I recently flew the LAX
flight. Taking off out of LAX
is awesome. You'll leave on 25R and start to rise from the ground near T4
terminal). Usually, the marine layer is present, so by the time you get to the end of the runway, you're already in the clouds at 1800'. However, once you break the clouds, you can see every star in the sky! It's SO beautiful! On my flight, I had seat 56A, so I could see the outboard engine on the left side. It was glowing due to the fact that it was so hot! After that, you keep climbing... and climbing... and climbing... until you level off. Sadly, the last bit of light you see is that of LAX
slowly falling behind you.
My flight was in August, so I'm not sure how the time change will affect your flight, but landing in August meant NO sunlight on arrival into Sydney. About 20 minutes before landing, you can see the faint lights of the Australian coast, and it just gets closer and closer. Looking out the window, you see nothing but black.... then all of the sudden... you see the rush of the blue taxi lights zooming by as you land. An April landing should be able to give you a semi-sunny morning, as it is Fall there now.
Coming home back to LAX
is unique. My flight left at 930am as well. We took off from Sydney on rwy 16 and just like LAX
, kept climbing, and climbing. One tihng I remember very well, was how FAST it took to go dark. You are in the air for an hour or two as you pass over New Caledonia. But, you are also blasting through the time zones, so night comes very fast. I remember very well how it was bright daylight, then soon it was dusk, then it was golden orange, and then black! It stayed nighttime for me until about 100mi out from LAX
. Passing over Catalina Island the sun began to rise, and then you go over Long Beach and you can spot out individual buildings in the light. You do your U-turn as you line up for 25L and then the light begins to shine over the Los Angeles Basin. By the time you land at around 630am, do customs, get your bags and come out, it's bright daylight, and LAX
is hopping back into business!
Enjoy your flight! It's AWESOME!