I wonder if there are upgrades the airport wants/needs to do to those gates before AS can move. I'm not sure they've been able to update them to the same standard as the rest of T2E.
I've spoken about the possibility that AAG might create a tarmac-level boarding concourse for EMJs -- and whatever remains of Q400 service -- creating an additional boarding position or two in order to better use the large amount of real estate used by gates 20-22. (Similar to what they have at PDX & SEA.) The 5-6 months before AAG moves from T1W to T2E would give them adequate time to create a nice high-capacity nest for themselves! I'm hopeful we'll see some 'above-and-beyond' from AAG here.
That seems to be in the works with Gate 16, they had the gate closed off yesterday and had workers painting new operational safety zone lines for 16, and 16a, maybe they're doing a 16b, Gate 17 could be a good contender for tarmac level boarding.
I have a theory about what they're doing red'
. First, I doubt AAG would make any major changes or do any remodeling in T1W since they'll be leaving in less than a year.
My thinking is that perhaps AAG is removing line markings for the Q400 (which gate 16 was used for almost exclusively in the recent past.) As of May 20, our MRY route, along with all Fresno flights will be flown with EMJs; that leaves STS, as of now, as the only Q400 route out of SAN. (And I have a feeling STS will be all-jet as well, very soon. Perhaps also by May 20. And hopefully with multiple daily flights!!!) But none of that doesn't happen until late May so I'm not sure why they would be removing the markings now...
Another idea is that perhaps they are adding lines for AirBi -- currently flown by VX -- as they will be flying various AS routes in a few months.
In any case, I personally appreciate the heads-up red'
What carriers, who has the A350-1000 on order could be a potential candidate in the future starting service? Gate 51 now has A350-1000 markings
I again mention that I swear, during discussions of Edelweiss issues last year, it was mentioned that the A350 is not an airplane that "works" for SAN. I assume it's got something to do with takeoff performance. I could very well be wrong but that's the way I remember it.
Now obviously if there ARE markings at gate 51 for the A350-1000, then it sure sounds like they are expecting to see one flying here sooner or later! Exciting!
(Hey, question for your red'
. Are there A321 markings at gate 51? HA will be starting their OGG flight using the 321 in May and I wonder if they'll use 51 for both of their flights.)