Looking west from the 101:
Ten miles and 12 minutes to the north, looking west from the 101
Shouldn’t they point in the same direction?
I was headed on down to SiliValley on bidness yesterday and what did I see but this huge C5 Galaxyheading north out of San Francisco International. At first I thought it was an old C141 Starlifter, but no, upon further review, it appears to be a C5 of some sort. Now, I’ve seen military aircraft at Honolulu International HNL (in Hawaii of course, where you can’t drive to the Costco without getting intermixed with active duty military humvees), but never at SFO.
Anyway, you can’t have an Air Force One without a cargo plane or two to come with, right?
Here’s the outside of the flying presidential garage, just after takeoff. It’s a living:
The T-tail is your clue that this isn’t a regular old Boeing or Airbus jumbo. Click to expand
And this is what it looks like from the inside.
Look for photos of Obama’s visit on SFist.com – they’ll be sure to have some shots and reports posted in a timely fashion.
Popular Virgin America is still generally losing money, but they have some stuff to crow about. Check it, below.
Appears as if they’ll fly right through our Great Recession.
All the deets:
Virgin America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Financial Results
Start-up Airline Reports Strong Performance in Second Full Year of Operations
SAN FRANCISCO, April 22– Virgin America, the award-winning start-up airline, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2009. While driving growth against the backdrop of a contracting industry, the start-up airline made significant top line progress in its second full year of operations. For full year 2009, Virgin America reported a $48 million operating loss on revenues of $548 million – a $140 million (or 74 percent) year-over-year improvement over 2008. In 2009, the Company also reported its first quarterly operating profit in the third quarter.
Although the revenue and demand environment remained challenging in the final quarter of 2009, Virgin America reported strong revenue performance, industry-leading load factors, and improved unit costs for the fourth quarter. The airline narrowed its operating loss by $11 million year-over-year in the fourth quarter, improving its operating margin by 10.9 points. Virgin America also reported a 47 percent increase in scheduled service capacity year-over-year.
Ever more deets, after the jump
Phone books – they’re useless, right? What are they good for? Absolutely nothing. I’ll say it again. Hooot! Absolutely nothing.
So let’s hear it for Dr. Leland Yee, Ph.D, Assistant Senate President pro Tempore Extraordinaire, the fightingest Senator in California, as he takes on the Telephone Book Industry on behalf of The People.
A brief wait on the doorstep for a few days until someone puts all these things into the recycling:
Your days are numbered, you mandatory telephone books.
Read all about it:
San Mateo County Leaders and Environmental Advocates Call for Consumer Choice on White Pages
Yee and Papan: Mandatory delivery of white pages wastes paper, energy, and scarce local government resources
SACRAMENTO – Following the successful efforts of Cleveland, Ohio and Miami, Florida, California could become the largest jurisdiction to give telephone customers a choice in receiving the white pages directory. Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and Millbrae Councilwoman Gina Papan announced they will pursue state legislation to prohibit telephone companies from delivering the white pages unless the customer opts-in to receiving it.
“The requirement that phone companies must deliver the white pages comes from an era before the internet and other means of obtaining phone numbers,” said Yee. “At a time when Californians are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we should give them that choice, particularly when very few customers still use the white pages.”
“Ending the unnecessary distribution of the white pages is a step forward that we can take at the local level to address the global issue of climate change. I am proud to take the lead on this issue to help save the environment and reduce local recycling costs,” said Millbrae City Councilmember Gina Papan. “I would like to thank Senator Yee for his responsiveness in taking on this important legislation on our behalf.”
All the deets, after the jump