PHLwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 567 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3319 times:
Depends which direction the winds are blowing. About 80% of the time I've flown into LAX (about 20 times in the past 5 years) we've landed to the west, in which case downtown, the Hollywood hills, etc, will be visible off of the right side of the plane if it's clear. If taking off to the west and flying east, most of the time I've had a left turn just off of the Pacific coast, which makes viewing the city of Los Angeles more difficult, but possible on the left side of the plane once you've turned back east.
If you can provide what city you'll be coming from (BOG?) some folks more familiar than I with the LAX approaches might have additional info. I usually fly PHL-LAX via the CIVET5 arrival from the east, landing to the west.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3510 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3311 times:
Depends on the wind, and depends on what part of LA you want to see. Chances are, your plane will be arriving to the west, and if you wanted to see downtown LA (on a rare clear day that you could see it well ), the right side of the plane would be best. More experienced LAXers would be able to give more advice than I can. My experience is, arriving at LAX, day or night, either side will afford you a very nice opportunity to see the urban sprawl that is Los Angeles.
Note: if you're landing at night, the winds very well could be turned around (my personal experience), so you'll circle out over the ocean. In this case, it depends on where you're coming from.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1320 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
If you want to see the large buildings of downtown LA, sitting on the right side will most likely be better. Obviously this depends on the winds as the others have said but almost all approaches are from the east landing on the 24s and 25s.
Platinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3281 times:
It all depends where u are coming from. If u are coming in from the North or the Pacific most likely u will fly right over Downtown L.A which would be on your Left side. If you are coming in from the South or East then you will fly a bit further away from downtown L.A and it would be on your Right side. Airline and flight number would help.
ArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3272 times:
95% of the time you are going to land on either 24R or 25L which means you will pass by downtown LA, Dodger Stadium, Miracle Mile, Hollywood Hills, etc. that you will see from the right side of the A/C (provided there is no marine layer). If you land on 25L, you'll also have a nice view of the Hollywood Park Race Track and the Forum on the right side, as well. Off the left side of the A/C, in the distance you'll see downtown Long Beach, the Queen Mary, Palos Verdes Peninsula, etc.
However, if you are landing on 24R and you sit on the left side you may be able to get a good view of A/C landing on 25L which is pretty cool. Not as cool as the SFO approach, though...
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2908 times:
Quoting PHLwok (Reply 1): Depends which direction the winds are blowing. About 80% of the time I've flown into LAX (about 20 times in the past 5 years) we've landed to the west, in which case downtown, the Hollywood hills, etc, will be visible off of the right side of the plane if it's clear.
Definitely go right side. Depending on how clear it is you have a chance to see downtown, the hollywood hills and perhaps even the mountains.
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ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2824 times:
Quoting 767AV (Reply 7): I´ll be arriving on Avianca 0048 from Bogota at 18:30 Hrs
Not sure if anyone has touched on this yet, but if you're arriving at that hour in the winter, you're going to arriving at LAX in the dark. So while the right side is usually the best bet during the daylight hours to see the Hollywood hills, Downtown, and some other sights, at night no matter what side you choose, you'll have a great view of the city lights and you'll see just how expansive LA is. EIther way, enjoy your trip!
767ER From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2806 times:
Yes i would go for the right side. I usually fly in on Air New Zealand and. alas. last trip I was on the right hand side but we did a circle of LA due to congestion and got some good sights.
The German guy behind me - as we on approach - over lovely South Central asked me whether that was Beverly Hills. I laughed and said 'No, if it was you would see swimming pools galore and people in BH would not live under a flight path'. I have to say, South Central from the air looks like Suburbia...on the ground is another story.
Departures ex LAX on Air New Zealand turn directly left to the Pacific Ocean - not much to see at all.