Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8658 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 20610 times:
In the 70s, a UA DC10 ran low on fuel over Washington DC waiting for Dulles to clear, and had to land at Washington National. They had to take the seats and galleys off to get the plane out again, would have loved to have been there or see photos of a 'Ten at DCA.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 20584 times:
I looked in Colorado first, hoping to find a short runway there (no luck), but the shortest I could find was Chadron, Nebraska (United Express), at 6001 feet.
The only place I could find listed on a website route map was Bluefield, WV, at 4742 feet (USAirways Express). I actually found a shorter runway in Canada - Iles de la Madeleine (YGC), which receives USAirways Express (at least it's on their route map), whose runway is only 4500 feet long.
Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 20414 times:
Dutch Harbor, AK (DUT) is only about 3500 feet long. AS used to fly 732's in there daily, weather permitting. Now AS wet-leases PenAir SF340 aircraft on the route to increase frequency and reliability.
And there are TONS of airports in Alaska that have runways as short or shorter than that but still receive scheduled service.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7231 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 20383 times:
Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 4): a UA DC10 ran low on fuel over Washington DC waiting for Dulles to clear, and had to land at Washington National. They had to take the seats and galleys off to get the plane out again
In the early 1990s UA scheduled a DC-10 nonstop from KOA to California-- KOA's runway was then 6500 ft, a bit shorter than DCA.
I'm sure nobody here can tell us the shortest Alaska runway with scheduled flights. If you're just asking about jet flights-- does Key West still have them?
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20053 times:
As far as big jet service (over 70 seats) for landings and takeoffs, I believe SDU holds the record at just over 4300 feet long and handles A319 and 737 services on a daily basis, albeit they are mostly short shuttle type flights and don't carry a lot of fuel. As far as the U.S. goes, I'm sure SNA holds the record at just 5700 feet and handles 757 heavies daily.