LAX on February 9, 2011


Photos by Ken Kula

It was a dozen years ago, and the Los Angeles International Airport was a hopping place. A gateway top the the Pacific region and Asia, nonstop European flights were beginning to trickle in with the use of very long range aircraft.

It was a time where aircraft color schemes were changing for United Airlines.

Delta airlines still flew the B-747.

American hadn’t moved on into their present day (2023) colors, and still operated MD-80s.

In 2023, very long ranged twins such as the Boeing B-777, B-787 and Airbus A-350 aircraft are common, back in 2011 the Boeing B-747 and Airbus A-340 bore the brunt of long range travel.

And narrowbody jetliners included now-defunct airlines like AirTran. Here’s a look back to 2011…


Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 35 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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