An A-380 jumbo jet pulled into one of Los Angeles International Airport's newest, state-of-the-art gates today as airport and airline officials on Thursday unveiled the north concourse and three of its newest gates at the soon-to-be expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Singapore Airlines executives were on hand as the jumbo jet arrived at Gate 134 with the help of a new laser-guided docking system that automatically directs the airplane into position.
Two of the gates unveiled Thursday are capable of receiving Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Airbus A-380 super jumbo jets. A total of nine of the 18 gates planned for the newly expanded international wing of LAX will accommodate these types of jets.
The modernized gates also feature three automated boarding bridges that will cut down on the time it takes passengers to get on and off of airplanes, and are outfitted with wireless Internet connection, as well as electrical and USB outlets that will allow passengers to charge electronic devices such as cellphones and laptops.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who joined airport officials Thursday said LAX will soon be able to show the world Los Angeles at its best.
"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," he 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.''