San Francisco International Airport
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- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
China Eastern Airlines
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Nippon Cargo Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways
XL Airways France
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Aer Lingus
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Air Tahiti Nui
China Southern Airlines
CSA Czech Airlines
LOT - Polish Airlines
South African Airways
San Francisco International Airport is the major international gateway to San Francisco, and the largest airport serving in California's Bay Area. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 30 airlines, the airport is a major hub for United Airlines and Virgin America.
Location of San Francisco International Airport, United States
Ground Handlers servicing San Francisco International Airport
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There are 103 A380s in service as of early May-2013. Emirates has 33 and Singapore Airlines has 19, so when assessing network scheduling, these two and their hubs predominate: of the 1,048 weekly A380 flights, 402 are from Emirates alone. Dubai and Singapore airport see the most A380 flights.
But there are some less predictable statistics. The airport to see the most A380 operators is Hong Kong followed by Paris and Los Angeles. The largest A380 destination that is not (yet) an A380-hub is London Heathrow. The UK and USA are the most common A380 destinations after Australia, Singapore and the UAE. Asia, not the Middle East, sees the most A380 flights; South America sees none. Guangzhou-Shanghai Pudong is the shortest A380 route at 1,202km while Los Angeles-Melbourne is the longest at 12,751km. Qantas and Lufthansa have the highest average sector length while Thai Airways is placing the most number of cycles – about two – on its aircraft per day. Qantas and Air France are placing the least (just over one).
The North American market continues to outperform for Chinese airlines, a result of high demand and more limited competition than on European routes. In addition to Air China's forthcoming Beijing-Houston service, the carrier will add another four weekly services to New York JFK. A decade ago Air China had only a three times weekly Beijing-New York service, reflecting the rise of China as both a country and aviation market.
Air China's 2013 capacity to North America will be 183% greater than in 2003 and is quickly closing in on United Airlines' position as the largest carrier between North America and China.
In China it is not just the flagship and government-preferred Air China looking to expand. Hainan Airlines last year announced a Beijing-Chicago service to start in Mar-2013 with Boeing 787s. Following delayed Chinese certification of the 787 – which was stalling well before the aircraft's Jan-2013 grounding – Hainan has pushed the launch back to Sep-2013 and plans, for now, to operate the service with A330-200s.
The route marks the first high-profile long-haul route for Hainan Airlines, which has faced route restrictions as the government seeks to protect incumbents.
Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is tweaking its US operations after making an aggressive push into transborder markets in 2011 in the aftermath of Mexicana's collapse. The airline is cutting flights from Guadalajara to San Diego, a route it launched a little over a year ago in May-2011, and is suspending Mexico City to Oakland at least temporarily, as it evaluates switching those flights to San Francisco. At the same time Volaris is growing its domestic network, with a particular push from its third largest base in Guadalajara.
Mexico's four remaining major carriers – Aeromexico, Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus – seized on the opportunities created by the collapse of Mexicana in Aug-2010. Initially the four carriers expanded domestically but in early 2011 began expanding in US markets. Expansion in the US in the immediate aftermath of Mexicana's collapse was not possible due to US FAA Category 1 restrictions, but these were lifted at the end of 2010 when the FAA upgraded Mexico back to a Category 1 safety rating.
Air New Zealand is nearing a conclusion of a restructure of its loss-making long-haul network. At the peak of losses in the six months to 30-Jun-2011, the operation lost in excess of NZD1 million (USD833,700) a week. While the losses were exacerbated by high fuel prices and weakened demand from the Feb-2011 Christchurch earthquake and the Mar-2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, ANZ has seen the entrance of price-aggressive long-haul carriers that give reason to strategically enhance its position across all markets.
CEO Rob Fyfe has said no long-haul market has been significantly positive or negative, unlike with Qantas’ Aug-2011 restructure in which losses had been heavy in Europe and Asia. Adjustments to the long-haul network, some already implemented with others to be announced in coming weeks, comprise adjusting frequency and capacity to existing and new routes, working with partners, bolstering ancillary revenue and evaluating aircraft capacity as well as fare and product structure.
New Cebu Pacific long-haul operation could push out Philippine Airlines but may require hybrid model
The new plan from leading low-cost Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific to offer long-haul services from 3Q2013 represents not just the fourth low-cost long-haul operation in Asia, but the first time such a carrier has potential to force a full-service rival – Philippine Airlines (PAL) – out of business.
Cebu Pacific will benefit from the Philippines’ extremely price sensitive market that has seen LCCs achieve a staggering 80% share of the domestic market and a fast-growing share of the regional international market. Demand for low-cost long-haul services will come primarily from the large visiting friends and relative (VFR) and migrant worker market. But Cebu’s new low-cost long-haul operation will also benefit from growing tourism and potentially the ability to transfer passengers over a geographically convenient hub if Cebu decides to stray from its original point-to-point model.
While PAL is the nation’s sole long-haul carrier, its lack of global alliance membership, relatively small domestic operation and higher cost base create low barriers for entry. National sentiment for Asia’s oldest airline may run high, but as seen in the Philippines’ domestic market, passengers vote with wallets.
Virgin America will continue its strategy of targeting fortress hubs with service to Philadelphia commencing in Apr-2012 from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Virgin America will take approximately one-quarter market share on both routes at the main expense of Philadelphia's hub carrier, US Airways. Philadelphia is a key step in the development of Virgin America's network as it will give the carrier service to all five of the largest metropolitan areas in the US and eight of the top 10, with only Atlanta and Houston still missing from its network but likely to be added before the end of 2012.
Virgin America's first flights to Philadelphia, its 17th city, will arrive on 05-Apr-2012 with double daily service from Los Angeles on the carrier's 137-seat A320s. A third daily frequency will be added on 01-May-2012. Services from Virgin America's San Francisco hub commence 10-Apr-2012 with one daily frequency, increasing to double daily on 01-May-2012.