738_Driver From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4838 times:
There is no room. These are the only two gates that can support a 747 and there are no plans to change that. Besides these are the only two gates that have FIS capabilities in T-4.
The upgrades to the gates were completed a year or so ago when AA completely redesigned and upgraded their LAX T-4 facility. In the renovation, a new FIS customs facility was built under Gate 4 to accommodate international arrivals.
As much as others oneworld carriers may want to use T-4, there simply will never be enough room for everyone. The two QF aircraft make it AA's operation at T-4 very tight at times when it comes to gating the schedule.
Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5493 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4809 times:
Unless CX, BA, LA, AA Int'l, and EI all use LAX at different times, it can't be done. As it currently is, I think QF only uses those gates for SYD flights. If I'm not mistaken, MEL, BNE, and the rest use TBIT. However, tunnels could be built linking the TBIT gates adjacent to T4, more oneworld/ AA partners could use T4 customs.
I know that Air Pacific's Nadi flight leaves at 11:30 pm from TBIT, couldn't they use T4 given that they are AA(and QF) partners? Also it is an off peak time.
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DFWMEX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4666 times:
Last month I flew Qantas and found out the following: only the codeshare flights with AA (the non-stops to Sydney) operate from the American Terminal. All other Qantas flights operate from the Bradley International. It is weird how I went to check-in in AA's terminal and was asked to go to the other terminal to check-in. My baggage was already check-in from DFW all the way to Brisbane and I flew Delta to LAX. I can't believe they couldn't just issue me the boarding pass right there at the AA terminal. I pass through it from T5's Delta and it was more convenient that doing excessive walking to the far right of the Bradley terminal. Anyway, only the non-stops to Sydney that are operated in codeshare with AA operate from AA's terminal. It is funny to see them parked in two different terminals.
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QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4645 times:
I was at T4 today working alongside the two Qantas flights. The above photos show gates 41, 43, and 45. It looks tight, but it really isn't. Today, there was VH-OJS and VH-OEH and they had about 10-15 feet between wingtips. Gates 41 and 43 have indentations in the terminal walls that help support the 744, so the nose is close to kissing the T4 windows.
While QF uses these two gates for their AA codeshare flights, AA also uses them for their international flights, as if that's where all of the flights requiring customs will go. Daily, there will be 2 QF 744s sitting at 41 and 43, and then at 2pm and 4pm, respectively, two 777s fill those gates. Today's AA 777s were both from LHR as AA137 (ship 7BS) and AA135 (ship 7BH). What this has done, is freeing up the gates at the crown of the terminal, such as gates 49A, 48A, 48B, 47B, and 47A and allowed many east coast flights to occupy them. As AA has downgraded many of their east coast flights to 738s, that's pretty much all you will see during the day, with the exception of an MD83 or 752 sitting there.
Last thing, is that the TBIT is nothing but glad to get rid of flights to other terminals. With only 10 gates, the TBIT can get very tight at times. But with AF moving to T5 and QF codeshares moving to T4, there has been a little bit of breathing room. Also, room has been made for things like the SQ A345, China Eastern A346 and the Air India 744.
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