SFO Welcomes the A380

SAN FRANCISCO International Airport (SFO) welcomed its first regular daily Airbus A380 service on May 10, with the arrival of Lufthansa flight 454 from Frankfurt, Germany.  The A380 will serve the route until October 31 when it will revert to a smaller Boeing 747 for the winter timetable.  The airport’s international terminal, which opened in 2000, was built to handle the giant airliner and has four dual level gates to accommodate it.
On June 6 Air France launched its own A380 connection to SFO with flights from Paris/Charles de Gaulle.  These are set to run until September 6 and should resume using the A380 once more from the 2012 summer timetable.
Airport Director John Martin commented that: “It’s very exciting to have the A380 hereOur growth is coming chiefly in international travel, and the A380 is a perfect fit for that.  We’re up nearly 7% from last year in international passengers.