SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

November 21, 2007 01:36 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR PLANNING PURPOSES -- Airbus Super Jumbo A380 to Revisit Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007; Demonstration Flight Scheduled Thursday, Nov. 29; Departure Scheduled Friday, Nov. 30

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 21, 2007) - The Airbus A380 -- the world's largest airliner -- is scheduled to revisit the U.S. West Coast when it lands at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. The visit is being conducted by Airbus, Qantas Airways and Los Angeles World Airports to test airport function and compatibility in anticipation of Qantas' A380 passenger service at LAX, which is scheduled to begin Fall 2008.

After landing on Runway 25 Left on the south side of LAX, the aircraft will taxi to the Flight Path Learning Center in the LAX Imperial Terminal at 6661 West Imperial Highway. NO ceremony is scheduled for the arrival. This is a media opportunity only.

Media are invited to tour the interior of the fully configured 500-seat Airbus aircraft between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Airbus has limited media access to 112 tickets to be distributed on a first come-first served basis during this hour. Initially, each media outlet will be limited to one tour ticket, with the exception of television media, which will be limited to two tickets (reporter and cameraperson). This is to ensure that each media outlet interested in touring the interior has an opportunity to have a representative do so.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will conduct an early-morning media availability on the tarmac and then go onboard to greet passengers invited by Qantas and Airbus to participate in a demonstration flight over Southern California. The demonstration flight will have approximately 150 guests plus media pool onboard. The flight will depart at 7:30 a.m. and return at 9:30 a.m.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the aircraft will depart as Flight No. MSN 007 on Runway 25 Left to Sydney, Australia, piloted by a joint Airbus-Qantas flight crew.

EVENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS:

For security purposes, ALL media must pre-register with LAX Public Relations by 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, Nov. 26, if planning to attend any or all of the media opportunities. ALL media opportunities will occur on airport property and are not open to the public. No "walk-ins" will be permitted.

All media representatives must bring government-issued photo I.D. to the media check-in desk at the Flight Path Learning Center for credentials that will be valid for Nov. 28, 29 and 30. All media will be subject to security screening prior to entering the center. For pre-registration, contact LAX Public Relations at (310) 646-5260 or e-mail Diane Baker at dbaker2@lawa.org.

ALL contracted satellite and microwave companies, as well as freelance photographers and videographers working on assignment for media, must fax verification on media's letterhead signed by that editor to LAX Public Relations at (310) 646-1894.

FOR ALL RESPONDENTS, PLEASE PROVIDE NAME, ORGANIZATION, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL SO THAT WE MAY SEND YOU CONFIRMATION AND PARKING INSTRUCTIONS. FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, PLEASE INDICATE WHICH EVENT(S) YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

Because the TV news stations will not know what news crew they will send out to cover the event(s), LAX Public Relations will accept several names from each TV station, but each TV station will be limited to only two tickets for the interior aircraft tours scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m..

MEDIA POOL:

Media are invited to cover all events listed below. A media pool that will be on the Thursday morning demonstration flight is still in development with the following organizations confirmed to participate in the media pool. These organizations have agreed to share their onboard coverage AFTER they land:

--  Photos -- Associated Press at (213) 346-3140
--  Photos -- Qantas photographer at Qantas PR (310) 641-2525
--  TV footage -- KABC-TV at ((818) 863-7500
--  Print reporter -- Daily Breeze reporter Art Marroquin at (310) 543-
    6674
--  Radio reporter -- KFWB Travel Editor John Clayton at (310) 541-2180
--  Spanish-language print reporter -- (TBD)
--  Spanish-language TV footage -- (TBD)
--  LAWA videographer (City News Service -TV) at LAX PR (310) 646-5260
    

There will be other media onboard working on an exclusive basis, including the L.A. Times, Los Angeles Business Journal and Australia Ten Network. These media outlets are under no obligation to share their coverage.

MEDIA PARKING:

Pre-registered TV and radio media with broadcast-equipped vehicles ONLY may park at Flight Path Learning Center. ALL other pre-registered media will be issued an event confirmation/parking pass that will allow them to park 4/10 mile west of the Flight Path Learning Center at Gate 355B parking lot. The confirmation/parking pass MUST be shown to traffic officers before entering the parking lot and to the driver before boarding shuttle buses from the parking lot to the Flight Path Learning Center. Event shuttle buses will depart Gate 355B and Flight Path Learning Center at 15-minute intervals. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, shuttle buses begin at 10 a.m. and end at 6:15 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 29, shuttle buses begin at 5 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. On Friday, Nov. 30, all media may park on-site at the Flight Path Museum.

