Lots of international aircraft swaps for 2020 already, including:
- Virgin Atlantic replaces the 787-9 with the A350-1000 from Apr 19 (https://onemileatatime.com/virgin-atlantic-a350-destinations/#london_to_los_angeles)
- Qatar Airways switches to the A350-1000 from the Boeing 777-200LR from May 1 (https://thepointsguy.com/news/qatar-airways-announces-a350-1000-expansion-to-lax/)
- China Southern replaces a daily A380 rotation with a 777-300ER starting June 17 (https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/288463/china-southern-ns20-long-haul-changes-as-of-31dec19/)
- Aeroflot replaces the 777-300ER with the A350-900 from Oct 25 (https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/288411/aeroflot-w20-long-haul-changes-as-of-26dec19/)
- Turkish Airlines switches from the 777-300ER to the 787-9 from Jun 10, increases from 7 weekly to 10 weekly, going to 11 weekly in July (https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/287717/turkish-airlines-adds-a350-south-america-service-from-july-2020/)
In the airport-related news, three people with measles traveled through LAX in December, potentially exposing lots of travelers. More here:
A man died after falling to his death from the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Dec 29th.
Rain, traffic, and the mess that is the new ride pickup system contributes to huge delays at LAX on a super-peak day of holiday travel.
On a personal note, I planned to arrive 2 hours before departure at LAX for my Dec 19th flight, and got stuck in the traffic going into the bend on Sepulveda, well beyond where the In N Out is. As I sat in my Lyft (couldn't walk/run to the terminals as I had luggage), we moved about 200ft every hour, and my departure time came and went without me getting to the terminals. I was calling AA from my Lyft twice in half an hour intervals advising them that I probably wouldn't make my flight, and they said not to worry and that I'd be rerouted/ placed on other flights. When I finally got into the terminal and the customer service line, almost all the people there were for the same reason - they'd missed their flights due to the traffic. This whole fiasco was completely insane. The traffic was caused by the cars going into the arrivals level, and my Lyft driver said now it was worse because all the arriving passengers would call family/friends, or pay random people to pick them up curbside, because private cars are still allowed there, causing a massive logjam. When we got to the bend on the departures level, the traffic wasn't that bad. While I was initially optimistic about the rideshares being moved to a lot, the wider repercussions have made things work. LAX had an inefficient system, but by all means it wasn't broken. This made it worse. Anyone else have good (or bad) experiences like this since the airport switched over to the LAX-it system?
Here's to a great 2020!