Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5766 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2461 times:
Happy New Year to everyone!
I've always been a fan of OAK since I used to live within 15 minutes of the airport during my childhood.
I was there during the weekend of December 15th and notice how far along the T2 expansion had been complete. I read from the Oakland Airport website that the T2 expansion with 5 additional gates for WN will be complete around the Fall of this year.
After WN moves out of gates at T1, what do you think will happen with the vacated gates? Will B6 expand significantly? Additional airlines?
EridanMan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 121 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
Its a shame this didn't get a response, because I was wondering the exact same thing just a week ago...
I'd _love_ to see B6 ramp up their OAK operations... Add Seattle, Portland, Vegas, and *BEGS B6* Chicago (I know, they need to fly there first...).
Granted, My reasons for wanting such are Purely selfish - with those routes, I could do 100% of my flying on B6
In all seriousness though - I would imagine it would make a certain rather large amount of sense for jetBlue to Seriously expand their Bay operations seeing as the airline that is, conceptually at least, their number one competitor (Virgin America, as in huge startup funds, low fares, high service, appeal to yuppies type airlines) is still a year or so off... They currently have a chance to put a stranglehold on VA's home market a year before the upstart even boards its first flight- why not use it?
I'm sure people who actually know what they're talking about will tell me why I'm wrong:-P
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2892 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2267 times:
I would be seriously surprised to see B6 start offering service for OAK, or LGB for that matter, northbound to PDX/SEA. The only one that I could potentially see would be LGB-SMF, and even that's a longshot.
North-south routes are already extremely well served:
Bay Area to PDX: 31 nonstops daily (8-OAK, 13-SFO, 10-SJC)
Bay Area to SEA: 40 nonstops daily (14-OAK, 16-SFO, 10-SJC)
LA Area to PDX: 25 nonstops daily (10-LAX, 5-ONT, 5-SNA, 5-BUR)
Bay Area to SEA: 35 nonstops daily (16-LAX, 4-ONT, 3-LGB, 8-SNA, 4-BUR)
Is it certain that WN will give up all its gates at Terminal 1? Right now, they're running 133 weekday flights out of 11 gates -- that's over 12 turns per gate per day. I'd imagine they'd like to increase the number of gates they have in order to increase service, since they are most likely constrained now by gate availability.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23561 posts, RR: 50 Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2015 times:
Unfortunately OAK lost is very active and creative marketing department that it had in the 1990s. The airport at that time aggressively pursued airlines and was able to capture several carriers including Tower Air, CityBird, Corsair and also was able to help maintain domestic competition via creative leases and discounted fee schedules. OAK even provided free advertising for carriers with billboards it owned around town including one adjacent to the Bay Bridge.
Unfortunately OAK has seen a decline in competition with reduced activities by airlines such as United and Delta and is becoming an prominently a near Southwest only airport. The only significant new entrant has been Jetblue, however the even this has been somewhat a disappointment as the carrier has yet to fully commit to further services as initially hoped for.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
I think B6 would expand further if it had more gates at OAK. You can only do so much with two gates. It might not be a fair assumption that WN will move out of T1 once the T2 expansion is opened. But that's what I kind of gathered from the airport website.
OAK has managed to attract all those Mexican carriers like Taesa, Mexicana, Allegro and Azteca. Unfortunately, Taesa and Allegro do not exist anymore.
Also, 9/11 played a big roll in international and domestic service from OAK. Citybird is defunct. Martinair is now owned by KLM. KLM serves SFO and Martinair is not allowed to compete with KLM. It's too bad Corsair left town, though. I would love to see them back at OAK.
There is a new startup carrier out of HKG called Oasis Hong Kong Airlines that plans to start flying between OAK and HKG using 747-400's late this year. That's quite the achievement since there has never been scheduled nonstop service to Asia from OAK. Also, OAK really only has one dedicated international gate...Gate 1. Gate 3 is used occasionally as well as a door with a ramp just east of the Gate 1 jetway.
I don't think OAK is complaining too much about service there. Their numbers have been staggering since WN started serving OAK. B6 has been adding service to OAK pretty consistently, considering the lack of gate space. They will be starting up FLL-OAK service here soon. Don't be surprised to see OAK-EWR in the near future.
AA had a small increase in service when they started flying LAX and JFK, but they have always had the typical 4 to 5 flights daily to DFW. So, really, no change there. I wish they would reintroduce service to ORD.
CO has reintroduced service to OAK through IAH since they left OAK back in the 1990's when they dumped DEN as a hub. They have at least 3 flights daily to IAH. They used to have a couple of flights to EWR. But unfortunately, they are no World (DC-10's) or People Express (747's).
UA has its ups and downs at OAK, but they still serve OAK, LAX and ORD. Their only real addition was IAD with two flights daily.
DL used to have flights to SLC and DFW out of OAK during the 1990's. DL still has flights to SLC, but has introduced flights to ATL. DL never had ATL service out of OAK until now. Unfortunately, their DFW service was a loss.
