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May 12, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Chris Lee
Four mornings a week, an SUV with darkened windows bears Michael Jackson through the gates outside a nondescript building near the Burbank airport. He spends the next six hours on a soundstage in the company of 10 dancers and pop music's best-known choreographer. The details of rehearsals for Jackson's upcoming concerts in London are closely held secrets, but what's at stake for him is not.
April 21, 2008 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
It's taken eight years and $6 million for Burbank airport officials to come up with a proposed solution to ease sleep-depriving aircraft noise that has frustrated nearby residents for decades: Shift some overnight operations to Van Nuys Airport. The recommendation by the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena Airport Authority is the latest chapter in what has been among the most acrimonious homeowner battles in the San Fernando Valley.
September 13, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
The scene was electrifying to a 14-year-old boy who had flown with his pilot father from Santa Monica to witness the official opening of Burbank's United Airport in May 1930. Dozens of bombers, fighters and other planes were revving their engines for a ground-rattling flyby. It was like "Disneyland and the greatest Fourth of July rolled into one," David M. Simmons, who turned his boyhood fascination with aviation into a career, told The Times 60 years later.
May 4, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Passengers at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport this summer may have to park in Van Nuys. With a record number of travelers expected through September, officials expect they will run out of parking and have asked Los Angeles if they can use its Van Nuys park-and-ride lot. Burbank airport operators acknowledge that advising customers to park several miles away may cancel out the reason they patronize the airfield in the first place.
March 4, 2006
Seattle-based Boeing Aircraft and Transport Co. bought 243 acres on Hollywood Way -- the future site of Burbank airport. The $1-million purchase came after a U.S. Commerce Department survey recommended Burbank as an ideal site for a Los Angeles-area airport. Boeing built hangars, airplane factories, administrative buildings and a flight school, and through Boeing's parent company, United Aircraft and Transportation Corp., other subsidiaries constructed plants there.
December 17, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
About 140 people were evacuated Friday from a jet at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport and the flight was canceled after a passenger made a remark about a bomb as the plane was taxiing for takeoff, officials said. Airline officials said the man who made the comment apparently was speaking in jest to friends, but the crew of Southwest Flight 2074, en route to Las Vegas, and police took no chances. A flight attendant who overheard passengers talking about the remark told the cockpit crew about 3:45 p.m.
June 18, 2005
To get from the plane to a rental car at Los Angeles International Airport, you walk down endless corridors, out into a blast of exhaust, and across a few lanes of traffic to a bus stop. Retired NASA scientists employed by the airport authority have developed a complex algorithm to guarantee that, no matter what company you rent from, buses from every other company must pass you at least once before you are given the opportunity to chase down the one you want.
February 24, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
JetBlue Airways Corp., the discount airline, will add coast-to-coast service from Burbank in late May, people familiar with the plans said Wednesday. In a move that would mean the first nonstop flights between Burbank and the East Coast, the discount airline intends to launch three daily nonstops between Bob Hope Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport -- JetBlue's home base -- on May 24, the sources said. They said a fourth daily flight was scheduled to be added in July.
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