747 in SAN?


#1

My 7 year old son is infatuated with 747s. We live in San Diego and I don’t remember ever seeing one at the airport here, and I though I read the runway is too short.

Does anyone know if 747s fly out of SAN these days? If not I assume the closest would be LAX?

Thanks.


#2

A 747 can fly out of San but it would probably be weight restricted. Yes the closest place with regular 747 service is lax.


#3

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#4

Some photos of B747s at KSAN on Airliners.net

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?aircraft_genericsearch=%3Dboeing%5C+747*&airlinesearch=&countrysearch=-+San+Diego±+Int.+%2F+Lindbergh+Field+%28SAN+%2F+KSAN%29&specialsearch=&keywords=&sort_order=photo_id+desc&page_limit=15&daterange=&range=&thumbnails=&engine_version=6.0


#5

Air Force One landed there in November for that basketball game on the aircraft carrier. Too bad he missed that one.


#6

The problem for any airline to fly 747’s out of SAN is that a 747 has more than 300-400 seats. That is a lot of passengers to sell. There is not enough passengers needed to fill a 747 to fly out of SAN profitably.

So the reason really is not operational, but economical.


#7

The San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos area as of the 2010 census had a population of 3.1 million. Tijuana across the border has 1.3 million. That’s 4.4 million.

Tijuana has a lot of manufactures. San Diego is a major tourist destination.

I think the reason for the lack of 747 service at SAN is because more airlines are using twin engine aircraft. The 777 holds nearly as much as a 747. British’s 747 hold just over 300 while its 777-200 holds just under 300.