Frontier Jet Express briefly served OAK from DEN using Mesa CRJ-100's/200's. When that service went to Horizon, they pulled the plug on OAK. I don't know how their loads were though.
NK briefly served OAK from DTW. Maybe they'll come back. But my money is on SFO for them.
AQ began flying OAK-HNL/OGG/KOA when they introduced 737-700's. That was a big boost for OAK since they've had trouble keeping Hawaii service.
Finally, Suntrips has a decent operation out of OAK using Ryan International 757's. They fly to Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Azores (I think they still use North American's 767-300's for the Azores).
OAK is doing pretty good right now. If their masterplan holds out, we'll see more gates added perhaps where the old freight building is located now.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1898 times:
Take gate 26 and run a building parallel to the waterfront. They took out the WN catering building. I believe the OAK airport website has a picture/diagram. They are adding 5 gates to T2. A lot of it is built already.
EridanMan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 121 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
I haven't seen recent sat photos - but the new terminal is almost complete (they looked like they were putting in the jetways last week when I came in from Chicago)... looking at that sat photo- it looks like they knocked out the two southern-most gates, instead there is a new building that runs the same length as T1 running out along the southern shore. According to the flyoakland.com website, the new terminal is only going to add 5 new gates (I'm guessing knock out the two southern most and add 7 along the new extension, but thats pure speculation)...
Unfortunately, this is going to do nothing for my biggest moan about OAK - the inane traffic pattern outside... They really have outgrown the region-airport style one-door-for-entry-exit, and the loop back to pick people up includes a traffic light whose line can back all the way up to the terminal gates- its miserable...
Frankly - OAK has always frustrated me because it seems to have SO much potential... If they'd be willing to Sacrifice part of the old airport, there is more than enough room for a new 10kft parallel runway on the east side of the airport with a full 4300 ft seperation, which would make OAK the only airport in the bay area capable of parallel IFR operations- a boon to those of us who are sick of fog-induced SFO delays. OAK has the land, they have the location, why don't they go for SFO's jugular?
Instead they languish back, 2 miles from the nearest highway on secondary roads, with a laughable regional-airport style terminal design that mights life miserable during peak travel times, while SFO chokes the whole ATC system by fogging in almost daily during the winter...
This is all newbie/enthusiest speculation... but is there something I'm missing? Why, with all of its advantages (more land, better weather), is OAK still a second-tier joint? (honest question to the many one here who know more than me)
FCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
OAK has a long-term plan to expand Terminal 1 and build a complete, modern double-deck flow-through traffic pattern with separated arrivals and departures. It's just a matter of funding.
As for service, well, it's hard for the legacies to compete at what is essentially a WN/low cost hub. Every other airline is left with just a small spoke operation, pretty much.
AA serves DFW, CO has 3x daily to IAH, DL does SLC and ATL, US has 5 or 6x service each to LAS and PHX, UA has flights to LAX, ORD, DEN and one (not two) to IAD. AS rounds things out with PDX, SEA and SNA. NW's the only missing legacy. Then there's B6 to LGB, JFK, IAD, BOS and soon FLL.
I don't know what more domestic legacy service OAK can, or should, really hope for. Keep the WN sugar daddy happy and they'll continue to get hundreds of flights daily to 19 cities throughout the West, Midwest and now to the East Coast.
[Edited 2006-01-05 22:22:01]
[Edited 2006-01-05 22:24:59]
USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
EridanMan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 121 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
Thanks for the full answer-
I guess I understand the whole lack of $$$ thing, especially with SFO already the monster that it is... its just - by all common sense (ok, just land area and weather reasons:-P) OAK is a better international hub choice than SFO with enough land for twin 10k runways (hell, I think you could even expand the current runway to 12k if you wanted)... Especially considering SFO's poor layout (runway wise, I love SFO's terminals)...
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2740 posts, RR: 6 Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
B6 could really use some extra gates at OAK. In the evening, B6 uses an additional gate (I think 8) on the other side of the terminal to accomodate red-eyes to IAD, JFK and BOS. With the addition of FLL, it's only a matter of time before B6 continues an OAK expansion. With LGB so slot-restricted, I hope B6 turns to OAK as the major west coast operation.
Oakjam From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 182 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1694 times:
Wow much more progress at OAK, jetways coming in already. Looks like the T2 extension will be done sooner that scheduled. I hope we get new service to other cities with some extra gate space being able to floated around. I would like US to add a route to PHL or CLT, but WN already has service non-stop to PHL. I would like to see Aviacsa and Aeromexico possibly start serving OAK, MX has 1 codeshare they operate for AM once daily on the flight OAK-GDL, I would like to see OAK-MTY start up. As for domestic routes I would love to have CO or B6 to EWR, MCO. I'd like to see B6 to Chicago, and SEA, SAN. I'd like to see other airlines compete with WN to SAN, maybe the new US. Of course I hope that Oasis HK airlines starts up, and I wish that a Low cost European carrier could start here, something like Thomsonfly. If OAK had a non-stop to Asia and Europe, that would put a tiny scare into SFO officials.
