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The 747 In The UK  
User currently offlineApplepie81 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Which UK airports are capable of handling pax flights with the 747 alongside normal operations without causing disruption.

From what i know, they are..........

Belfast International
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Cardiff
East Midlands
Edinburgh
Gatwick
Glasgow
Heathrow
Humberside
Leeds/Bradford
Liverpool
Luton
Manchester
Manston
Newcastle
Prestwick
Stansted
Teesside

......but is there anymore?

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User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2963 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

I wish they'd try it in London-City...

That would be fun!



Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4498 times:
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If a 747 tried to land at LCY it would end up bulldozing Canary Wharf!



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

Farnborough?


Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

Didn't a 747 go to St Mawgan (Newquay) a little while ago? (Mil, but with civil ops)

Also, although they are exclusively mil, what about Brize Norton and Lakenheath?



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User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Was it Southend that HeavyLift or Air Foyle used to operate out of? Just checked the "London Southend Airport" site and apparently Vulcans, Hercules and Belfasts have operated from its 1605m long runway, is this long enough for a 747 to operate from (LBAs main runway is 2200m)?

Others that spring to mind are Aberdeen, Norwich and Coventry but just thoughts rather than anything definite. Are there any other joint military/civilian runways, in the Scottish Islands for example? Could sites that handle civilian traffic (or have done as I don't know their current status), such as Filton and Woodford, handle a 747?


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19182 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4210 times:

"Didn't a 747 go to St Mawgan (Newquay) a little while ago?"

I don't know it's precise length, but NQY's runway is pretty long, because of its military connections.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

N E 1 tried landing the 747 in FS


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19182 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4144 times:

According to a government website, NQY's runway is 2,700 metres in length. "The main runway is long enough to operate most wide-body aircraft without restriction and is the largest at any of the principal airports in the South West." Indeed, its runway length is 347 metres less than MAN's runway 06R/24L (at 3047 metres) and 287 metres less than PIK's runway 13/31 (at 2987 metres). In contrast, it's 95 metres longer than BHX's runway 15/33 (at 2,605 metres) and 346 metres longer than CWL's runway 12/30 (at 2,354 metres).


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

I Doubt the 747 could operate in or out of Southend

the runways is short with (I believe) power lines at one end and a church at the other.

In the 80's they had 737 holiday charters but because of the weight restrictions they had to make a fuel stop on the outbound leg.

Aircraft like the 757 have flown their for maintenance but usually depart empty.

You haven't mentioned Exeter which can handle Concorde so might just be able to handle an empty 747 also possible the isle of man, or Jersey


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24899 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Coventry, Aberdeen, Southend, Isle of Man and Jersey wouldnt be able to handle a 747 at all.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

Some to add... albeit a little off topic

Milldenhall
Filton
Bruntingthorpe
Fairford
Kemble

All definitely visited by 747, though in the case of Bruntingthorpe and Kemble, only on the way to the scrap merchant

I'd agree with XXXX10 about SEN... no chance! CVT is the same, runway too short, ABZ and NWI are possibilities as is EXT...I remember seeing a L1011 there being very very carefully marshalled off the runway...



I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineApplepie81 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

How many 747's at one time can these handle then?

Belfast International
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Cardiff
East Midlands
Edinburgh
Gatwick
Glasgow
Heathrow
Humberside
Leeds/Bradford
Liverpool
Luton
Manchester
Manston
Newcastle
Prestwick
Stansted
Teesside


User currently offlineSpeedbirdEGJJ From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

The largest frequent visitors to jersey are 757's operated by the Uk charter carriers to to usaul places PMI/IBZ etc etc.

The largest ever movement was a British Airways L1011 which was used to pick up the pieces after sever fog - (could have done with one twice this week).

Definately no 747 ops though!!


User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

I would think that for many smaller airports the limiting factor would be passenger safety in and around the terminals rather than the number of 747s that could actually be parked. Manchester, for example, coped with the sudden influx of traffic for the Champions League Final, I doubt that the facilities at LBA, HUY, MME, etc could handle the thousands of extra passengers a significant number of jumbos would bring.

I guess you'd need to know how many check-in desks there are at each airport, how many passengers per hour they can process and try guesstimating the answer from there (assuming they were all to take-off again at about the same time). The same would go for baggage handling, re-claim etc for the arriving passengers. The Leeds/Bradford site does have a map/plan showing all the stands, taxiways etc, it's under pilot information. Is each stand big enough to hold the largest plane the airport can handle or would a 747 take up two (or more) stands at somewhere like LBA?


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19182 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Don't forget that Barra, that major airport, can handle 747s.  Wink/being sarcastic


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

What about Cambridge, they handle big jets for mx

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

I disagree completely,

The vast majority of airports could not handle 747 passenger operations along side normal services without causing disruption.

Alot of the airports aren't even commercial airports, don't have terminals or have only small terminals and limited apron space. Sure, its technically possible for a 747 to land and takeoff at these places, but off-loading/boarding passengers, fuelling and taking off are all difficult.

With the exception of those airports who already have, or used to have regular 747 passenger services, very few if any of those airports could operate a service without any disruption, or at all.


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