The day has finally arrived. It’s Dorkfest! Now get on over to LAX, stat.
As we do every September, we’ll gather at the park across the street from the In-N-Out just off the end of the north runways at LAX and watch airplanes land.
The weather looks great. By the time things get started at 11am, any marine layer that may have rolled in overnight will be gone. Temps should be in the 70s and we’ll get to see airplanes landing in all their glory. I’ll be there until 1pm officially, but in reality I bet I’ll be there later than that.
For those who have done this before, I’m excited to see you all again. For those who haven’t, I tried to think of the best way to explain just how much fun it is to be so close to such heavy metal. I can’t. You’ll just have to come see it. But let me try to entice you with a list of flight schedules.
I haven’t checked flight status today, but these are the more interesting airplanes that are scheduled to come between 11am and 2pm. Keep in mind these are gate times, so in theory they should arrive a few minutes earlier. But don’t worry, we’ll all be monitoring FlightRadar24 I have no doubt. (I also put a few outliers on there as well since it might be worth coming a little early or staying a bit later to see them.)
Saudia 777 (from Jeddah) 10:45am
China Southern 777 (from Guangzhou) 11:00am
China Eastern A330 (from Nanjing) 11:00am
Cathay Pacific 777 (from Hong Kong) 11:10am
Air Tahiti Nui A340 (from Papeete) 11:10am
Japan Airlines 777 (from Tokyo) 11:40am
KLM 747 (from Amsterdam) 11:45am
Air China 777 (from Beijing) 12:00pm
Japan Airlines 787 (from Osaka) 12:15pm
SAS A330 (from Stockholm) 12:15pm
Air New Zealand 777 (from Auckland) 12:35pm
Lufthansa A380 (from Frankfurt) 12:55pm
British Airways A380 (from London) 12:55pm
Air France A380 (from Paris) 1:00pm
Virgin Atlantic 787 (from London) 1:15pm
Singapore A380 (from Tokyo) 1:25pm
Fiji A330 (from Nadi) 1:25pm
Emirates A380 (from Dubai) 1:55pm
Qatar 777 (from Doha) 2:05pm
China Airlines 777 (from Taipei) 2:10pm
Alitalia 777 (from Rome) 2:15pm
Thomas Cook A330 (from Manchester) 2:45pm
There aren’t a whole lot of airports in the world where you can see this diversity of airlines landing in a couple hour span. And there’s only one airport where you can sit right underneath these airplanes holding a Double Double in your hands.
I hope to see you there. If not, there’s always next year…