coming to you live from the open house at SFO’s soon-to-be-opened Terminal 3E, this mostly-United flyer can say with absolute certainty that it will be a welcome upgrade from the existing Boarding Area F. the look, while not as open and airy (though again, so much better than the existing) is very reminiscent of Terminal 2, which was also designed by Gensler, especially in terms of furniture (egg chairs!). there are great dining options, much better seating areas with a variety of groupings, lots of plugs everywhere, and more natural (and natural-looking) light. i’m interested to see how well it performs with a widebody passenger load at a gate, though, since it seems like the areas are not that big. (also, the bathrooms are most definitely an upgrade, though i didn’t take pictures in there for what i hope are obvious reasons!)
finally, a terminal i’m excited to fly out of!
and like any open house, SO MUCH SWAG. (i got a USB thingamajiggy that i forgot to include, too.)
Ok I'm done. I didn't even stop for all the swag. Lol. #sfot3e pic.twitter.com/Vkf8eZBGud
— Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) January 25, 2014
Neat! I didn’t stop for the swag. I like how the store options will complement already existing shops at T3.
The TSA Pre line at ~ 1pm was so short, I wished I was going somewhere. T3E shares the security line with T3 according to thebat-sf.
Interestingly, there seemed to be reduced amount of advertising space on the concourse walls due to how streamlined and modern it was. Maybe they’ll put some in along the T3-T3E corridor?
You know how you can buy cameras at NRT and phones in SIN? Why oh why does Westfield Valley Fair Mall rate not only high street designers, but also Apple, Microsoft, HTC, and Samsung stores/showcases and SFO basically sticks visitors with TechShowcase which seems even less interesting to browse than Radio Shack? A Tesla would totally fit in the terminal, too, so people who are visiting can get a look-see (I’ve heard that they’re not as common outside the Bay Area)
I wonder if they are relocating the premier lobby from the other end of T3? But I totally agree that they could have some more intriguing retail options!