In a press release Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) unveiled the opening of three boarding gates at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, two of which are designed to handle the largest commercial jetliners.
The gates are the first of 18 to be built at the new facility. Nine of the 18 gates can accommodate larger aircraft, such as the 747-8 and A380 jets.
All 18 gates will use state-of-the-art, laser-based, visual guidance docking systems.
Computerised passenger boarding bridges automate the operations between the terminal and aircraft doors.
At the boarding gates, electrical outlets and USB ports for charging personal electronic equipment, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, are installed at each bank of seats. A free Wi-Fi service – already accessible throughout LAX terminals — also is available.
More than 30 airlines operate at the Bradley Terminal, using more than 20 different types of aircraft. All airline gate personnel have to be trained and certified to use the new passenger boarding bridges with their particular types of aircraft.