STATE-OF-THE-ART Aircraft Gates at LAX
Los Angeles World Airports and Singapore Airlines executives unveiled the north concourse and three gates of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The gates are the first of 18 to be built at New TBIT.
Nine of the 18 gates — including two of the three unveiled — can accommodate the larger, new-generation aircraft, such as the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Airbus A-380 super jumbo jets. All 18 gates will use state-of-the-art, laser-based, visual guidance docking systems. Computerized passenger boarding bridges automate the operations between the terminal and aircraft doors. LAWA is installing three passenger boarding bridges at all of the new A-380-compatible gates, which will greatly improve the amount of time to load and unload an aircraft.
At the boarding gates, electrical outlets and USB ports for charging personal electronic equipment, such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops, are installed at each bank of seats. Free Wi-Fi service -— already accessible throughout LAX terminals — also is available.
“We’re investing in LAX because it isn’t just a travel hub, it’s the gateway to the Pacific Rim and a central driver of our regional economy,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “With these modernizations at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal, LAX will showcase our City’s innovative spirit and ensure we remain competitive in the global market for years to come.”
“The overall goal of the LAX Modernization Program is to dramatically improve the passenger experience with a building designed to capture the spirit of Los Angeles, while establishing new levels of passenger convenience and comfort,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the City department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports. “We are creating an airport that is safer and more secure, more energy-efficient, and customer-friendly with the types of services and amenities passengers demand today.”
Demonstrating how the new gates operate, Singapore Airlines’ daily flight SQ 12 from Singapore (on A-380 aircraft) arrived and docked at Gate 134, the northern-most gate of the new terminal.
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President-Americas C.W. Foo said, “Singapore Airlines salutes LAWA’s commitment to developing this world-class facility for travelers, and for using innovative technology to further enhance the safety and efficiency of this important point in our global network. This state-of-the art terminal is an ideal fit for SIA’s long-held philosophy of providing our customers with the industry’s best service, amenities and facilities. We salute our partners at LAWA for their innovative, forward-looking use of efficiency-enhancing technology to benefit international travelers.”