Planenutz 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?
Antonovman 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
HNLFlyboy 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.
Carfield 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.