World’s largest jet at LAX today

first_imgThe Airbus A380 is scheduled to make its second visit to Los Angeles International Airport today for a round of ground tests and a demonstration flight during its three-day stay. The A380 is scheduled to land at LAX’s newly renovated south airfield at 11:45 a.m., according to airport officials. Aviation aficionados who want to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest aircraft coming in for a landing can get their best views at: Encounter Restaurant, inside the Theme Building at 209 World Way. Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLAX Economy Lot B, at the intersection of 111th Street and La Cienega Boulevard. That’s about as close as the public will be able to get to the gigantic aircraft. Viewers were advised to avoid parking along Imperial Highway and Westchester Parkway, or run the risk of being ticketed, according to airport officials. No public viewings are planned for the behemoth airplane, but a two-hour demonstration flight is scheduled to depart from LAX at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, carrying about 150 local business leaders, schoolchildren and reporters. Politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also were invited for the demo flight, but the state Constitution prohibits transportation companies from granting free passes to anyone holding office in California. No passengers will be aboard the A380 when it comes to Los Angeles this morning, but its double-decker cabin is expected to be equipped with seats in first, business and coach classes. A hollowed-out cargo model of the plane landed at LAX on March 19. The Airbus A380 made its first commercial flight with 455 passengers last month from Singapore to Sydney – nearly two years later than the company’s executives had initially planned. So far, Airbus has orders for 165 A380s, which cost about $300 million each. Representatives of the Toulouse, France-based company are bringing the A380 to Los Angeles today as part of an around-the-world tour to demonstrate the plane’s capabilities. It made a two-day stop in Minneapolis earlier this week and heads to Sydney on Friday. Australia-based Qantas Airlines will be the first to offer A380 service out of LAX in October 2008. To better prepare for the arrival of the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a $1.2 billion plan in August to build the Midfield Concourse adjacent to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Plans call for building up to 10 new gates large enough to handle the super-jumbo jets by 2012. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more