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A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:07 pm

I understand that the A380 will visit here on October 4-5th.
Does anyone know what time it will arrive and when it departs?
A friend of mine who is an aviation buff plans on travelling around that time. He'll be flying out on Midwest Airlines.
Does anyone know what terminal the beautiful A380 will park at?
Thanks in advance for your help.


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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:13 pm

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Does anyone know what terminal the beautiful A380 will park at?

I can't see it parking anywhere other than the International Terminal, as that's where it'll need to be tested.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:26 pm

from EADS

"The US-tour will take the A380 flight-test-aircraft MSN009, powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, to the United States. The visits are part of the ongoing route proving process for this aircraft/engine-combination. The aircraft, which has no passenger-cabin, is on static display at the following airports:
Connecticut Bradley International Airport (BDL) 2nd – 3rd October
Kentucky Cincinnati/N. Kentucky Airport (CVG) 3rd – 4th October
California San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 4th – 5th October"
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:30 pm

Quoting Zeke (Reply 2):
Connecticut Bradley International Airport (BDL) 2nd – 3rd October
Kentucky Cincinnati/N. Kentucky Airport (CVG) 3rd – 4th October

Why would it go there?
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:36 pm

Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 3):
Why would it go there?

The Engine Alliance that built the GP7200 includes General Electric (CVG) and Pratt & Whitney (BDL)
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:55 pm

I'll have to nip up to SFO to take some pictures!  bouncy 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:42 pm

Don't people know where Pratt engines are made? WOW
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:02 pm

Does anyone know what time it will arrive and when it departs?
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):

Wait a bit for Airbus to release details like that, at this point they may have not even fixed the arrival and departure times. When the A380 came to LAX we didn't know what time it would be arriving till only a few days before. Patience.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:27 am

Quoting Hloutweg (Reply 8):
When the A380 came to LAX we didn't know what time it would be arriving till only a few days before. Patience.

OK, Ok, Ok.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:14 am

Just so happens that the A380 visit to SFO coincides with Fleet Week. Would a nice flyover for the spectators be too much to ask...
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:26 am

Well, SFO is pretty much home base for me. I live about 45 min to an hour away so I might actually be able to make it that day. No school on the 5th. Anyone with info on the arrival please post without hesitation.

Quoting Hloutweg (Reply 8):
Wait a bit for Airbus to release details like that, at this point they may have not even fixed the arrival and departure times. When the A380 came to LAX we didn't know what time it would be arriving till only a few days before. Patience.

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Quoting Buzz100ca (Reply 10):
Just so happens that the A380 visit to SFO coincides with Fleet Week. Would a nice flyover for the spectators be too much to ask...

That would be nice.

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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:55 am

Quoting Buzz100ca (Reply 10):
Just so happens that the A380 visit to SFO coincides with Fleet Week. Would a nice flyover for the spectators be too much to ask...

What about a 1L or 1R approach, with a 19L/R departure?
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:00 am

Quoting CV880 (Reply 12):
What about a 1L or 1R approach, with a 19L/R departure?

That would be the day!
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:13 am

NO on the 1L/R approach. Milbrae would have a cow about that in regards to the noise. (but it would be awesome though)

19L/R departure= plausible.

More likely you would see a 28R arrival and departure

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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:00 am

Should we charter a boat for a really awesome view of it on final, or would security shoot us out of the water?  Wink
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:27 am

You will see a 28 R or L landing and takeoff. Can't wait to see this.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:34 am

IM already getting those days off. This is a must for me.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:54 am

The A380-800 will likely park at the gates located at the end of Concourses A and G (more likely A because Concourse G is packed during daytime hours with UA international flights).
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:00 am

Quoting Afitch7881 (Reply 6):
Don't people know where Pratt engines are made? WOW

No, some of us actually have lives outside of this website....
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:12 pm

Definitely parking it at IT A.

Definitely going to be there.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:35 pm

actually I beg to differ. I think it would be parking at G, maybe even G100 (or whichever gate is used to park the A346 or the 77W)
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:58 pm

Quoting 777STL (Reply 19):
No, some of us actually have lives outside of this website....

OK THEN!!!!

Now i am really embarrassed to be part of A.net.... Maybe I should get a life....

I never knew that being an aviation enthusiast sucked so bad! Thanks for clarifying that 777STL, from now on my extra time relaxing away from work, my woman, friends and hobbies will be spent on YouTube.com looking at the latest videos of Britney Spears and the latest gossip... We never meant to be lame by talking about aviation, we all apologize!

I am glad i will never waste any more time on this cursed website again...  ashamed 
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:05 pm

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 5):
I'll have to nip up to SFO to take some pictures! bouncy

You better! and show them to us here on a.net!

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 22):
I am glad i will never waste any more time on this cursed website again... ashamed

Ahhh, don't do that!
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:30 pm

Amazingly enough, I was on the train at SFO between the parking garage and Terminal 3 when a few Airport execs and a bombardier rep got into the train. At first they were talking about maitnainence issues, but the issue changed to the A380. Apparently SFO was promised (before the plane "ran into trouble") three A380s for the initial intro. They were happy to be getting one at this point.

It was quite a amusing little conversation to be a fly on the wall for.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:26 am

Thanks for all the replies folks.
I'll leave work early that day to see see it.

Quoting FlymeFASTER (Reply 15):
Should we charter a boat for a really awesome view of it on final, or would security shoot us out of the water?

