Mondays are decent..when you get there about 1030-1100AM All the Asian and South Pacific carriers will be arriving and NWA 1 a 744 will be departing. QF
4 744s,NZ 2-744s,SQ,JL 2-3 744s, TG
,KE,MH,BR and CI
744s too. As the last 4 arrive so will the Swiss A340, Air Tahiti's A340(s) should be on the ground or arriving. China Eastern's A346 will arrive as well.Unfortunately the illustrious Air Pacific 744 won't make an appearance that day. Korean's 777 will be about to leave. HMY's 757 will be arriving as well. While you are waiting to enter the departure lounge LH
744 and A340 will arrive as will BA
, KLM and EI
. In this span also 3 UA
744s will have arrive as will as 3 AA
777s and a number of UA
Bets place to watch after check-in. If the weather is good..go back outside and go to the top of the parking garage to your left near T3
(Alaska). The one on the right or near T4
(AA) has a heliport on top and is inaccessible. The cops on bikes/foot or car may appear. But just explain you are a plane enthusiast/photog plus you are travelling...and that's if they approach you. They've developed a discering eye for 'spotters' these days. The view from there is spectacular! Overlooking the northside of the field..you turn to your left and still see action on the southside. Lately Swiss has been parking on the north so you very well may be able to photograph your ship as she arrives and is towed onto your gate. Don't go into the departure lounge secured area until you absolutely have to...once in you cannot come out..well it's discouraged. Go in about an hour before departure..you'll be fine.
If the weather sucks (rain), above the ticketing area is the Food Court. There are gigantic paned windows at both extreme ends where you can see the line ups at the Intl terminal on one side or the other. There is also a viewing area in the very center on the same level. No gates here..but this is the 50 yardline where aircraft landing on the southside but gate on the north...pass right in front of you to get there. Also some planes landing on the north side but gate south may (but don't have to) use this route (they have the luxury of making that transition far down field if directed by the tower).
Sounds like you have a great trip ahead of you! I look forward to hearing how your LX
A340 experience goes! Happy Contrails!!!
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