NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2902 posts, RR: 39 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3161 times:
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by my recollection, biggest there would be a C-141. I don't believe any civil widebodies have ever operated there. I would be an argument over which is bigger between 727-200 (AC, maybe Royal?) and 737-800 for that. Its possible there have been some A320 visits and maybe 757s on charters, but nothing bigger i don't believe. Diversions to YSB are a rarity due to the proximity of YYB (and if the little mouseover doesnt work, thats North Bay) which is better equiped to handle larger aircraft.
The runways at YSB are not really long enough to accept many widebodies anyways, maybe A310, 767-200. 6600' is awful short for commercial ops.
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YYZTPA From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
I recall in the late 70s seeing a Wardair 747 performing approaches to YSB. I believe it was a training flight and it made 3 or 4 approaches. Not sure if it actually performed a 'touch' or not. I understand this was a more regular occurence at YYB. Nonetheless, quite a surprise for an airport where regular service was multiple daily AC DC-9-32.
For a summer in the 70's, YSB also saw regular AC 727-200 service on all flights to YYZ. The upgraded AC service was a result of runway restrictions in YTS preventing AC from flying there. AC added capacity to YSB and arranged with now defunct NorOntair to fly extra Twin Otters segments from YSB to YTS. At one time AC also had a routing through YOW-YSB-YQT. I believe both ends had continuations to YUL and YWG and possibly onward to YQR-YYC. While I flew the YOW-YSB portion in the late 70's, I don't recall if it was 727-200 or DC-9-32.
Incidentally, this winter, I believe Sunwing is flying a weekly charter 737-800 to Cuba.
YOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2892 times:
I don't think Royal ever flew into YSB. Currently Sunwing has weekly 737-800 charters. The 738 has a larger seating capacity than AC's old 722s. I guess it depends on how you measure largest. MTOW vs. seating.
Fly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1000 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
I'd say its Sunwings 738s, actually sometimes with a full load of pax we're not able to take off with the fuel needed so an enroute stop in YXU is needed before continuing to VRA. So with YSB's short runway...I'd say we just make it.