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Movement Impact Due To Virgin Fuel Saving Trials?  
User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4863 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Hey A.Netter's......

Just did a quick search and noticed this has been brought up before...
Virgin Atlantic's announcement that it would commence trialing some of its proposed fuel saving measures at Londons's "BUSIEST" airport London Heathrow and London Gatwick...
Initially the plans will involve the Boeing B747-400 aircraft... The idea is that they will tow aircraft from their stands to a holding point close to the departure runway and engines will only be started up 10 minutes before take-off...
Now I understand saving fuel is the number one goal which Virgin Atlantic is aiming at here but wouldnt this have impact on movement at congested airports such LHR?

EK413


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5726 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

Not if they're at a holding stand.
And also, those tugs (some of them, anyway) can tow aircraft faster than they typically taxi, anyhow.
Hopefully, this works out for the best! I am for anything that lessens the impact flying has... so long as it's reasonable. And this should also be profitable! Can't beat that- more money AND environmental protection!


User currently offlineBoeingguy1 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

maybe if Dick Branson wasnt so stubborn with his "4 engine" crap, he wouldnt need to tow "taxi" anything... can you tell im not a fan???  Smile

Although that one slogan, "More Expereince than our Name Suggests" always makes me laugh



Gatwick South! Id rather crash in Brighton!
User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2861 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

Quoting Boeingguy1 (Reply 2):
maybe if Dick Branson wasnt so stubborn with his "4 engine" crap, he wouldnt need to tow "taxi" anything... can you tell im not a fan???

Oh dear, go and compare some fuel flow figures and then come back with something constructive  talktothehand 

Shamu



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User currently offlineBoeingguy1 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 3):
Oh dear, go and compare some fuel flow figures and then come back with something constructive talktothehand

I do recall that a 777 is more fuel efficent than a A346... ?



Gatwick South! Id rather crash in Brighton!
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