Showing posts with label Los Angeles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Los Angeles. Show all posts

07 March, 2020

American Express ready to open its largest Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

American Express is poised to open its 12th and largest Centurion Lounge which is located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.   

The massive lounge will open its doors to cardmembers on Monday, March 9th, 2020. and is accessible post-security from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and spans nearly 14,000 square feet. 

“We are transforming LAX into the world-class airport that our guests deserve and adding modern, sought-after amenities that elevate the passenger experience at all points in their journey,” said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “The new Centurion Lounge in Tom Bradley International Terminal is an exceptional addition to our airport and we are pleased to work with American Express to open this best-in-class lounge.”

This new location will be a centre of tranquillity to address travellers’ needs with unique spa services and wellness experiences from Exhale, locally inspired and produced artwork by Ellierex and a bespoke menu from Los Angeles-based, award-winning Chef Nancy Silverton.

06 June, 2019

Los Angeles Airport is plunged into darkness

Los Angeles International Airport 
had a power outage for nearly four hours in three terminals. The outage struck about 6:30 on Wednesday evening and was caused by a power 'bump' at an off-airport Los Angeles substation, which caused a power disruption throughout the airport, according to airport management. It caused 21 flight cancellations and a number of arriving flights diverted to other airports.

Power was restored within an hour to terminals 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Terminals 1, 7 and 8 remained with only emergency power.One terminal had to be evacuated early Thursday morning because of mounting delays

21 March, 2019

Work starts on $4.9 billion Los Angeles International Airport automated people mover..........

Balfour Beatty and its LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture team have started work on the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Automated People Mover project for the airport which is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The LINXS team will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the $4.9 billion project over the next 30 years.

The LINXS team is comprised of Balfour Beatty, Fluor, ACS Infrastructure Development, Bombardier Transportation, Dragados USA, Flatiron and Hochtief PPP Solutions. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was on hand for the groundbreaking, along with LAWA officials and many other distinguished guests.

“We’re proud to kick off construction of this transformative transportation project for the Los Angeles World Airports in partnership with the LINXS joint venture team,” said John Rempe, PE, president and chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty’s civil construction operations in the United States. “The Automated People Mover at LAX will play a key role in reshaping the way travellers from around the world access the country’s busiest origin and destination airport well into the future.”
Once completed, travellers will enjoy a transportation system comprised of six APM stations that operate up to nine trains simultaneously as well as the APM maintenance facility and various parking garages. Pedestrian access will be enhanced by moving walkways to the terminals and parking garages.

(Images LAWA)

18 October, 2018

American Airlines, Los Angeles World Airports Break Ground on $1.6 Billion Reimagining of Terminals 4 and 5

This week a $1.6 billion modernization project started at Los Angeles International Airport, thanks to  Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the USA's leading commercial air transport provider,  American Airlines.

On Wednesday 17th October they officially broke ground on the vast project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5. It is a project that marks American’s largest individual investment at an airport in its 92-year history and reaffirms the airline’s commitment to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino and LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton and CEO Deborah Flint joined American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, Senior Vice President of Los Angeles Suzanne Boda and frontline team members for a ceremony to unveil the project and begin construction in Terminal 5.

“Los Angeles stands at a global crossroads — a place where the world comes to meet, innovate and create,” Garcetti said. “American’s commitment to the reinvention of Terminals 4 and 5 will create good, middle-class jobs and better connect Los Angeles to the world.”

21 August, 2018

Finnair to fly to Los Angeles with new A350 in 2019

Finnair has announced the next step in its continuous growth strategy will see the popular Scandinavian carrier begin a service to Los Angeles, California, from of next spring. 

The airline has said it will fly three weekly frequencies to Los Angeles from its Helsinki home base starting 31st March 2019. The airline will deploy its new Airbus A350 aircraft to the route to ensure a superior service and excellent in-flight comfort level for all passengers. 

The introduction of LA to the Finnair route network will mean the carrier flies to five US destinations, along with New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The approximate flight times are expected to be 11 hours to LAX and 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki.  

