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Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:29 pm

Hi all!
For my family trip, we're doing a two week adventure in California with a stop in Las Vegas next month. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it turns out renting a car in Vegas and returning it in LAX for the remainder of our trip is more cost efficient than picking it up in SFO. That being said, we just booked a flight from SFO-LAS with my favorite airline. I'm looking forward to it as it adds another flight to our trip, and I get to add LAS to my collection! Bonus points for it being with Virgin America!

What side do you guys recommend when landing into LAS? I had row 24A booked but then I switched to 22F since I'm sitting on the left side for our return flight LAX-FLL. Would I see anything more interesting on the left or right side of the plane when landing at LAS?

Also-- tips for planespotting in Vegas?!

Thank you in advance,
Jeff
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:31 am

More often than not, the 25's are used for landing, so left side is preferable. Flights arriving from the west will do a downwind pattern to the south. The 19's are also used for landing, but typically come from the east. Though the irony is on my first flight into LAS, we landed on the 7's. Great close-up view of the Strip on short final.

The best approach into LAS though is the Stratosphere Visual to runway 19L, but I've checked FR24 and I don't see planes doing this approach anymore.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:22 am

Left side is going to be your best bet.

In July, LAS is either Config 1 or Config 4 95% of the time.

In the summer afternoon heat, the preferred configuration is landing 7R and the 19s (config 4) unless the wind is strong out of the southwest. Coming from SFO you'd land 7R which would have the best view on the left. Config 1 you'd land 25L, which offers a great view on the downwind from the left side.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:25 am

phatfarmlines wrote:
The best approach into LAS though is the Stratosphere Visual to runway 19L, but I've checked FR24 and I don't see planes doing this approach anymore.



What, the right base to 19R/L?
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:38 am

I would also recommend the left side, as long as you aren't on a morning flight.
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:49 am

portcolumbus wrote:
phatfarmlines wrote:
The best approach into LAS though is the Stratosphere Visual to runway 19L, but I've checked FR24 and I don't see planes doing this approach anymore.



What, the right base to 19R/L?


Right, the one that follows the strip and turn north of the Stratosphere hotel. For that one, you want to sit on the right side of the aircrat.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:59 am

phatfarmlines wrote:
portcolumbus wrote:
phatfarmlines wrote:
The best approach into LAS though is the Stratosphere Visual to runway 19L, but I've checked FR24 and I don't see planes doing this approach anymore.



What, the right base to 19R/L?


Right, the one that follows the strip and turn north of the Stratosphere hotel. For that one, you want to sit on the right side of the aircrat.


The STAAV SID conflicts with that approach when we're on the primary configuration (25/19) so it's not done during the day. It's generally only done by the Janet a/c early in the morning or by request really late at night.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:38 pm

Thank you all for the great responses! I switched my seats back to the A/B/C side. Most videos on YouTube seem to show the strip seen on the right side of the airplane. I wonder why that is?

I'm looking forward to visiting Vegas, and visiting the Airplane Shop there!

Cheers,
Jeff
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:14 pm

jeffh747 wrote:
Thank you all for the great responses! I switched my seats back to the A/B/C side. Most videos on YouTube seem to show the strip seen on the right side of the airplane. I wonder why that is?


If you depart 25R, you have a great view from the right side. If you land 19R/L, you fly down the final with the Strip on the right.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:24 pm

jeffh747 wrote:
Thank you all for the great responses! I switched my seats back to the A/B/C side. Most videos on YouTube seem to show the strip seen on the right side of the airplane. I wonder why that is?

I'm looking forward to visiting Vegas, and visiting the Airplane Shop there!

Cheers,
Jeff


Because in the hundreds of times I have landed at LAS, 99% of the landings have been on 25 L, so, coming in from SFO, you will fly in over Pahrump, fly over the Spring Mountains, pass the strip to the south, (you'll have a good view of the strip while on that leg), make a turn over Lake Mead, then head back into Vegas, where downtown and the Strip will be on your right hand side.

On the 19's, same story, except for the most part the strip will be on the nose for most of the time, right up until the turn on to 19, then the strip will be on the right hand side.

If you come in on the 1's, you won't see much until the last minute.

But anyways, I would switch over to the other side and sit behind/in front of the wing.
 
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:41 pm

Hey everyone, thank you for your responses. It seems like we had another change in plans. We are now also flying from Vegas to Long Beach.

Any tips on which side to sit on when we land in LGB?
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Re: Flying into LAS for the first time- which side?

Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:34 pm

Generally all flights will land on rwy 30, ocean on left side, city views on right. Coming from the northeast you will have city views on your right hand side almost the entire approach.
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