MEDIA SCHEDULE:

DAY 1 - Wednesday, November 28, 2007 (Aircraft landing and interior tours)

9:30 a.m.    ALL pre-registered broadcast-equipped TV and radio media
             vehicles may begin set up in parking lot of Flight Path
             Learning Center at 6661 West Imperial Highway.

10:00 a.m.   Shuttle buses begin departing Gate 355B parking lot to Flight
             Path Learning Center. You MUST show event confirmation/parking
             pass to board bus.

10:00 a.m.   Media registration opens at Flight Path Learning Center

10:30 a.m.   Deadline for ALL pre-registered broadcast-equipped TV and
             radio media vehicles to be positioned in Flight Path Learning
             Center parking lot at 6661 West Imperial Highway by 10:30 a.m.
             for security screening.

10:30 a.m.   Representatives from Airbus, Qantas and LAX available for
             on-camera interviews at Flight Path Learning Center. Please
             call Airbus, Qantas or LAX public relations (contact info
             below) to pre-arrange interview.

11:30 a.m.   ALL other pre-registered media encouraged to depart Gate 355B
             parking lot NO LATER THAN 11:30 a.m. to arrive in time for
             check-in before aircraft lands.

11:45 a.m.   MSN 007 arrives from Minneapolis, MN and lands on Runway 25
             Left, taxis to Flight Path at LAX Imperial Terminal

12:00 noon   Post-flight checks

2:00 p.m.-   Static interior visits for media (NOTE: Airbus has limited the
 3:00 p.m.   number of media to 4 groups of 7 people boarding every 15
             minutes with a maximum of 112 media for the hour.)

5:00 p.m.    A380 secured for overnight

6:00 p.m.    Flight Path Learning Center closes

6:15 p.m.    Last shuttle bus departs from Flight Path to Gate 355B
             parking lot

Day 2 - Thursday, November 29, 2007 (Media availability with Mayor Villaraigosa and aviation officials, followed by demonstration flight)

4:30 a.m.    ALL pre-registered broadcast-equipped TV and radio media
             vehicles may begin set up in parking lot of Flight Path
             Learning Center at 6661 West Imperial Highway.

5:00 a.m.    Shuttle buses begin departing Gate 355B parking lot to Flight
             Path Learning Center. You MUST show event confirmation/parking
             pass to board bus.

5:30 a.m.    Deadline for ALL pre-registered broadcast-equipped TV and
             radio media vehicles to be positioned in Flight Path Learning
             Center parking lot at 6661 West Imperial Highway by 5:30 a.m.
             for security screening.

5:30 a.m.    Media pool representatives begin check-in for demo flight

6:30 a.m.    Media availability -- Mayor Villaraigosa, Qantas VP Wally
             Mariani, Airbus North America Chairman Alan McArtor and LAWA
             Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey

6:30 a.m.    Media pool representatives end check-in for demo flight

6:45 a.m.    Mayor and other officials board aircraft to meet passengers
             going on demonstration flight

7:15 a.m.    Mayor and others not taking flight MUST deplane

7:30 a.m.    A380 departs LAX

9:30 a.m.    Demo flight returns to LAX

9:45 a.m.    Post-flight interviews with passengers

10:30 a.m.   Last shuttle bus departs Flight Path to Gate 355B parking lot

11:00 a.m.   ALL broadcast-equipped media vehicles parked at Flight Path
             parking lot MUST exit lot. The lot is reserved after 11 a.m.
             for L.A. Clippers departing at 2:00 p.m.

Day 3 - Friday, November 30, 2007 (Departure)

5:00 a.m.    ALL pre-registered media begin arriving at Flight Path
             Learning Center for set up at on-site parking. No shuttle bus
             transportation. First-come/first-serve on parking slots.

7:15 a.m.    Media pool departs Flight Path Learning Center ramp area for
             south airfield location near runway

7:45 a.m.    A380 taxis to Runway 25L

8:00 a.m.    A380 MSN 007 departs for Sydney

8:15 a.m.    Media pool returns to Flight Path Learning Center ramp area.

Contact Information

  • CONTACTS:

    LAX:
    Nancy Castles, Tom Winfrey or Katherine Alvarado
    (310) 646-5260
    LAX 24-hour PR duty officer pager
    (310) 523-8994

    Qantas:
    Agnes Huff
    (310) 641-2525

    Airbus:
    Mary Anne Greczyn
    (703) 834-3458