Khushdesi From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1688 times:
excuse me if these questions are foolish- i know that 744s can land at oak, since united brings them in for maintenance and such. but is the runway long enough to handle a fully loaded one? and what gates are equipped for larger aircraft?
Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11966 posts, RR: 100 Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1682 times:
Quoting ScottB (Reply 6): Is it certain that WN will give up all its gates at Terminal 1? Right now, they're running 133 weekday flights out of 11 gates -- that's over 12 turns per gate per day. I'd imagine they'd like to increase the number of gates they have in order to increase service, since they are most likely constrained now by gate availability.
True. I am under the impression B6 is gate constrained at OAK. Does anyone know how many operations/day B6 does there?
I would think WN would desire to keep as many gates as possible. Trading four gates for five makes no sense. While I would like to see B6 expand...
Quoting EridanMan (Reply 1): In all seriousness though - I would imagine it would make a certain rather large amount of sense for jetBlue to Seriously expand their Bay operations seeing as the airline that is, conceptually at least, their number one competitor (Virgin America, as in huge startup funds, low fares, high service, appeal to yuppies type airlines) is still a year or so off... They currently have a chance to put a stranglehold on VA's home market a year before the upstart even boards its first flight- why not use it?
Question, could B6 get gates at SFO? Before you flame me, let me state my logic:
1. Brackets all three bay area airports from JFK
2. Possible easier access to gates than OAK, SJC
3. Puts a crimp on VA before they launch (to JFK, EWR?, IAD, FLL, BUR?, and maybe other destinations)
Yes, I realize this really fragments the B6 operations in the bay area. But as I understand it, OAK and SJC really are tough airports to get gate access. Thoughts?
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2538 posts, RR: 7 Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
IMHO, the beauty of adding the extra gates to Terminal 2 is placing all of WN's flights in close proximity to one another.
I travel to PHX and LAS via WN a fair amount for leisure, and I can tell you that I have not departed out of Terminal 2 for at least a couple of years. Many of the SLC flights also seem to depart out of Terminal 1.
If it's necessary to stop @ the WN ticket counter, then you've got one helluva hike over the Terminal 1 to catch those flights too.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
I think they took out the southern-most gate, if they took out any gates at all. But I assure you they didn't take out two gates.
The only Mexican carrier that has applied for any OAK-Mexican routes is AM for OAK-Morelia. I think it would very cool to see AM here since OAK would be their first SF Bay Area city. When Taesa flew that route with a 737-300, it was always full.
The people at Oasis Hong Kong Airlines seemed pretty confident about starting up later this year and flying to OAK by year's end. I think it would great to see 744 service at OAK. During the late the 1980's to early 1990's, there was talk of Korean Air flying to OAK, but of course they went to SFO.
Gate 1 is capable of handling a 747. Martinair and Corsair used it while they were flying to OAK. During the old days, gates 6, 8, 11 and 15 (before they added all those other gates) handled widebodies for the likes of World Airways (DC-10's), People Express (747's) and Martinair (DC-10s). I once visited OAK when there were two WO DC-10's, a Martinair DC-10 and a People Express 747, amongst the others. That terminal was packed.
Oakjam From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 182 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1553 times:
I'm glad to see AM applied for OAK-MLM that will be a full flight, i'm glad the silver bird beauty will fly into OAK. I know AM hasn't applied for any other cities from OAK, MLM was the only one. But since MX is not tied with CINTRA anymore and MX and AM will operate as separate entities AM will try to recover lost ground that MX has taken. OAK to MLM was a start, I hope they add a future flight to GDL or MEX. The old Taesa flight to MLM(Morelia) from OAK was crowded. AM has already established service in So Cal from ONT to MLM and BJX (in addition to the GDL and MEX) service that they have. I do have to say that AM is the quality airline of Mexico, Mexicana plays second hand. I've flown both, AM is my fav.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
I could see ZE beating AM to the OAK-MLM service unless they are pretty strapped for aircraft right now. I wonder if ZE is using the 737-700's to OAK. There was a picture sometime ago that showed people disembarking a ZE aircraft. It looked more like a 737-300...the shorter wing and the engines further away from the fuselage than on a -700.
Despite the fact that OAK lacks international service to Europe and Asia for the time being, I'm glad to see ZE and MX providing consistent international service...instead of the typical vacation charters, thanks to previous Mexican operators like Taesa and Allegro. I remember Suntrips using Aerocancun MD-80's and Leisure Air A320's before the Ryan International 757-200's.
I'm looking forward to seeing Oasis Hong Kong Airlines' 747-400's at OAK, if and when it pans out.
25 JetBlueAtJFK: Well B6 operates of out Gate 9 and 9A at Oak and they have about 4X to JFK (More on peak times), 2X BOS, 2X IAD, 6X LGB, 1X FLL (Starts Jan 19th). But
26 Wedgetail737: If B6 was able to obtain a third gate for the mornings, I think we could see a significant increase in service. After about 3:30pm-4pm, there are plen