Qantas' LAX-Brisbane flight moves to Tom Bradley International

By Chris Chamberlin, March 13 2014

Qantas will move its Los Angeles-Brisbane service to the newly-renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) from May 1 to bring all LAX departures under the one roof.

"Qantas is streamlining the customer experience and consolidating all departures to Tom Bradley International Terminal" a Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller.

The change lets Brisbane-bound travellers enjoy the airline’s new Los Angeles Business Lounge, along with the first class lounge due to open later in the year.

Although the Brisbane-Los Angeles QF15 flight unloads at TBIT, the QF16 return leg currently departs from Terminal 4.

This sees Brisbane-bound passengers with lounge access consigned to the decidedly average American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 4 – a serious gripe of many frequent flyers from the Sunshine State.

Qantas journeys from New York to Brisbane will also become much more relaxing as the terminal transfer bus becomes a thing of the past.

Passengers arriving into LAX on QF108 from New York will be able to step straight off the flight and maximise their lounge time in TBIT before continuing to Brisbane, just as their Sydney and Melbourne counterparts already do.

The Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge

Located on level 5 of TBIT with room for almost 600 passengers, the new Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge will be more than twice the size of the current lounge.

The standout feature will be a circular internal fireplace around which travellers can relax and socialise.

The menu will be inspired by a mix of local West Coast US and Asian flavours, with a view from the dining area into the kitchen. 

Contemporary style and warm design are hallmarks of Qantas' new business class lounge at LAX
Contemporary style and warm design are hallmarks of Qantas' new business class lounge at LAX

There'll also be a wine bar offering signature cocktails and bar snacks plus seating surrounding a central glass atrium.

An interesting seating area in Qantas' new business class lounge at LAX
An interesting seating area in Qantas' new business class lounge at LAX

The Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge is due to open in April this year, following a late March ribbon-cutting for the Qantas Hong Kong Business Lounge.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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Chris while i was told of this a month ago by a Qantas duty manager at LAX and advised ABT at the time.Great to no you have offical corperate advice of this.Now all they need to do is streamline there operation and replace the 744 with an A380 on this sector.And may be DFW flights as well.Pull an A380 out of HKG and put it on a longer sector which most allways full and a faster growing market for QF.

07 Oct 2012

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Whilst it would be great to see some more A380's in LAX, they would need buy several more to do this (which I think they should do as they could retire more 747's, but won't do). As an alternative, they could get a couple of their 787's do daily BNE-LAX, BNE-DFW routes. We will of course see neither of the above.

I don't agree with removing A380 from HKG. The HKG leg is useful as its shorter than all other QF 380 routes, has a shorter turn-around and allows the plane to be closer to Manila (where it gets maintained). If it goes daily it also allows another 747 to be retired.

07 Oct 2012

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And when I say couple of 787's, they probably need 4.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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Hutch,

While agree with some points i can tell you for a fact most A380,s get to Manila with a Capt and 2 FO,s and a couple of cabin crew an no Pax,this is done regularly as well as the all be it HKG/MNL tranfer you refer to.These flights are done on a 4 digit flight number starting with 6 and these same maintenance /repositioning flights occur most daily to BNE A330/766 and Avalon 744.To suggest you schedual an A380 service on a major commercial flight is not correct sir.Its all about cheap MNL maintenance.

07 Oct 2012

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I absolutely agree the primary focus on Manila maintenance is cost. But I would suggest that the positioning to MNL occurs via HKG on at least one leg, at least half of the time. There is certainly at lot of positioning around Australia and there will soon be positioning to somewhere in Asia for the B747 fleet once Avalon is closed.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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What about SIN?

Chris,

Are we on track for an April opening of the TBIT lounge?

Do they envisage pre or post Easter?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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TRB,

I was told by the same duty manager 2 daysago that it is now done,but he could not say if it would open any earlier.I will be in LA tomorrow and will ask and may be Chris can get some QF corperate clarification. 

Cheers Robert! You're a star!

I'll be passing through over the Easter weekend!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Anyone know why QF16 departs from T4? Or for that matter why it is the odd one out in a terminal that is otherwise exclusively AA's?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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Simply logistics you may recall QF25/26 to Auckland also used T4 until such time as it was eliminated.Its all about gate availability.Good to see QF streamlining OPS in LA,1 terminal,1 more decent new lounge,1 check in counter.

Now all they need to do is replace the QF16 744 with an A380 and turn all LA flights arround with some tweeking.And get A330 back on that AKL/LAX run and then on to JFK.The A330 is better suited on this sector and would make more money for QF than the soft runs they are currently on to Asia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jan 2013

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If Qantas scrapped the A380 to HKG then I would fly with cathay pacific. Have you been ont he 4 class config 744? It is ancient and not up to scratch. just my 2 cents worth. 


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