There were plans for SAS to begin service into SFO
, but, yes, the tragedy of 9/11 is the reason those plans were aborted.
Alitalia flew into SFO
with 763 aircraft from the summer of 1999-2002. However, a drop in loads due to 9/11 is the reason they pulled out. It's a shame. It was a real pleasure driving by the airport and seeinf those green and white planes.
Vietnam Airlines is planning to add SFO
during late 2003/early 2004. They flew a 777 into SFO
last week on a Goodwill flight. Vietnam Airlines executives met with SFO
execs and the city mayor. There will surely be a high-demand for these nonstops to Hanoi.
Rumor has it that Emirates is expected to add SFO
service in 2004. I don't know how well those flights would do, but it is definitely an awesome proposition.
As for the other airlines mentioned in the initial post, in my opinion(and I am certianly no expert or in the industry), China Southern, Thai and Air Tahiti Nui would be the most likely SFO
candidates. China Southern & Thai, because there is already a large presence of Asian carriers at SFO
. And Air Tahiti Nui, because they are doing so well and are eager to expand.