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BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 04, 2016 2:34 pm

British Airways' inaugural flight to San Jose has just left the stand.

The flight is operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, G-ZBKF.

Track it here: http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW279/99c076d
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 04, 2016 2:42 pm

As someone who not only grew up in San Jose, an aviation fan, and a guy who got his pilots license signed off a couple hundred feet from where she will park when she arrives, this is another awesome day. I feel like I grew up with SJC, and now she has a dream date for the prom.   Another proud moment!

It's a bummer I'm working the Monterey Bay Area today instead of San Jose. I would have loved to see the speedbird arrive.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 04, 2016 3:00 pm

G-ZBKF is on its way, just seen it climbing out of LHR going through 10,000'.
Looks like it will be a few minutes late into SJC.
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 04, 2016 3:04 pm

Congratulations to BA and SJC. Another option for me to get to the West Coast (which I hope to do ASAP). I'm sure the tech companies will be pleased as well.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 04, 2016 10:21 pm

Quoting gct64 (Reply 2):
Looks like it will be a few minutes late into SJC.

Now it's projected to arrive 15 minutes early.

Right now is about where North Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan meet.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 12:22 am

Congrats to SJC! BA has been advertising extensively in Concourse B, with ads (see image below) beneath each FIDS. At one point there was a giant telephone box in the check-in area.

1 hour to go till arrival.

 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 1:22 am

Just landed and taxiing to gate B18.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 2:26 am

A couple of photos from SJC's Twitter . Willie was on board.

 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 4:06 am

A real embarrassment today was the local news NBC Channel 11 aired a story about the inaugural flight showing file footage of a BA 747 and identified it as a Boeing 787 ! No wonder San Jose plays second fiddle to San Francisco.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 4:59 am

Quoting tonyban (Reply 8):
A real embarrassment today was the local news NBC Channel 11 aired a story about the inaugural flight showing file footage of a BA 747 and identified it as a Boeing 787 ! No wonder San Jose plays second fiddle to San Francisco.

Except the San Jose Mercury News is significantly better quality than the San Francisco Chronicle. But yes, the news media is a joke about aviation. Like the article awhile back that said EUG is getting a non stop to PEK.

Any more photos of the first arrival and departure?

I expect BA to thrive at SJC, but I wonder how LH will do.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 5:33 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 9):
Except the San Jose Mercury News is significantly better quality than the San Francisco Chronicle.

IYO, Not sure how you are relating a newspaper to NBC 11, a television station.

They should thrive for at least a year. Then we will see how they do after the subsidies run out.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 9:28 am

And.......yet another TATL inaugural is on its way - May 5, 2016:

- KL609 AMS-Salt Lake City:

KLM609 - AMSTERDAM-SALT LAKE CITY A332 PH-AOM

DEPARTURE 10:15 - ARRIVAL 12:18pm

http://www.flightradar24.com/KLM609/99df0ac
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 1:28 pm

Here's a video documenting the arrival and welcome ceremony:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNl10eWyiTM
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 2:05 pm

When does LH start SJC-FRA? Also, has CA's request to fly SJC-PVG been approved yet?
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 2:27 pm

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 13):
When does LH start SJC-FRA? Also, has CA's request to fly SJC-PVG been approved yet?

LH was supposed to arrive in late April but it's been pushed back to July 1.

Air China is approved and will begin flights on June 16.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jos..._Airport#Airlines_and_destinations
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 2:31 pm

Quoting Cipango (Reply 12):

Thanks for sharing this video. A beautiful plane flying to a beautiful city. Congrats!!
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 3:24 pm

I was there, there was a large crowd over at Coleman Ave; you could differentiate between spotters and non-enthusiasts.

My photo:

He's coming right at us!
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Thu May 05, 2016 7:34 pm

Quoting MrHMSH (Reply 3):
Congratulations to BA and SJC.

Have we any idea on how bookings are shaping up over the first month and into summer.....?
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 9:13 am

So glad to see Speedbird fly over my house today on final to SJC. Was quite the sight.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 10:14 am

Quoting Cipango (Reply 12):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNl10eWyiTM

What a fabulous video! Thanks.   
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 4:28 pm

Link below to the local NBC news 11 story. You'll bite your lip at the 15 second mark !

Top
 
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 4:32 pm

Quoting tonyban (Reply 20):
Link below to the local NBC news 11 story. You'll bite your lip at the 15 second mark !

No link shown 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 4:34 pm

Quoting aviatorcraig (Reply 22):

It won't let me. I get a message to take the 'high road'

Its on the NBC Bay Area website.
 
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 6:37 pm

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 24):

This video? http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...don-Flight-Departs--378188701.html

"Aboard that jet, that 787".

Oh Raj and Jess, you should know better!

Tomas SJC
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sat May 07, 2016 8:01 pm

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 25):

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 24):

This video? http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...don-Flight-Departs--378188701.html

"Aboard that jet, that 787".

Oh Raj and Jess, you should know better!

Tomas SJC

Yes. A 747 is a 787 according to them !
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sun May 08, 2016 7:37 pm

Quoting ytraveller (Reply 14):
Air China is approved and will begin flights on June 16.

There are no public news releases regarding SJC service in either SJC's website or Air China's website. Are you sure? I don't think Wikipedia is a very reliable source.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sun May 08, 2016 7:41 pm

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 27):
There are no public news releases regarding SJC service in either SJC's website or Air China's website. Are you sure? I don't think Wikipedia is a very reliable source.

Here is a story that was published about a month ago when approval was received: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-...ts-green-light-launch-flights-from

I don't know if CA has a press release up, but the flights are very much bookable on their website.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sun May 08, 2016 10:31 pm

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 27):

I included the link to Wikipedia because it is usually a safe place to look for which airlines serve an airport. Those airport articles are maintained by aviation enthusiasts (like myself) and for new route launches, a reference is required so you can verify it.

There might not be any press releases yet because (as of March) CA is still awaiting approval from DOT, but they have already opened reservation.

http://airlineroute.net/2016/03/03/ca-pvgsjc-jun16/
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Sun May 08, 2016 11:23 pm

Doing dummy bookings on CA website and other sites, the SJC-PVG is not bookable. Airline routes did show the reservations were open but the flights disappeared shortly afterwards. June 16th is only five weeks from now. That would be an awful short period to open reservations.

Did not mean to high jack this thread as it is obviously off topic.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Mon May 09, 2016 9:43 pm

Quoting tonyban (Reply 26):

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 25):

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 24):

This video? http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...don-Flight-Departs--378188701.html

"Aboard that jet, that 787".

Oh Raj and Jess, you should know better!

Tomas SJC

Yes. A 747 is a 787 according to them !

Probably just reading from a teleprompter. They'll read anything you put on it. Just ask Ron Burgundy.
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Mon May 09, 2016 10:16 pm

Thank you all for further validation on the Air China service!
 
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RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

Wed May 11, 2016 4:11 am

I flew out on the inaugural BA flight last week and just returned on BA279 tonight back into SJC. It was a great service, I think the flight will do well. Tonite's return was about 150 PAX. The crew flying in tonite turns back to LHR on Thursday and indicated that the SJC-LHR segment is overbooked.
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