

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)
(Michael Carter Slide Collection)
Rests in the midday sun at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) in December 1980 shortly after delivery on December 5, 1980.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 (26877/944) N188UA

  (Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
(Kodachrome K64 Slide)
On final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on March 15, 1997.
Following her years of service with United Airlines she found her way to Corsair as F-WSEA on December 1, 2004 later re-registered as F-HSEA on July 13, 2005.
She was WFU and STD at (GBA/EGBP) on June 12, 2020.
First Flight: October 23, 1992.
Delivered to United Airlines on December 4, 1992.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Korean Air Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11(F) (48409/490) HL7373

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
 (Kodachrome K64 Slide)
Taxies to Rwy 25L for a morning departure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on November 10, 1998.
Delivered to Korean Air Lines on March 24, 1992.
Transferred to Korean Air Lines Cargo then converted to freighter and re-delivered on March 1, 1996 as an MD-11(F). 
On May 25, 1996 the aircraft experienced at tail strike while landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) resulting in major damage which took 63 days to repair.
On April 15, 1999 operating as "KAL6316" Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA/ZSSS) - Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI) this lovely lady crashed shortly after take-off due to loss of control of the aircraft resulting in the complete destruction of the aircraft along with the loss off all three crew members and four people on the ground.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stephenson Air Services G500 (c/n 72040) N500XX

 (Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Captured on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as it arrives from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT/KFAT) on May 5, 2021.

Friday, April 30, 2021

World Atlantic Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (53291/2019) N801WA "Emily"

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

On short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WL338" arriving from El Paso International Airport (ELP/KELP) on April 29, 2021 sporting the bare metal livery of the aircraft's previous operator, American Airlines.

Delivered to American Airlines on August 24, 1992 as N76201.

WFU and STD at Roswell (ROW/KROW) New Mexico 7/5/2015 - 2/12/2018.

Ferried (ELP/KELP) - (MIA/KMIA) February 12, 2018 on delivery to World Atlantic Airlines.

Re-registered as N801WA and named "Luis Oliva" on August 31, 2018, currently named "Emily."

Thursday, April 29, 2021

World Atlantic Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (53251/1909) N806WA

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Captured on short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WL332" arriving from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX/KPHX) on April 27, 2021. 
The carrier is bringing in illegal immigrants from Mc Allen Miller International Airport (MFE/KMFE) Mc Allen, Texas and El Paso International (ELP/KELP) El Paso, Texas to be housed at the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach.
Another flight arrived this afternoon (April 28) with the same status passengers with at least one more flight scheduled later this week according to sources with the city. 
Delivered: September 11, 1991 to American Airlines as N588AA.
WFU and STD at Roswell (ROW/KROW) New Mexico August 10, 2012.
Re-delivered: September 13, 2013 to World Atlantic Airlines as N588AA, re-registered July 2, 2014 as N806WA.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Gulfstream G600 (c/n 73045) N945GA tbr N665P


"GLF62" taxies to Rwy 30 for an early morning departure.

When delivered the aircraft will join the Conoco Phillips fleet.

 Rolls for takeoff on a simply gorgeous SoCal Morning.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Sadly this is the last brand new Gulfstream to depart from Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as Gulfstream Aerospace has made the decision to close down its West Coast Completion Center due to the unfavorable business climate here in California. The Gulfstream Service Center will remain open until August or September of this year then will also close moving it's operations to Van Nuys Airport (VNY/KVNY).

Gulfstream joins a long list of companies that have left the airport over the years. Cessna was the first moving its service center to Arizona, McDonnell Douglas / Boeing, jetBlue Airways, Federal Express (FedEx) and Toyota AirFlite FBO.

Michael Carter - Editor: Aero Pacific Flightlines)

Thursday, April 8, 2021

United Airlines Boeing 767-322(ER)(WL) (29243/800) N675UA

Arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "UA2569" on April 6, 2021.

 Captured later rolling for takeoff on Rwy 30 as "UA2511" bound for Tampa International Airport (TPA/KTPA) with the California Angels on board.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

New U.S. budget airline Avelo seeks niche on West Coast

Avelo Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier created by a former United Airlines executive, made its debut on Thursday with plans for service between secondary airports on the U.S. West Coast and one-way fares starting at $19.

Backed by $125 million in private equity, Avelo will begin operations from its first base at Hollywood Burbank Airport just outside Los Angeles, with flights starting April 28.

Although travel demand has dropped during the pandemic, the downturn has opened opportunities including gate capacity at Burbank and cheaper aircraft as large carriers scaled back operations globally, Avelo's founder and chief executive, Andrew Levy, told Reuters.

"There's market opportunities that would have been harder for us to tackle a year ago," said Levy, the co-founder and former president of low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines and chief financial officer of United Airlines.

Avelo will begin with 11 non-stop routes from Burbank and three Boeing 737-800 planes with 189 seats and one-way fares starting at $19. It expects to have at least six airplanes and around 400 employees by the end of year, Levy said.

U.S. airlines executives have recently pointed to large pent-up travel demand as the economy reopens and more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccinations, a desire Levy hopes to tap into with low fares.

"Demand is coming back quickly. It's still nowhere near what it used to be so I think in the short term prices will be really low, but we're built for that," he said.

Another U.S. start-up, Breeze Airways based in Salt Lake City and backed by aviation veteran David Neeleman, is preparing to begin low-cost flights on routes it says have been abandoned by larger carriers.

(Tracy Rucinski - Reuters)