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Where Do QF380s Spend The Day At LAX?  
User currently offlineUCLAX From United States of America, joined May 2003, 182 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Is QF consistently using Gate 101 for its A380? Where does it get towed for storage during the day? Also, what time do they usually tow it away from the gate and back to the gate?
(I'm deciding between WN and DL for an upcoming trip and my ability to get a good look at the A380 will be the main deciding factor.)
Thanks and a happy weekend to all!


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User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

That is the only gate that is able to hold the Super and 25L is the only runway it can land on. And I believe it stays at that gate all day because only certain taxiways are approved for it to go over.

User currently offlineJkj777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3627 times:



Quoting 413X3 (Reply 1):
That is the only gate that is able to hold the Super and 25L is the only runway it can land on

That is not true, the 380 can and has landed on 24R.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OeJ1HpPyhA

many more videos just like that.

I am assuming (I have yet to drive down Lincoln in the days that it is here) that the aircraft is stored where the other QF 747's are parked during the day. Anyone have info otherwise?


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1984 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Take WN and sit on the right side of the plane.

The QF A380 lands on 25L and taxiis to gate 101. After it's done at the gate, they tow it every time so far to the north side. Sorry, don't know what it's called, but it's the area where AA and Kalitta park a few planes. Going east to west, you have the International terminal, taxiway Q, then the QF A380 area, followed by the "Qantas farm" where you'll see 5 or 6 QF 744s parked. But they do NOT park it with the other QF planes. You can even see the A380 tail from T-1.

Check this out, I think it's the Hangar Area by taxiways E11 and E12.
http://flightaware.com/resources/airport/LAX/APD/AIRPORT+DIAGRAM/pdf


They usually tow it back to gate 101 around 930pm for an 11pm or 12am departure.


Every WN pilot I see always asks me, "Hey, did ya see the big A380 out there?" So if you take WN, you'll land on the 24s, exit runway right in front of the A380, and you'll see it on the right side of the plane.

By the way, the A380 can land on 24s, but currently only does 25L for take off and landing. That YouTube video was the demo flight in March. They sent it to 24 just to show it off. In real life, they won't be sending it there unless the 25s are busy.

[Edited 2008-12-05 12:14:40]

[Edited 2008-12-05 12:15:59]


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User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3547 times:



Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 2):
That is not true, the 380 can and has landed on 24R.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OeJ1HpPyhA

many more videos just like that.

That was the Airbus demonstration aircraft only. Qantas always lands on 25


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3533 times:



Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3):
After it's done at the gate, they tow it every time so far to the north side.

Are you sure? I have been around the airport late afternoon (it arrives early morning) and it was sitting at 101 many times.


User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3370 times:



Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3):
After it's done at the gate, they tow it every time so far to the north side. Sorry, don't know what it's called, but it's the area where AA and Kalitta park a few planes.

The TWA hangar (now called AA maintenance north).

Quoting 413X3 (Reply 4):
That was the Airbus demonstration aircraft only. Qantas always lands on 25

Has to do with the arrival STAR for South Pac arrivals. Not indicative of the (in)ability of the 24s to accomodate.



With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3320 times:



Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3):
After it's done at the gate, they tow it every time so far to the north side.

Are you sure? I have been around the airport late afternoon (it arrives early morning) and it was sitting at 101 many times.

The first two scheduled QF arrivals spent time at the gate during the afternoon. Since then, movement log shows tow offs by mid morning for the early arrival (Mon/Wed), or a tow off by noon for the mid morning arrival (Fri).



With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3777 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3107 times:



Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3):
The QF A380 lands on 25L and taxiis to gate 101. After it's done at the gate, they tow it every time so far to the north side. Sorry, don't know what it's called, but it's the area where AA and Kalitta park a few planes. Going east to west, you have the International terminal, taxiway Q, then the QF A380 area, followed by the "Qantas farm" where you'll see 5 or 6 QF 744s parked. But they do NOT park it with the other QF planes. You can even see the A380 tail from T-1.

That's exactly where I saw it from the Encounter when I flew on it a couple weeks ago. It was most assuredly not at the gate at 2PM when I arrived.



PHX based
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21588 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3098 times:



Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3):
That YouTube video was the demo flight in March.

Yep. Flew right past us at the In-N-Out parking lot.

Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
it arrives early morning

That depends. It arrived late morning last Friday…



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User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2846 times:



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 9):
Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
it arrives early morning

That depends. It arrived late morning last Friday…

Last Friday(11/28/08) it arrived a little early landing on 25L. STA was 0950.I was already de-boarding by that time.



#proudtobeabulldog
User currently offlineJKJ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2785 times:



Quoting 413X3 (Reply 4):
That was the Airbus demonstration aircraft only. Qantas always lands on 25

But the aircraft IS capable of landing on 24R, contrary to the original statement of it NOT being able to land anywhere except for 25L. If 25L is busy or unable to handle the aircraft at the time due to traffic, it is able to continue to the right side and land on 24R. They sure as heck would not turn around and head back home or head up to SFO just because 25L is inoperable. Come on, already............

90% of the time on DL, I land on 25L, because the DL terminal is over on the south complex. However, in busy times, I have landed on 24L or 24R. An airline is not required to land only on one runway like you are making it sound here.


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21588 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks ago) and read 2734 times:



Quoting Flyboysp (Reply 10):
Last Friday(11/28/08) it arrived a little early landing on 25L. STA was 0950.I was already de-boarding by that time.

Yes, but that is late morning, not early morning.



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