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User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Are there any good accessable vantage pointes at SFO?
(Terminal B to be exact.)
Also, just curious: have they completed the new international terminal yet?

-AerLingus


Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Yeah, If you drive on 101 north, exit aver by the clarion hotel, Drive past the hotel and turn left. On the right you will see a parking lot with some busses and cars. Go there, you can watch the planes take off!

And nope, the terminal is not done yet. The building is complete, but it is not open. It will open in a year or so.


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Thanks.


Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

I believe that the parking lot for viewing is closed due to construction of the new international terminal. They are keeping their materials in that lot. When the international terminal is finished this fall, they will move the stuff and it will be open again I believe. Your best bet now is Gate 66 in the North Terminal. Have Fun.


User currently offlineImkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

The massive new int'l terminal is slated for grand opening in September. Don't hold your breath though-- you know how delayed things get in the Bay Area.

User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Terminal B? Yea that's a pretty good terminal for shots, but C is best.

The new international terminal is completed but not open to the public yet. It will open September 26, 2000.

AerLingus: Which airline are you flying with? With Continental or Sun Country you will be parked at the short jut pointing towards Concourse A (new & old) and with TWA or National Airlines you will be parked at the short jut that points towards the runways and Concourses C & D.

Hope this helps!

Moi,
Kai



Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineImkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Since mostly bay area peoples are going to address the original post, I figured that maybe someone would know the answer to my question.

Considering that terminal A is directly blocking around 4 or so gates in the new international terminal, when will it be demolished?


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

I will be flying with Alaska Air.


Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

You know Imkeww, I'm not exactly sure. I saw the same thing, that's where Midwest Express and US Airways (at least) have their parking spots. I'm surprised it hasn't already been demolished. My best bet is that when Concourse D has been re-modeled and opened, those airlines will take that place, but it's also possible that they will try and accomodate them to other gates and demolish Terminal A so as to let Terminal A operate at full 12-gate capacity.

AerLingus: Oh yea, forgot Alaska Air, and Air Canada/Canadian   those gates are closest to the terminal (flights from Seattle usually park at Gate 20, the closest gate, flights from Vancouver usually park at Gate 22, others I have no idea  

Moi,
Kai



Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2602 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

You know, I asked this very question to a Southwest CSA just last Friday (July 7) as I was leaving for PHX. She said she had no idea, no one had given a timetable for any movement by Southwest.

(actually she added, "I just hope they get another runway REAL soon." apparently that flight at 1805 was the first on-time flight of the day due to a.m. fog)

It was my understanding that they were going to demolish Concourse A, and move airlines over to a refurbished current Intl terminal. If you look closely, you'll see the prefix "A" on each gate at the southern concourse at the brand new International Terminal!

I understand size constaints, but does anyone else agree with me, that a building as light and graceful as the new International Terminal at SFO deserves a grander position than surrounded by hideous freeway off-ramps and parking garages? I cringe every time I see it!


User currently offlineTomindc From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

Sorry to hear that parking lot is closed. In the past, when I traveled frequently to SFO, it provided me some of the best spotting that I can remember!

Tom


User currently offlineQf747sp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

I think the lot is still open at the end of the runway...at least it was a month ago. BTW, if you get the chance, there is some excellent restaurants from which you can watch landings and takeoffs at SFO. They are not at the airport but if you take the Broadway exit off 101 and go east, there is a group of restaurants on the water...Benny Hanna's, The Elephant Bar and El Torittto. All have incredable views of planes approaching the main runways as well as some good takeoff runs.

The Elephant Bar is the best, but is nearly impossible to get a table in the evenings.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8048 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Actually, the parking lot next to the south end of Runway 1R is still there. I was there today and saw some interesting things, like United's heavy use of the 777, KE Flight 023 arrivng from SEL with a 777-200ER (!), SQ Flight 016 from Singapore with an A340-300 (!), and an endless parade of 757-200's taking off from 1R.

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

I agree with your "hideousness" point with the freeways!! I can see one good thing with placing the international terminal at the airport entrance: it makes SFO seem new and modern, not to mention worldly (with all of those int'l tails which will be there!).

I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but it was my understanding that Terminal A will be demolished, and those airlines will be moved into Terminal D, who's airlines will be moved into the new Terminal A (the non-UA side of the International terminal).

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlineWingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2346 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

I'm another secret spotter in the Bay Area, most of it from my balcony in Twin Peaks. Great views by binocs of Oakland takeoffs but less interesting for SFO. Once in a great while, ATC will have the heavies land from the North Bay which provides excellent viewing of heavy descents into SFO, until about 1/4 mile from touchdown (behind the hill by Candlestick Park). Seems like they float all the way in. I do see daily heavies Asia and Europe bound about 10-15/day including LH, KLM, Virgin, ANA etc.

Another spot for great takeoff shots might be on 280 near the Serramonte/Cemetary Exit. Even though I haven't checked myself, I bet the cemetary has incredible vantage points for long-distance photos of T/Os and landings. I've nearly crashed on this stretch at least 10 times as 747s screamed over the highway. Good luck!


User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1986 times:

You can check out my web site "Golden Gate Airliners" @ http://fly.to/gga for more spotter info on SFO. Just go to the spotters guide to SFO. Also FYI the new international terminal is scheduled to open September 20th, 2000.

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