PlaneFan From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1983 times:
I know that AA is phasing out the F100 on all routes. Does anyone know the minimum runway length a 738 needs for takeoff/landing? I saw a 738 at HPN recently and was pleasantly surprised. I know that the main runway used for jets at HPN is 6548 ft.
I presumed that with the AA F100 phase-out, it would be all regionals there from ORD (as United has already moved to from 733's/735's) but was very happy to see some 738 service as well as regionals from AA.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1950 times:
AA kept the 738 on two of the six daily HPN-ORD flights because of high F class demand. The original plan was to have 4 daily M80s and 2 daily 738s, but because of aircraft allocation issues, they had to put CRJ-700s instead of the M80s. There are rumours that a daily MIA-HPN 738 flight may be started in the future...
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1941 times:
Is the 738 the largest airliner to serve HPN?
I think that an HPN-MIA flight would be a winner....people in Westchester would certainly pay premium fares to fly out of convenient HPN, and most have the money to do it. Didn't Air Florida fly from HPN to Florida at one point....its surprising that no carrier is now flying between HPN and Florida destinations as there certainly is demand. I realize that HPN is a difficult airport (or should I say, the neighboring communities are difficult), but HPN-Florida service seems like a given.
LY4XELD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 851 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1925 times:
I used to live across the Hudson River in the flight path for HPN. I'm sure noise issues are a major factor in choosing a/c that fly into the area. Greenwich residents and those in the expensive areas around HPN have a large influence on what goes in and out of HPN.
I saw many F100's flying overhead, but not the 738s...but now I live in DFW and can see all the AA jets I want
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1921 times:
The runway at HPN is in the area of 6500 ft (I can't remember the exact length- kinda pathetic as I flew out of there for 8-odd years) but I have seen Trump's 721 there as well as numerous BBJs, so I would presume it is long enough- especially for a flight to ORD.
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1860 times:
Wow!!! I totally forgot about Air Florida flew to HPN many years ago. You were right! God, I can't remember where they fly from HPN to Florida nonstop. I think maybe TPA or MCO. I'm not sure. I have a lot old timetables any airline in my basement I still don't know if I have there. I'll look for it this weekend.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1366 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
LGA is only 500 feet longer and they handle widebodies and as mentioned, MDW's runways are 6400' and they handle 738s and 753s on a regular basis. AND how about SNA (5700 feet)! 757s and 73G galore from that runway...no problem! AND many long haul flights, too!
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4657 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
After Air Florida folded, the original Midway (ML) bought the assets (737s, gate space, etc.). For what ever reason, HPN didn't want Midway serving the airport. I think it wound up in court as part of the bankruptcy proceedings, and I seem to recall that the judge slammed the airport authority. So ML wound up flying the 737-200s to Florida, as well as MDW.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1708 times:
"There are rumors that a daily MIA-HPN 738 flight may be started in the future..."
I doubt AA or any airline will fly nonstop to Florida from HPN because there is a 900 mile perimeter rule. ORD is just over this mileage and is allowed.
This rule was part of the agreement with Westchester County and the NIMBY’s who live in the adjacent towns when the airlines fought to operate from HPN. This was to prevent airlines from flying trans cons from HPN.
The Air Florida flights to FLL were not non-stops. I was on a couple of these flights in the early 1980’s and they stopped in DCA and JAX,
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1689 times:
doubt AA or any airline will fly nonstop to Florida from HPN because there is a 900 mile perimeter rule. ORD is just over this mileage and is allowed.
There is a perimeter rule, but if AA presented a case, then it could be bypassed, just like it is for O'Hare. I don't think MIA-HPN is on AA's priority list, but it's a big market from HPN (the O&D numbers don't show because most travelers perfer to take a non-stop from LGA or JFK), and would do very well for them.
If AA came out with a serious proposal to fly a daily HPN-MIA 738 service, I can see them being able to get around the perimeter rule if they were to present a good proposal to the community. I fly between MIA/FLL and HPN often, and I'm not the only one that would love to see such a service.
Lat41 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 447 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
I am not familiar with the perimeter rule in place, but whomever imposed it or devised it knew exactly what they wanted to fit inside and outside the circle for sure.
As far as the runway goes at White Plains, as long as it's not too hot and humid, the aircraft is not carrying too much freight and mail and fuel in addition to its passenger load, 6450' is plenty for that aircraft and many others even a 757 to travel 900 miles. It's amazing to look at some of the long segments that are operated by different carriers from BUR and SNA for instance with 6500' and 5700' runways, albeit with some weight management, I'm sure.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 10 Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
AA will not get their way if they wanted to fly HPN-MIA nonstop. The perimeter rule is a county law, and another law has a maximum of 240 passengers per half hour for airline arrivals, that’s not actual passenger count, but the number of seats on the airplanes. At present all the arrival quotas are taken for larger aircraft but with NW and UA replacing mainline jets with RJ’s there is probably room for a couple more RJ flights during the day.
HPN abuts some very wealthy communities, including Greenwich CT, one of the most affluent towns in the US. The NIMBY’s around HPN have a very powerful voice, are well funded and have made life miserable for HPN operations. There has been a movement for over 30 years by some NIMBY’s and local politicians to close HPN completely and turn it into a park.
While the present county executive is not pro airport, he is no Chicago Mayor Daly either and realizes how important HPN is to Westchester County’s economy, but he is on record for not allowing any more airline flights or physical expansion of the airport. Some NIMBY’s fear that if the airlines had their way, HPN would become another LGA
On the other hand some of the largest corporations in the US base their corporate jets at HPN and have told the county that the only reason their headquarters are in the area is because of their easy access to HPN, with about half the corporations based just over the border in Connecticut from Greenwich to Stamford and Norwalk. So there is economic pressure from the corporations to keep HPN open. GE, because of the NIMBY’s was not allowed to build a new hangar for their BBJ’s and moved their operations to a new hangar at Stewart Intl. Airport, but they still kept and use their old hangar at HPN.
There are no flight restrictions on corporate aircraft flight operations other than a nighttime curfew and they routinely fly from HPN to the west coast and Europe nonstop from HPN.
It took the county almost 20 years to be able to replace the old World War 2 Quonset hut that was the airline terminal with a new terminal. The NIMBY’s held up construction with numerous lawsuits and the county was forced to reduce the size of the terminal and the aircraft gate area which limits the size of the aircraft the airlines can operate into HPN before they got approval. Another part of the agreement limits the gates to 4, and not all have jetways
The NIMBY’s also prevented the airport from cutting down tall trees that were just off the end of runway 29, the small runway. The trees are on private property in Greenwich CT and the airport is in New York so the property owner turned to the Connecticut courts to successfully block the airport from cutting the trees on his property, totally disregarding the fact that the FAA recommended the trees be cut down in the name of safety. Because of this Runway 29 now has a displaced threshold limiting its landing operations to small airplanes.
Lat41 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 447 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1450 times:
HPN sounds like Providence! The NIMBYS hope to bleed it or impede it any way they can and blame any host of social and mental and physical ills they can on the airport. Politicians love the lightening rod they get from an airport in their midst and pander to this crowd.