Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
I live right by SFO and am curious if there are any airlines(domestic or international)scheduled to add new service to this airport. It seems traffic has slowed considerably over the past year or so, which is a shame considering we have the beautiful, brand new international terminal. I'd love to see some new airlines come in.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
I would say it depends largely on a.) the effect of SARS on Asian travel...UA is increasing its #of flights, as well as upgrading their service back to 744's.
b.) the economy of California, ESPECIALLLY the Bay area, is very down right now, so the lower demand is probably delaying decisions in that regard.
Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2779 times:
That's good to know that UA is reinstating it's 744's on the SFO-Asia routes. The airport has been so quiet lately, it's scary. At least CX is using it's A340-600's into SFO. I saw one landing over my apartment last week, and those things are amazing! I really hope to see more activity pick up soon, though. It depresses me to see a major airport so dreary.
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2664 times:
Jeremiah: Is EI actively pursuing more US Gateway cities? I'd think LAX would serve them relatively well with connections to the Bay Area via AA.
Mike: Surely you must have been into SFO in a slow hour? I've been out to SFO on several occasions during the last 8 months and I've seen no huge lull in traffic. Indeed, the queues for security were quite long air traffic seemed to be fairly decent. It certainly is not the ghost town you seem to be making it out to be!
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5275 posts, RR: 62 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
They most certainly are and SFO is apparently top of the list. The company CEO claims that he would like start flights to up to 16 (!!) more American cities, while that is clearly more talk than anything I think 4-5 more gateways is perfectly realistic.
The user KaiTak has made several good posts on EI's plans so it might be worth doing a search.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
Planenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1279 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
I think that a priority of SFO has been to try and get both Alitalia and Swiss back, as well as try to get SAS to reinstate its deferred launch of n/s service to CPH (due to 9/11). SFO International Terminal has massive capacity right now. In addition to both Alitalia and Swissair leaving, and United's cutbacks, both Allegro and Suntrips moved their operations across the Bay to OAK.
A friend of mine who works at UA maintenance at SFO says that Air Canada is trying to renegotiate its lease agreement with SFO, and this might result in them moving to the International Terminal where apparently they can get the premium space at a big discount.
Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2458 times:
TO AER LINGUS: You very well maybe right.....I might have happened upon SFO during slow periods. I certainly hope that is the case. I was on a LAS-SFO flight with America West(737-300)last week, and when we arrived, there were only five airplanes at gates! I was so surprised!. And this was at 5pm on a Saturday. The terminal and arrivals areas were virtual ghost towns. And it was the same scene for me last month. Very troubling. I live just south of the airport, and the landing path goes right by my apartment, so I have a virtual gage of the ups & downs of traffic. And now seems to definitely be way down. I would love to get an actual percentage of the downturn in traffic at SFO since 2001.
TO UNITED 777: Emirates at SFO!!!! That is so exciting! Do we know an official start date! I will be there first in line to see it!
TO JEREMIAH: If Aer Lingus comes to SFO, I will be the happiest guy in the world! It's one of my favorite airlines. I have never traveled with them, but they are beautiful planes from a beautiful country! I'd love to sit out on my patio and see one come in!
TO PLANENUTZ: I was completely disheartened when Alitalia and Swissair pulled out of SFO. I am hoping they will reinstate service soon. I always loved seeing those Alitalia 763's sitting at the gate off the freeway. The International Terminal has seemed just so sad without them. Here hoping to a return!
Thanks to all of you for your helpful input. I really appreciate it!
UA777lover From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
I'm an AVID plane spotter at SFO and I'd LOVE to see Emerites fly in here. I was at Boeing Field in March and at the end of the tour I was able to see an Emerites 777-300 coming in for a landing. It was a beautiful thing to see. As for them flying the 773 into SFO, there may be a small problem for taxiing. That plane is too long to hold short of 28-R without the tail blocking 28-Left. Since September 11th, Alitalia has stopped flying into SFO, and I'll like to see the return of that airline soon
Aeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 689 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
I hate to bring up the standard "there are a lot of (insert nationality) in (insert city)" statement to justify service, BUT, there are a lot of Irish in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Also, the only Irish Consulate west of Chicago is in San Francisco, so there are definately ties to SF.
Does anybody have any official info on Emirates serving SFO? or is it just speculation?
Planenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1279 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2250 times:
While there is a sizeable Irish community in the Bay Area (SF Richmond District, etc). I think the preimenent reason for Aer Lingus' expansion of service to SFO and other cities in the US is the tourist dollar. With the tech industry gone south, the Irish economy is slipping, and the country is relying more heavily on tourist traffic to bring in money. This si why the Irish Govt. and Aer Lingus are keen on developing open skies with the USA.