SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

November 26, 2007 09:00 ET

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

Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Is Deadline to Register for Media Credentials

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 26, 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., with 112 tickets to be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Initially, each media outlet will be limited to one tour ticket, with the exception of television and print media, which will be limited to two tickets (reporter and photographer/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 the aircraft to greet passengers invited by Qantas and Airbus to participate on a demonstration flight over Southern California. The demonstration flight will have approximately 150 guests plus a 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 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 media "walk-ins" will be permitted.

All media representatives must bring government-issued photo identification 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 a security check prior to entering the center. For media credentials, 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) until those mornings, LAX Public Relations will accept several names, 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 POOLS:

Media are invited to cover all events listed below. A media pool that will take part on the Thursday morning demonstration flight has been arranged 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 at (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 - La Opinion reporter Ruben Moreno at
    (562) 413-3632
--  Spanish-language TV footage - Univision at (310) 348-3496
--  LAWA videography (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, Australia Ten Network and Australia Nine 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 10:30 a.m.

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.

11:00 a.m.    ALL other pre-registered media encouraged to depart Gate 355B
              parking lot NO LATER THAN 11:00 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.-
5:00 p.m.     Static interior visits (NOTE:  Airbus has limited access to 4
              groups of 7 people boarding every 15 minutes)

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 on board aircraft to meet
              passengers going on demonstration flight

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