1. Here’s the news:
Does this airline deal “make sense?” IDK, we’ll see.
But let’s now take the chance to take a look at the hype over Virgin America nine years ago, when the Mayor of SF boasted of the “thousands of jobs” what would come from our “hometown airline.”
Flip to the next page to see that.
2. What else, oh the already-failed Airbus A380, the “green” plane what was “going to change everything.” From 2006:
But no, not at all, not really. Actually, that’s the problem – A380’s aren’t all that efficient.
Now, did it make sense for SFO to prepare for the arrival of the A380 starting 10-20 years ago? IDK, perhaps, since the feds were paying for most of the work. But this plane certainly was not the future of air travel, as should have obvious to anyone a decade ago.
3. What else, oh, QANTAS.
Hey, did this work out? No, not at all. In fact, QANTAS completely abandoned SFO a short time later. It preferred Texas(!) and, of course, Los Angeles, for various reasons.
(And that’s the way it’s been since the 1950’s – QANTAS comes to SFO then starts losing money and then it leaves us and then it comes back to us. This really isn’t under the control of any local Mayors.)
Anyway, that’s how things have gone at SFO the past decade.