Air Belgium to stop Charleroi – Hong Kong route and focus on ACMI flights

  Belgian newspaper L’Avenir has learned that Air Belgium, whose only current route connects Brussels South Charleroi to Hong Kong, intends to stop this scheduled connection and to focus on ACMI flights, such as those it is operating now between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi for British Airways. Air Belgium started flying from its base in […]

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PICTURES: Shanghai Airlines takes first 787

  1. PICTURES: Shanghai Airlines takes first 787  Flightglobal
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Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo

  1. Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo  Channel NewsAsia
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Passenger rights advocate launches complaint against low-cost airline Swoop

  1. Passenger rights advocate launches complaint against new low-cost airline  Financial Post
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American Airlines raises baggage fees by $5

  1. American Airlines raises baggage fees by $5  CNBC
  2. Airlines Are Raising the Cost of Checked Bags  New York Times
  3. American Airlines Just Raised Its Baggage Fee and Offered an Incredible, Maddening Explanation  Inc.com
  4. Delta to charge $30 for first checked bag, matching United and JetBlue  USA TODAY
  5. Airline fight push to regulate ticket-change fees  Toronto Star
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airBaltic is the official carrier of Pope Francis visit to the Baltics

  The Latvian airline airBaltic will have the honour of hosting Pope Francis and his official delegation on their trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia next week. For the first time in history, airBaltic Airbus A220-300 aircraft will carry the papal delegation between the three Baltic capitals and back to Rome, Italy. Martin Gauss, CEO […]

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[PICS] Visit of Embraer E190-E2 to Brussels Airport

As announced yesterday by Aviation24.be, the Embraer E190-E2 test aircraft #4 registered ZR-HGQ made a visit to Brussels during its European presentation tour. The aircraft landed earlier than the initially announced scheduled time of arrival, to the dismay of several spotters. It has been parked in front of the TUI hangar, but was also inside the hangar. […]

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Air France launches Airbus A380 flights to Atlanta, replacing Boeing 777

Starting March 31, 2019, Air France will operate a daily flight to Atlanta (United States) by Airbus A380 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-200ER on one of the two non-stop services available every day, increasing capacity by 236 seats per flight. On board the A380, customers will benefit […]

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Emirates, Etihad airlines deny report they may merge

  1. Emirates, Etihad airlines deny report they may merge  Economic Times
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Man arrested after jumping fence and boarding American Airlines plane at Florida airport

  1. Man arrested after jumping fence and boarding American Airlines plane at Florida airport  Dallas News (blog)
  2. Student pilot hops fence, sneaks onto American Airlines jet  New York Post
  3. Student pilot in custody after he allegedly hopped a fence and boarded a plane at Orlando-Melbourne airport  CNN
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LAX’s H Hotel is a spotter’s paradise

This was our view from our table while eating lunch at the In-N-Out Burger. Alitalia on short final.

This was our view from our table while eating lunch at the In-N-Out Burger. Alitalia on short final.

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX), is renowned as a planespotter’s happy place. It boasts a seemingly endless stream of aircraft, many from airlines not often seen elsewhere in the U.S., along with several very good public viewpoints from which to watch them all parade past.

Occasional fare sales allow a weekend trip down the West Coast to be an accessible avgeek treat, so Francis Zera (AirlineReporter’s associate editor) and I grabbed a couple cheap seats and headed south.

There are several hotels very close to LAX. The runways are aligned east-west, with standard traffic flows arriving from the east; there are two parallel runways, separated by the airport’s terminal buildings. Off-site, there is a cluster of hotels to the east of the terminals, and this is where the H Hotel is situated. It seems purpose-built for planespotters, with an amazing roof deck that allows great views of arrivals on both of the airport’s runways.

The rooms are really comfortable and well-appointed. Our room looked out over the iconic LAX sign and the control tower. We took this before messing it up with all of our photo gear.

The rooms are really comfortable and well-appointed. Our room looked out over the iconic LAX sign and the control tower. We took this before messing it up with all of our photo gear.

The hotel’s official name is a mouthful: H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton. With no wait at the front desk, we were greeted with a smile, quickly checked in, and sent on our way to our room up on the 12th floor. The first impression of our room was that it was spacious with a very tall ceiling and spectacular views of the airport. Just like the room, the bathroom was also comfortable and had a nice-sized shower. The supplied shower amenities were also pretty nice — we wound up smelling lots better than usual.

Getting back to photography, which is why we traveled to LAX in the first place, the hotel has a most excellent rooftop terrace on the 12th floor that provides great views to the north, west and east, with a peek-a-boo view to the south. The terrace is surrounded by five-foot glass barriers, and it has plenty of seating and tables. IMHO, it’s worth the price of the room just for the ability to spend time up there.

The views from the hotel's roof deck are nothing short of amazing.

There were two queen size beds in the room, and they were extremely comfortable. We slept very well during our stay. Of course the comfortable beds helped, but we were also very tired from an early morning flight and from a full day of spotting around LAX.

