Just like people and cars, taxiways keep getting bigger, and KPCC has video of the new LAX taxiway that launched yesterday. The $88 million new north-south taxiway will allow "more of the extra jumbo aircraft to move around the airfield with ease." As part of the new taxiway, staff had "to design a bridge to support the weight of the A380, which was more than 1 million pounds." There's a screen grab of the plane being greeted by fire trucks. The Los Angeles Times also covers the new taxiway, just one of a number improvements underway at LAX (Theme building and more): "In addition to the A380, the 100-foot-wide taxiway can handle the next generation of large wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Officials for LAX and the Federal Aviation Administration say the new route will help reduce aircraft congestion that would result from construction of the Bradley West project, which includes new gates, new concourses and a great central hall filled with restaurants and concessions."
· First plane uses LAX's new cross-field taxiway [KPCC]
· LAX inaugurates new cross-field taxiway [LAT]