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User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 3323 times:

I remember back in the 80's that the old World Airways used to operate out of the Imperial Terminal at LAX rather than the other terminals. It wasn't very convenient to the other terminals for connections sake, and I'm not sure of it offered the same amenities present a the others.

Why did World Airways opt to use the Imperial Terminal? Did any other carriers use it at any other time? Also, is it being used for scheduled ops now? If not what is it used for?



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User currently offlineSunValley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

I think MGM Grand used it too.

User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

I also believe Transamerica Airlines utilized the West Imperial terminal as well.

User currently offlineAntonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3233 times:

world moved in to the new (was it tom bradley?) terminal
as soon as it opened
they used the inperial terminal in their charter days
moved in their schedule service days
and now dont know which they use


User currently offlineHNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Imperial Terminal was primarily used for charter ops...all of that changed when MGM Grand Air came in and revolutionize the LAX-JFK market with it's all F class product. I heard it was an incredible experience. They turned Imperial into a private club type of atmosphere since that is where your "experience" began. All of the celebs used to use MGM Grand Air. I believe they used modified DC-8's if I am not mistaken. At one point, I think they used 727's. All I remember is getting off of my red-eye trips from HNL and my sister picking me up to go home to El Segundo and we would pass Imperial Terminal and I would see that MGM plane there and wish, man I wanna go to JFK.

User currently offlineHNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

I found some pics of MGM Grand Air in the database that I wanted to post:


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The 727's operated in an all First Class configuration, but from the brochures that I had of it, the service was beyond First...

The DC-8's operated a two class service, First Class and "Grand Class Coach".

Enjoy!


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Currently, the Imperial Terminal is not used.

David / MRY


User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3062 times:

No scheduled opps out of Imperial terminal, most sports teams coming into LAX use the W.Imperial Terminal.

User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3012 times:

The Imperial terminal is used as sort of a parking space for all these international flights that are parking for the day... also, I remembered deplaning at Imperial Terminal when I flew in with CX... the TBIT is too crowded in summer or at certain days, and we have to be bused in and out of those far parking spots. last December, I noticed that one of the evening CX's LAX flights (A346 one) was using the Imperial terminal, as they were using the bus gates... There are parking bridges and very limited facilities (small seating area and bathrooms) at each of these gates (all separated in little booths), and you use buses to transport you back to the terminal.

I recall reading a Lan Chile report here and the author told us that they were bused out to the Imperial terminal.

Carfield


User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1537 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Carfield

You got the Imperial terminal confused with the remote parking. The imperial terminal is on the south side of the airport.


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