An SAS A330 departing from LAX with the iconic Theme Building and control tower, as seen from the Imperial Hill viewpoint.

Also noteworthy was the lighting in the room; there were individual reading lights on each side of both beds and a nice accent light along the top of the headboard. We also made good use of the many outlets throughout the room, including two outlets that each provided a pair of USB charging ports.

The outlets sure came in handy at the end of the day when it was time to charge our camera batteries, phones, and laptops.

Even when it's foggy, LAX is a fine place to watch airplanes.

Even when it’s foggy, LAX is a fine place to watch airplanes

Per usual in nice hotels, the room had a giant flat-screen TV, which we did not use during our stay, but we did make use of the Nespresso coffee machine the following morning. Not being familiar with the various colored, yet unlabeled, Nespresso capsules, we did not know what color meant coffee, so our luck had that on our first try we made tea. Overall no big deal, but there were only two cups in the whole room, so that left us with only one cup. Sure would have been nice to have a couple of extra cups in the room, and perhaps for those Nespresso capsules to be labeled so for those of us who are not proficient in the apparently secret language of Nespresso machines. We did survive the ordeal, though, and there’s a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shop down in the lobby as a backup.

The hotel's exterior.

The hotel’s exterior

Ours was room 1229, on the 12th floor, which is the hotel’s highest level, and sported a fantastic view of the airport and its runways. The view was equally impressive at night, with nice views of the taxiway and runway lights. It was too bad that the windows on the outside were extremely dirty — as photographers this was something we noticed right away.

It was quite foggy the night of our stay, but that somehow didn't really matter. This is the view from room 1229.

It was quite foggy the night of our stay, but that somehow didn’t really matter. This is the view from room 1229.

There is a restaurant in the lobby, which we did not visit, but we did patronize the coffee shop. There is a free airport shuttle for guests that runs every 20 minutes or so, 24/7. Parking is available, too – self-parking for one night costs $35.20.

We saw plenty of special liveries during our visit — this is Qantas' OneWorld livery on a B744.

We saw plenty of special liveries during our visit — this is Qantas’ oneworld livery on a B744

All in all, we were very impressed with our stay. For spotters, the access to the rooftop terrace is reason enough to choose the hotel, and, if you choose to use the shuttle and not to rent a car, it’s only a 10-15 minute walk to the park by the In-N-Out, which is a pleasant spot to pass a couple hours or even a whole day.

Editor’s note: The H Hotel provided one complimentary night’s stay at their LAX property for the purposes of this review. Our opinions remain our own.

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United to Begin Flying Boeing 787-10s to Europe from Newark

United announced that it will begin flying Boeing 787s from its Newark base next year. The airline previously used this model from its bases in Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington Dulles to several

China’s Big Three Airlines Are On A Fast Track To Overtake US Big Three Within A Few Years

  1. China's Big Three Airlines Are On A Fast Track To Overtake US Big Three Within A Few Years  Forbes
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KLM cancels 100 flights on 21 September due to limited runway capacity at Schiphol because of storm

Due to the expected extreme wind at Schiphol tomorrow, Friday 21 September 2018, there will be very limited runway capacity at Schiphol. That is why KLM had to decide to cancel 100 European return flights. The passengers concerned will be informed and rebooked. KLM advises passengers to keep a close eye on KLM.com for the […]

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Drone activity near Lisbon Airport disrupts air traffic

In the evening of 19 September, a drone disturbed air traffic around Lisbon Airport. At least one flight, a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A319 (CS-TTG) was forced to make a go-around. The aircraft approached the runway but aborted its landing at around 900 feet, the aircraft safely landed twenty minutes later. Kevin Raub, one of […]

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Passengers experience nose, ear bleeding on Jet Airways flight

  1. Passengers experience nose, ear bleeding on Jet Airways flight  Times of India
  2. Income Tax lens on Jet Airways accounts amid allegations of irregularities  Economic Times
  3. Jet Airways flight turns back after crew's cabin pressure error  Financial Times
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Oneworld Appoints QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce as Chairman

LONDON – The board at global airline alliance company Oneworld has appointed Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to be its chairman for the next two years. He will replace Finnair’s CEO

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This will be the new longest nonstop flight in America

  1. This will be the new longest nonstop flight in America  CNBC
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United Airlines Launches A New Boarding Process That Cuts Down On Congestion

  1. United Airlines Launches A New Boarding Process That Cuts Down On Congestion  Forbes
  2. After 12000 test runs, United takes on gate overcrowding with new boarding process  CNBC
  3. United Airlines debuts 'Better Boarding' program to benefit active-duty military  Military Times
  4. Introducing Better Boarding at United Airlines - United Hub - United Airlines  United Hub - United Airlines
  5. Would you bid 420000 miles to see a parked plane? These frequent-fliers did  USA TODAY
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Can you spot the difference? Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific tickled by bad spelling

  1. Can you spot the difference? Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific tickled by bad spelling  The Straits Times
  2. Cathay Pacific aeroplane gets new paint job, complete with massive spelling mistake  South China Morning Post
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