Finnair is also making some changes to its summer operation for the San Francisco and Chicago routes. Both routes will begin in April, and a fourth frequency will be added for San Francisco as of May. With these changes, Finnair will now offer a daily flight to California during the summer season with the new three-weekly flight to Los Angeles and the new fourth weekly service to San Francisco. 

“We are very happy to expand our North American network and fly a new route to Los Angeles with our Airbus A350,” says Juha Jรคrvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We opened our route to San Francisco two years ago with tremendous success, proving that California and the West Coast are very popular with our customers. We are confident that this new route to Los Angeles will garner the same level of interest moving forward.”   

11 April, 2018

Los Angeles - Josh and Jay in LA

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the city called Los Angeles?  Is it perhaps those giant white letters spelling out 'Hollywood' jumping in front of your mind's eye?  If you're a sports fan, then maybe the mere mention of LA directs your mind towards the Lakers or The Rams. The home of Universal? Where the 'Oscars' come from? 

Yes sure, it is the move making capital of the world and maybe all the stars that never were are parking cars and pumping gas, or more likely waiting tables!  And, as Josh and Jay found out, there is a whole lot more to LA than making movies.

Los Angeles is a wonderfully vibrant city with so much on offer to while away the hours, days, weeks and even months. Of course, it has some interesting theatres, both mainstream and fringe, it also boasts a whole host of other cultural highlights, including the vast art collections at the J. Paul Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Oh and don't forget the rather funky looking Broad (It kinda looks like a giant white cheesegrater) which has a world-class collection of contemporary works of art.  The Hammer Museum isn't a house of horror, its a house of brilliant brush strokes with works by Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Sargent. They also host lectures, symposia, readings and musical performances. The Natural History Musem of Los Angeles is also worth popping along to, especially if you got little ones to keep occupied. 

Now as you would expect for this movie town, they have a museum dedicated to the business they call show. It is located on North Highland Avenue and guess what it is called? Rather unsurprisingly Hollywood Museum and you'll find such a vast collection of movie memorabilia that the inner movie buff in you will be sated for life. Josh felt spooked by the dungeon of doom while I just fancied a nice drop of Chianti with a nibble of liver with some fava beans! 

Another fun place to be, at least Josh thinks so, is Universal's CityWalk at Universal City which has live music, movies, IMAX and 19 screen movie house, some 30 shops and 30 places to fill your tummy. It can get rather busy, so if the peace and quiet is your thing, then you'll probably want to avoid coming here on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! However, of you're young or young at heart then this place gets swinging in the evening.

19 March, 2018

Nine things to see or do in Los Angeles......

More than just the global home of the movies, Los Angeles has so much to offer the visitor, from great fine dining restaurants, world-class museums, hip and happening clubs, bars and nightlife venues to great attractions, sports hotspots and interesting attractions.  Some come with us and explore some of the fun things to do in LA.

OUE Skyspace LA
Take time to view the surroundings....OUE Skyspace LA is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and really is one of the best 'must-see' destinations for visitors to the city. Panoramic 360-degree views of Los Angeles at almost 1,000 feet above the city, you'll find this attraction at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown L.A.

The highlight of OUE Skyspace LA is Skyslide, we're told this is the first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide that’s attached to the exterior of the U.S. Bank Tower.  The Skyslide is about 45 feet long and about 4 feet wide and made entirely of glass. You can slide or glide between the 70th and the 69th floor of the tower and see Los Angeles in a way that few will ever experience.  There are also two observation decks and 360-degree views of Los Angeles.  This really is a great way to experience the city and is something for everyone, although the Skyslide might give the old ticker a flutter!


Historic Downtown Walking Tour
If you're here on a Saturday, then one of the absolute best experiences for visitors and locals alike is the weekly Historic Downtown Walking Tours run by Los Angles Conservancy.  It is $15 and takes around two and a half hours and gives you a slower way to explore some of LA’s most loved landmarks, including the amazing Bradbury Building, Central Library, the U.S. Bank Tower where SkySpace is located.  

Discovering downtowns unique character has never been easier, visit Pershing Square, the heart of downtown and learn more about the founding of LA, its growth, its architecture and its life.