I was standing outside the International terminal this evening getting some fresh air and standing next to me was the PM
Duty Manager for SFO
. So, I picked his brain about any new service prospects.
Air New Zealand executives were at SFO
last week and they would like to start service into SFO
3 times a week on a 747. The service would be a direct service form Auckland to SFO
. They are pushing for an 8:30 AM
arrival but he airport would like to push them over to the "A" terminal because the "G" terminal is almost at Max capacity at that time of the morning. As we know, Air New Zealand is a Star member, so look for the airport to accomindate. No word on a start date.
When Alitalia suspended service, they told the airport they would not be back. Well, the air carrier made it clear that they wish to re-start service to SFO
. Nothing confirmed but look for 2005.
Aer Lingus will start service into SFO
when the Shannon requirement is dropped. As we know, EU/US negotiator may come to an agreement by late next year.
Emirates staff have been around the airport a half dozen times and told SFO
they will start service into SFO
. Again, No dates.
Now the BIG one. SFO
was notified by Virgin USA that SFO
and Boston are the two finalist for their base. LAX
was dropped last week. Argue all you want about delays and other factors but these are the facts.