I'm loving all of the PR discussion and thanks to everyone chipping in. It sounds like there are a few options for them to make their way into SAN. I hadn't seen the application before so, after some GoogleFu, I did manage to find the application folder: https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=DOT-OST-2008-0015-0001&fp=true&ns=true
(I can't find any new applications from PR for regular service to the US.)
There's nothing incredibly interesting in the application or any of the docket items included. There's a letter of support from the Authority and from one local business. I'll note that, in the 2008 application, that the proposed service via YVR would have been 3x weekly. Absent other information, that's probably the frequency we'd see at the start of any PR service.
I know WK is using the seasonal air service incentive. Does anyone know if there are air service incentives currently available and unclaimed for non-seasonal service? It's nearly a decade later but, as far as I can tell (there's no mention of incentives in the application or in the Authority's letter of support), PR was willing to start the service without incentives before. Having some available now would only sweeten the prospect.
One last thing (I think.) I believe I remember that a couple of years ago, LH was being talked about and it was said at the time that they only had 1 a/c that they could use for SAN-service, the A350, and they weren’t coming to town because that a/c would not work here. That may have been when the mysterious A350 markings appeared on the tarmac… I’m sure it something to do with climb-out issues, or wingspan problems or … Now that I think about it, perhaps similar things were written about WK and the fact that they have a special fleet of 1 or 2 A340s that they can use for SAN-service, and their other a/c – including some flavor of the A350? -- are not suitable for SAN.
The last I saw of the markings discussion was in this very thread in last January with Scooter
reporting the A350 markings. I wonder if they're still there. I could have sworn I read something about other striping changes, including for the Superjet, but I can't seem to find the thread/post discussing that. WK is getting a couple more 343s (total of 4) so that should help with their operations here. Their 333s don't work for SAN-ZRH and they aren't slated to get any A350s.
I've seen the Edelweiss A340 do it's sloooooow climb, I guess the other air carriers have to be
convinced that it can be done. I'll bet LH observed Edelweiss and decided an A340 will work at SAN which
is the reason they're sending an A340 our way.
I think all of LH's A350s are presently based at MUC rather than FRA so that could have a factor too.
I've been looking but am unable to find any recent, clear, detailed plans or depictions of exactly how the new FIS facilities are laid out. There are the original plans issued back in early 2017 but they weren't real clear, for example, as to what the arriving pax flow will be from exiting the airplane to when the pax leave FIS-space. I know there are 3 different levels (floors) involved and, I think, 2 baggage claim units, but I'm still not clear.
I've tried to piece the passenger flow together over the past few days and this is the best I can tell. Arriving passengers will ascend to the third level using one of three new sets of escalators/elevators (one for each pair of gates, 46-47, 48-49, and 50-51). On level three, they walk down corridors and meet the Automated Passport Kiosks in an area between the Sunset Cove and Gate 49. Then, they'll cross over the concourse (walking towards the bay), descend two levels to ground level, and reclaim their bags former Claims 7 and 8 and meet customs agents. It would make sense for the exits to the curb from that section be closed. Instead, passengers would be directed west towards a newly constructed meet-greet area and exit. It looks like new lounge and, maybe, hold room, space is being added too. That'd probably help with all the people hanging out in the west concourse.