aio86
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UA A320 @TBIT

Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:33 pm

Hello. Last night (9/23) I landed at LAX and as I was taxing to my gate I saw a United A320 parked at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. I was surprised to discover this aircraft there because United has an international customs facility in Terminal 6 where most of its international flights come in to. I looked up on their website and it shows flight 978 from MEX-LAX with an arrival gate at TBIT. I searched other international arrivals for United (Guatemala, San Salvador, Sydney, Tokyo, London) and they all arrived at terminal 6.

I checked again today and the flight is scheduled to go in to that same gate again today and tomorrow. Why does this flight land there? Is it too expensive to keep the terminal 6 customs facility open for this one, afternoon, international arrival? Any thoughts/ideas/answers?

-aio86
 
WesternDC1010
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sat Sep 25, 2004 5:13 pm

I saw a UA A320 parked at one of the Bradley Terminal gates back in August while our flight from HNL taxied into Gate 35 at LAX.

My assumption would be that since we had arrived at a rather busy hour at LAX, that all of International arrival gates (which seem to be isolated from the rest of the concourses at 6 and 7) were being utilized and that the TBIT was the next best alternative.

A much better alternative than a remote gate at the west end of the field.

Again, just my assumption.

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LAXintl
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:05 pm

Flight 978 arrives LAX after FIS facilities close at T-6/7. Thus passengers must clear at TBIT.

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COEWRNJ
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:15 pm

What time do they FIS facilities close in t-6/7. Looking at the UA timetable 978 arrives LAX at 8:21PM. Does UA not have any other Int'l arrivals scheduled around then?
 
SHUPirate1
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:46 pm

COEWRNJ-According to my September 22, 2004 timetable, here are UA's international arrivals at LAX:

UA 890 NRT 10:15 AM 744
UA 840 SYD 11:15 AM 744
UA 864 SAL 11:36 AM 320
UA 935 LHR 2:10 PM 777
UA 844 GUA 3:55 PM 752
UA 978 MEX 8:21 PM 320
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SHUPirate1
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:59 pm

Come to think of it, here are UA's connecting opportunities (the ones that make sense, nobody in their right mind would fly through LAX to BOS, for instance) from LAX, from that MEX flight...

UA 6594 SJC 10:00 PM CRJ
UA 6592 TUS 10:10 PM CRJ
UA 978 SFO 10:15 PM 733
UA 6540 SBA 10:19 PM CRJ
UA 6097 MRY 10:20 PM EM2
UA 522 SMF 10:20 PM 320
UA 6175 SNA 10:22 PM EM2
UA 6528 PHX 10:22 PM CRJ
UA 6421 FAT 10:25 PM CRJ
UA 6556 SAN 10:30 PM CRJ
UA 1492 LAS 10:30 PM 32S
UA 6076 ONT 10:35 PM EM2
UA 6110 OXR 10:38 PM EM2
UA 6164 SBP 10:41 PM EM2
UA 6051 CLD 10:42 PM EM2
UA 6064 BFL 10:45 PM EM2
UA 6124 PSP 10:46 PM EM2
UA 6146 SMX 10:47 PM EM2
UA 6086 IYK 10:52 PM EM2
UA 839 SYD 11:05 PM 744
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COEWRNJ
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:03 pm

Thanks SHUPirate1,
I didn't realize UA's international flights have been reduced to so few at LAX. It obviously makes sense to send 978 over to TBIT if the closest arrival before that is around 4.
 
SHUPirate1
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:15 pm

COEWRNJ-Here's a better idea...why doesn't UA re-time the flight so that they can actually park that flight at their own international gates...if somebody could track down the typical schedule for that specific A-320 (the one that generally flies that route) that would be great...it appears that that A-320 comes in from SFO to MEX as UA 977 (leaves SFO at 11:15, gets into MEX at 5:36)
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RE: UA A320 @TBIT

Mon Sep 27, 2004 8:13 am

The flight time obviously works for them.... so if it ain't broke, why fix it?
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