A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10520 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
I was just looking at photo's of LAX and saw this photo where you can see Qantas 744's parked at one of the maintenance hangars (ex-TW) in LAX and was wondering why they are parked their for. When I went to San Francisco via LAX with Pan Am in 1991, I also saw three Qantas 747's parked near a maintenance facility, at the time they were one 747-400, one 747-200 and one 747SP. I had to wait there for a few hours and still saw them parked there when we left.
Does Qantas park there aircraft at those maintenance hangars for a particular reason? Do there flights arrive in the morning and leave in the evening? If so, why would they park there aicraft at a maintenance hangar? Are there no buffer zones at LAX where aircraft can be parked for a longer period?
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1554 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
I know that years back TWA had a maintenance contract for
the B747's at LAX for QF, NZ and a few others. As the planes would
sit all day between flights, they would be towed over to the area
near the TWA maintenance facility for the inflight checks etc.,
thus freeing up gate space, and making the planes easily available
for any maintenance needed. Whoever took over the TWA facility at
LAX is probably still using that space for such things..