N507SW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
Hi, I was just reading another post about difficult airports and saw SAN was said to be one of the harder ones. When I flew in to SAN in May, I know the path is close to the hilly terrain of San Diego and the skyline. I also saw pics posted with a British Airways 747-400 that lands daily in SAN. How is this possible if its such a difficult airport with, I assume, a pretty short runway for pilots? I think it lands in PHX before going to SAN. Do they get rid of weight at PHX?
Purdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
That is correct, the 747-400 flies LGW-PHX-SAN-PHX-LGW. I'm sure the plane weighs far less for the PHX-SAN leg than it does for the LGW-PHX leg, due to the fact that it needs less fuel and carries fewer passengers.