That whas crossed my mind before.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:02 am

I used SFO's online "Contact Us" form to suggest to them that they open up the old observation deck for the A380 visit. I said one way or the other they'll have a bunch of aviation enthusiasts around the airport that day, why not allow us to be in one place where security can keep an eye on us?!! No answer from them yet, and yes, I know it's a long shot. That old deck would be a great place to see the landing. For those of you that never experienced it, it's on the south side of the old International terminal (now Terminal Two). See the 'X' on this Google image...

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SFO's old observation deck
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:12 am

Two questions (and I have a vested interest, since my wife and I are booked on SQ from SFO to PEN next March  Wink )
...

1) Wouldn't they presumably use SQ's gate on the visit in October, since SQ will (once again, presumably) be the first carrier to operate the A380 at SFO?
2) How soon do you guys speculate that SQ will start A380 ops to the US? My understanding is that SYD-SIN and LHR-SIN are the current priorities for the A380...
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:26 am

Quoting FlymeFASTER (Reply 26):
That old deck would be a great place to see the landing. For those of you that never experienced it, it's on the south side of the old International terminal (now Terminal Two).

I remember hanging out there at my first Airliners.net met waaaaaaaaaaay back in the year Two Thousand A.D.  old 
We also meet in the TWA terminal and non of us had tickets. That sounds so dated now in 2007.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:35 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
We also meet in the TWA terminal and non of us had tickets. That sounds so dated now in 2007.

I could've sworn that they were requiring tickets to get past security ever since just before the Ted Kacyzinski arrest...  Wink
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 29):
I could've sworn that they were requiring tickets to get past security ever since just before the Ted Kacyzinski arrest...

Nope.
Maybe at some airports.
In fact there was an Airliners.net meet on August 11th, 2001.
I have a picture on my hard drive on my home computer of a group of us in front of a KLM 747 at the gate.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:46 am

I don't why you chose to take offense to my post, it wasn't aimed at you....

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 22):
Now i am really embarrassed to be part of A.net.... Maybe I should get a life....

Maybe you should, there are more than a few knowledgeable individuals in the industry that will no longer come to this website, tired of being contradicted by armchair expert, know-it-all, teenagers. But I digress.

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 22):
I never knew that being an aviation enthusiast sucked so bad! Thanks for clarifying that 777STL, from now on my extra time relaxing away from work, my woman, friends and hobbies will be spent on YouTube.com looking at the latest videos of Britney Spears and the latest gossip... We never meant to be lame by talking about aviation, we all apologize!

If you say so. Personally, I think it's ridiculous to blast someone because they didn't know some obscure aviation related fact, like the guy I quoted did. Hence my comment about having a life outside of this website. (And honestly, the way some people post around here, they'd have to be spending 4+ hours on here/day).
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:25 am

I found a nautical chart online of the area around SFO (link below). Looks like a boat could get pretty close to the 28 approach area, but there is a small 'security zone' that needs to be respected. I'll go in on gas if anyone has a decent vessel for the event!

http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18651.htm
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:02 am

I heard back from SFO, the observation deck will not be open due to security reasons.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:31 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 30):
Maybe at some airports.

SJC was one of them. They always required tickets to get past the security checkpoint. So did DLH (Duluth, Minnesota).
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:02 am

Polling SFO aircraft watchers! I have been looking at the various possibilities for watching the A380 arrival/departure, as well as other aircraft viewing, and I came up with the following spots...

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I'd love to hear comments from those of you that probably do this more often than I. The spots, some doable and maybe some are not, are...

A. Coyote Point: 2.75 miles from the 28 runway thresholds, but almost right under the flight path ($5 for park ent.?)
B. Fishing Area: less than two miles from thresholds, but .6 miles from flight path
C. Bayfront Park: obviously a popular spot, .9 mile to 28L threshold
D. Terminal area: possible viewpoints from restaurant and Airtrain
E. International Terminal parking lots: pretty tall and should allow nice look-down on planes on west side of A & G wings
F. General Aviation terminal: I don't know anything about access or view, might be good for runway roll-off or telephoto
G. Elevated parking structure: again, don't know about access to this lot, but could be terrific for take off views.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:53 am

You can forget about points D, F, G. Your best bet would be point E if you want to see it on the ground. Points A,B and C are good approach shots with the right lenses.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:08 am

does anyone have any idea about Fleet Week and the A-380 doing a fly-by or anything? seems like a little too much of a coincidence for the 380 to be at SFO for the first time and having fleet week going on in the city without her making some sort of appearance.

i am sure as hell i'll be at SFO during the landing, and i hope to see many of my fellow a.netters there!!!!!! best wishes all!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:14 am

Quoting Phishphan70 (Reply 37):
does anyone have any idea about Fleet Week and the A-380 doing a fly-by or anything? seems like a little too much of a coincidence for the 380 to be at SFO for the first time and having fleet week going on in the city without her making some sort of appearance.

Isn't the A380 departing on Oct. 5? If so , that's practice day for the Blue Angels. The "big" shows are on Saturday and Sunday, the 6th and 7th. Sounds like a fun idea, but then there's also bit of a theme problem... a big airliner flyby at what is a Navy event? Stranger things could happen I guess. I'll personally bet on the landing and take off, unless I hear something official about a Fleetweek flyby.
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:27 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 34):
SJC was one of them. They always required tickets to get past the security checkpoint. So did DLH (Duluth, Minnesota).

Not true. I have picked up many passengers at SJC pre-9/11 and was able to meet them at the gate in both Terminal A and Terminal C.
 
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RE: A380 At San Francisco (SFO)

Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:49 pm

Thanks for all the information. I'll probably run in to some of you all when the A380 arrives.
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