Posts Tagged ‘attendants’

It’s Finally Happening: Emirates Airlines Launches Daily Airbus A380 Superjumbo Service Between SFO and Dubai December 1st

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Well I just saw a banner ad, so consider that confirmation that, as of December 1st, 2014*, Emirates is finally offering daily flights to and from Dubai out of SFO on its shower-stall equipped** Airbus A380 double-decker superjumbos.

So, chalk that up as a victory for SFO.

Here’s your Emirates A380, equipped with a horseshoe bar in the back, upstairs, for Business and First Class passengers only:

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It was back in 2008 that Emirates brought a then-new A380 to town, to show it off. Get all the deets on that visit right here.

But, IRL, they ended up using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER twinjet instead. When asked, the Emirates people said they were “considering” the A380 for daily flights to and from SFO. Well, six years later, the day has come.

Oh, here’s my take on SFO + A380 readiness right here. IMO, the A380 was, is, and will continue to be Just Another Airplane. Sorry.

Oh well.

*The writer is saying that the new, longer-range A380′s are lighter?  Uh, I think he should have said heavier instead. More fuel = more range, right? That’s the case here. It’s still a very heavy aircraft, one that’s still heavier than designed…

**What happens to your used shower water after your five-minute-max spritz is over? Emirates wanted to dump it out in-flight but I don’t think they got permission to do that. So, there’s a holding tank that gets emptied out after landing. So, Emirates needs to burn more fuel to carry a useless load of soapy water waste water. Not too “green,” huh? Oh well.

That New Whole Foods in Haight Ashbury is Actually Working Pretty Good Already

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Well, looks as if Whole Foods is doing fine in the 94117 these days since opening last week. Everybody seems happy and the long-promised free samples are flowing like what you’d see at Costco on a Saturday afternoon. Take a peek, why not?
 
But what’s this, the everyday price for a can of black beans is less than a dollar? Quelle surprise!
 
Now, here’s a scene you’ll just have to get used to: an aging, go-to-hell Volvo blocking a new Toyota Prius on Stanyan while waiting to get into the lot:

But three parking lot attendants (seems a bit overstaffed but whatever) and a uniformed security guard seemed to have things under control when I dropped by. 
 
(Shoplifters will have a tougher time practicing their craft at this super as compared to the predecessor, one might guess)
 
Bon Courage Whole Foods Haight Ashbury!

Emirates Airlines’ New Superjumbo Airbus A380 Arrives at SFO

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

 

Here it is, the latest runway model from Emirates Airlines - the Airbus A380-800, complete with lounges and showers. It’s new, it’s you!

If you’ve never heard of Emirates, you’re not alone. But they’re growing like crazy and they’ll soon become a choice for international travel from the Bay Area. And you’ll be flying in style, in an old-school way. There was no “cattle-car” environment aboard yesterday when this fully-equipped aircraft arrived at SFO.

Watch the video, you’ll see. And check out Wired’s report also. O.K., let’s go.

The largest aircraft ever to come to SFO immediately gets hazed with water canon. Its wings, built larger than necessary in anticipation of the stretched A380-900 model, have an organic gull-wing look. Click to enlarge:

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The new Airbus taxis at SFO, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in the background. 22 huge Goodrich tires help ease the load on runways. 

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Look at this – three ways to get on the plane. It’s taking a while for Los Angeles to get their A380 program going. So much so, that Qantas had to lay down the law to LAX. Could Qantas come here to the bay area instead?

“SFO is the first U.S. airport with the built-in capacity to conveniently handle these kinds of passenger planes,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a prepared statement. “We are ready for the future of international air travel – which is of great benefit to Bay Area businesses and residents as well as visitors.”

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A380 Chief Pilot, Captain Abbas Shaban, pulls up to the newly-embiggened Gate 9 in the International Wing. SFO’s Jim Chiu says that San Francisco is already able to handle three A380 superjumbos at once

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The aforementioned Captain Abbas Shaban, having just arrived from New York

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A news conference question about air service to Africa from the award-winning BeyondChron.com.

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A random shot from the news conference. Do you like these uniforms? Is this a pillbox hat?

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All right, all aboard the new plane - let’s go for a ride, after the jump

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Coca Cola Versus a Fierce and Foxy Black Woman – Your Genocide Olympics 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

News of the day:

Chinese torch officials have been warned their paramilitary “flame attendants” will be arrested and hauled away if they touch an Australian during the torch relay. 

So that’s clear. There’ll be no manhandling Down Under in the name of “protecting the sacred flame” or whatever job description these Men in Blue have.  

But check out this scene on the streets of San Francisco a few weeks back - at least one member of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) got in a physical altercation with an American citizen, Majora Carter.

Apparently, the handler (a Chinese woman who sits in a car and issues commands via radio) of these so-called “goons” didn’t get the message they weren’t to assault Americans during the visit to San Francisco. Wonder why…

Desmond Tutu, Richard Gere, and Majora Carter all happy as clams under the watchful eyes of Fake Bono during a pre torch-relay shindig in San Francisco

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mcdolley via Flickr

Anyway, Coke now takes a dim view of the activist they recruited for the torch relay:

A Coca-Cola spokesman, Kelly Brooks, said, “It’s unfortunate that Ms. Carter used an invitation to participate in the torch relay as a platform to make a personal political statement. We firmly believe the Olympics are a force for good that celebrates the best in sports, and we are proud to support the Beijing 2008 Olympics.”

Were the 1936 Olympics “a force for good” also? It seems Coke might have had hand in that fiasco as well.  We’ll all just have to ponder that one.

But it turns out that Majora signed a “code of conduct” that prohibited torchbearers from displaying political or religious signs.

So what’s Coke’s next move? Extradition to Atlanta, Georgia? Rendition to Beijing? How are they going to make Majora pay for speaking out, because after all, you know, she signed a piece of paper.

The world wonders.