SFO Departures

Old Jul 20, 19, 10:15 am
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SFO Departures

Hello all,

I’m an SFO based traveler so pretty familiar with typical departure runways.

I’ve noticed now, a handful of times...and it may be more, that the KLM SFO-AMS flight departing around 14.00 (747 or 787, depending on the day I have seen it) uses Runway 1 L/R instead of 28 L/R. In my experience, typically the domestic departures use 1 L/R and international using 28 L/R, departing over Daly City and Pacifica before turning right to go back over SF (on a European routing).

I haven’t noticed the 16.30 departure..but I’m not usually arriving/departing at that time.

Anyone know why the KLM flight goes out on 1 L/R?

many thanks in advance



Last edited by coxm; Jul 20, 19 at 10:17 am Reason: Fixed the turn direction over Pacifica
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Old Jul 20, 19, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by coxm View Post
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Anyone know why the KLM flight goes out on 1 L/R?
I guess you mean why does ATC assign them this runway?

KL doesn't get to choose which runway it departs from.
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Old Jul 20, 19, 10:42 am
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Yes, I understand that, but it seems to be the only one I notice.

Just curious if if anyone knew.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:53 am
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SFO is an odd duck. Usually visibility dictates runway use at SFO. I'd love to get some background on it -- perhaps ask in the United forum as it's their hub.
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