Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1690 times:
The A300 isn't certified to operate into Skiathos - so it would never have been that type in any case.
Air Scandic's website is surprisingly helpful in this respect, all Manchester short-haul flights are due to be operated on Finnair B757s this summer. All Standsted and East Midlands flights are due to be on MD-83s.
The A300s are gone and not coming back - from now on Air Scandic appear to be planning on using other airlines' aircraft and flightdeck crews and just providing their own cabin crew.
With these type of leases aircraft are frequently rotated for maintenance/operational reasons with other members of the lessor's fleet - fot that reason (and no doubt cost too) Air Scandic do not even apply decals to wet-leased aircraft.
TFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
Your certainly right about their website, it looks like its rather old and improperly designed. Not much compaired to other small airlines.. anyhow, I've not seen the Scandic A300's at MAN for a while..... last time i noted was November 2nd 04.
Not only is it short (1684m/5526ft) the runway is also very narrow at 30m width against a standard width of 45m. Even with turning circles at both ends the A300 would struggle to make the 180 deg turn to line up - it's tight for a B757!
Eilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1569 times:
The A300s seem to have been transferred to Turkish. I don't know whether MNG is the registered owned any longer. I'd expect them to have a long life, they're practically new anyhow (del. 1984). One should appreciate the fact that they are the oldest modern A300 widebodies (2-man cockpit) in active duty worldwide. http://www.airliners.net/open.file/751849/M/
Air Scandic will be operating leased Finnair 757-200s (Y227), and MD-80s of the day.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
Is it just me, or does it appears that on the photo's posted by Crosswind that there is a path/track which goes right up to the end of the runway? A potential SXM-esque opportuntity perhaps? That's if its allowed (remember Kalamata - shudder!).
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
Curses to you Pe@rson! Not content with bashing JGPH1A with the ageist comments, you decide to start on me again!
Anyway, from having another look at the photo's (with my fading eyesight) it looks as though the airport would only be able to handle only 2 or 3 B757/A320 sized aircraft at a time. Would imagine the departures area would get pretty crammed for a B757 flight.
TimRees From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 353 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
Have flown into Skiathos a couple of times - once with Dan Air and once with Orion in 733/732's. Those were the days.
You're right, the runway is short! The flight deck crew warn you that the after landing reverse thrust will be used and not to worry. Also on take off they advise you that full thrust will be applied before brakes off! (correct me if that isn't possible...I'm not a pilot...but you get the idea!). You certainly felt the deceleration/acceleration in each case.
On each flight back to LGW a tech stop was made at Thessaloniki for refueling (apart from the runway length I don't believe they keep much JetA1 on the field). Skiathos to Thessaloniki takes about 25 mins.
Regarding spotting opportunities. There were numerous signs warning against it in those days....typical of all Greek airports. As with most charter airports there was a British day, German day, Scandinavian day etc, but I was more interested in the holiday than trekking around the perimeter and risking getting arrested!
Myt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 72 Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1479 times:
Well I'm glad you think it's a nice place Tim, it'll be interesting to see for myself though, quite looking forward to it.
The airport does look just a tad small, lets hope they have invested in a few A/C units over there!
We are due to stop in Thessaloniki on the return although the day I fly home is the first return flight of the season, with my outbound being the first one of the season. Is there any chance of a light load thus a direct flight home? I know it's happened before.
I say this as last year in Cuba we did the same and our A332 of TCX returned with only 120 pax. This just meant more room onboard, we obviously didn't need the added range we may have got.