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Matthew Kane

It is about time...Tom Bradley Terminal (KLAX) Unveiled

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I can't think of anyone who likes KLAX but this is at least a start in the right direction. People from Australia/New Zealand/Asia have been avoiding KLAX like the plague for well over 10 years when travelling to North America or Europe, this was once a big revenue generator for KLAX and this business has now gone to other regions and airlines. Not sure if they will draw people back but it is at least a start:

The terminal is part of a US$4.1 billion upgrade at the nation's third-busiest airport that seeks to elevate the reputation of the facility from a place some travellers try to avoid to one they don't want to leave.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/8838071/Renovated-terminal-to-be-unveiled-at-LA-airport

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Thanks for the link Matt. ANZ will be using the new terminal next year, according to ANZ news

 

"Air New Zealand passengers can look forward to a better ground experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including a much improved transit process.

After a successful trial, U.S. Customs has approved a new transit system for Air New Zealand passengers arriving from Auckland or from London. On completion of US visa requirements, transiting passengers now receive a token which allows them access to the general terminal area, including Air New Zealand’s Los Angeles International Lounge for those who are eligible, without the need to clear security.

Air New Zealand’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Sales Officer Norm Thompson, says the new transit process makes a significant difference to the overall passenger experience for those travelling to London via Los Angeles.

“This is great news for our customers. They now have the freedom to move around during their transit instead of being confined to the transit lounge while waiting for their onward flight,†says Mr Thompson.

The airline is continuing to work with airport authorities in Los Angeles to further improve the current facilitation process.

Air New Zealand customers can look forward to further enhancements to their travel experience when the airline relocates from Terminal 2 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX mid next year. The terminal is in the midst of a US$1.7 billion make-over which will culminate in an impressive 180,000 square feet food and retail experience as well as faster boarding and disembarking systems.

Eligible passengers will also be able to relax in a brand new Star Alliance Lounge at the Tom Bradley terminal which Air New Zealand is proud to have been selected to both design and manage. The stunning new lounge is three times larger than the current Los Angeles Koru Lounge and will feature a unique open air terrace overlooking the run way.

“We are immensely proud of the lounge project and look forward to it opening later this year for Star Alliance members, with Air New Zealand customers able to enjoy it once the terminal move is complete,†says Mr Thompson.

In addition to these ground experience changes, Air New Zealand will move to 16 return services per week on the popular Auckland - Los Angeles route during the peak Northern winter period of mid December to the end of January, including three flights on Thursdays and Sundays and double daily services every other day of the week - signalling an 8.7 per cent increase in capacity.

The airline is also making improvements to its Auckland - San Francisco services. Two new Boeing 777-300 aircraft will join the fleet in July and October 2014 and are planned to replace the two Boeing 747-400 aircraft currently operating the daily route. The new aircraft will provide improved fuel efficiency and levels of passenger comfort with Air New Zealand’s award-winning in-flight products such as the Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy Spaceseat.

Also from mid-2014, the airline will begin the refurbishment of its Boeing 777-200 fleet. The project is worth more than $100 million and will see a total of eight aircraft upgraded over a 12 month period and our international in-flight product aligned across the three long-haul fleet types."

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