CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4494 times:
I know that F28s used to fly into EYW many years ago, but to see a 737 land at Key West is amazing, considering the 4800ft runway.
I was at Key West airport waiting to pick my grandparents up at about 5:30. They were coming in on a bus and so I was at the bus terminal which has an elevated walkway about ten feet high with a decent view of the runway. Anyways, I wanted to watch the CR7 take off for Atlanta while I waited. I hear the loud sound of engines so I figured that it was the ATL flight. No, it was a 737-300, registration N253DV, owned by the Orlando Magic (information from an airport security gaurd- don't kill the messenger ) rolling down the runway after landing. Apparently the team owner, who owns a restaurant down here, brought a bunch of people to wine and dine them for a few days.
A few minutes later my grandparents arrived, I raced home, got my camera, and raced back to the airport trying to beat the fading light. (I know...I should have had a camera at the airport anyways... ). I shot several pictures thanks to a friendly Cape Air employee who allowed me to go out onto their boarding deck to take pictures. I also have a couple good pics, taken through a fence for a different angle. I'll try to submit them to the sight within a couple days, tonight if I have the time. I am not sure how long the B737 will be down here, but it looks like it will be staying at least overnight, and hopefully as long as the owner is down here.
Nobody else down here would really understand how I feel right now, but I am sure most of you will. I only wish I could have seen that thing on approach.
MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
Delta (actually ASA) flies CRJ700's into Key West, correct? Forgive me for not knowing this, but what is the typical amount of runway needed for a 733? How about a 727? In other words, is a 733 down there really pushing it, or is it fairly easy to land and take off on that length of runway?
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4351 times:
Delta -ASA- does fly the CRJ-700 into Key West three times a day, but with take-off weight restrictions. In an article in our local newspaper it said the CR7 would only be allowed to carry a max of 65 passengers on each flight during the cooler months, and even fewer during the hot months, possibly as low as 48.
As for larger aircraft I don't know about runway requirements for a fully loaded 733, but with a lighter load, which this aircraft will be handling, it shouldn't be a problem as long as the pilots do whatever they need to do to adjust to the shorter runway. When the 727s and F28s flew into EYW about 15 years ago the runway was actually 4600 ft, and I know those things were under strict weight restrictions. I believe there is an airport in Alaska with a 3500ft runway that handles Alaska Airlines 732s, so a 737 in general can perform on short runways.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4344 times:
When I used to work for Air Florida eons ago, we ran 737-200s down to EYW as scheduled service. The 4,800' runway entailed some restrictions, like only sending a -15 or -17 powered aircraft, landing at flaps-40, and diverting back to MIA (or not departing from there at all) if the EYW runway was wet.
As far as a 737-300 goes, given that this is an even more powerful version of the the 737 than is the 737-200, and further, that this was a non-airline version carrying fewer and weighing less, it would have no problem whatsoever in getting in/out of EYW.
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4014 times:
It is ASA that flies from Atlanta to Key West. Comair operated the Orlando flights with CRJs (40 pax version), but those have now been switched to Chautauqua Airlines ERJ-135s. Comair no longer serves EYW, but their logo is still at the Delta Connection check-in counter, along with ASA and Chautauqua, and it is also still on a few DL Connection vehicles.