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Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)  
User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4943 times:

I've been in Cusco for the past 6 weeks and have been watching the stream of LAN A319s and Star Peru/Aerocondor 737-200s everyday and have often wondered what was the biggest aircraft that has landed at the airport?

Yesterday I finally got down to the airport for some spotting and was quiet surprised to see the German Air Force One A310 on approach. I can imagine that is a pretty large aircraft for the airport?

Thanks!

Pictures of the German A310:

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310front.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/germn310headon.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310landing.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310landback.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310heat.jpg


http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/germantakeoff.jpg


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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11559 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4934 times:

While I could be wrong, and perhaps Aero Continente once flew 767s or DC10s in there, but to my knowledge, the largest regularly scheduled aircraft ever to fly into Cusco was the AA 757s that were flying MIA/JFK-LIM-CUZ during a period back around 1997-1998 when the Peruvian government asked AA to fill the domestic capacity gap and boost CUZ tourism. Those flights only lasted, IINM, a few months, though.

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8491 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

Neat photos.

Although CUZ is above 10,000 feet, it has a very big 11,000 x 150 foot runway. This means a 747 or C-5 could land there. Whether it could take off again depends on the high alt performance of the plane.


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

Do all flights to/from Cuzco still have to arrive and leave before 10am?

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 3):
Do all flights to/from Cuzco still have to arrive and leave before 10am?

The last scheduled flight out of CUZ is a LAN flight LIM which leaves around 15:10.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
While I could be wrong, and perhaps Aero Continente once flew 767s or DC10s in there, but to my knowledge, the largest regularly scheduled aircraft ever to fly into Cusco was the AA 757s that were flying MIA/JFK-LIM-CUZ during a period back around 1997-1998 when the Peruvian government asked AA to fill the domestic capacity gap and boost CUZ tourism. Those flights only lasted, IINM, a few months, though.

That's pretty interesting, thanks for sharing!  Smile



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 4):
The last scheduled flight out of CUZ is a LAN flight LIM which leaves around 15:10.

Why is that? something relating to fog or weather realated?



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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 5):
Why is that? something relating to fog or weather realated?

The airport has no VFR nor runway approach lights, runway lights, or taxiway lights. When there is bad weather aircraft are not allowed to land either, like today.



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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

The airport is at 10,800+ feet elevation and has several mountains and ridges much higher in the immediate area.

To the west in the direction of a Rwy 28 takeoff the terrain rises a few thousand feet pretty quickly.

To the east there is a deep mountain valley but an aircraft taking off on Rwy 10 has to time it's turns and climb carefully.

Just like Lukla, which is 1,700 feet lower in elevation, no one in their right mind wants to be flying an airplane into/ out of this airport unless they have excellent daytime visibility.


User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

Does anybody know what the German Air Force A310 was doing there? After all, I am paying for it with my taxes Smile


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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

Is it a former Interflug plane?

User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4435 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 9):
Is it a former Interflug plane?

You are right!

Luftwaffe
Hub: Cologne/Bonn | IATA: n/a | ICAO: GAF | details
C/N MSN last update model registration remarks former airline former reg. delivered to
498 0 A310-304 10+21 Interflug D-AOAA Interflug
499 0 A310-304 10+22 Interflug D-AOAB Interflug
503 0 A310-304 10+23 Interflug D-AOAC Interflug
434 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+24 Lufthansa D-AIDA Condor
484 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+25 Lufthansa D-AIDB Lufthansa
522 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+26 Lufthansa D-AIDE Lufthansa
523 0 A310-304(F)(MRTT) 10+27 Lufthansa D-AIDI Lufthansa


http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=GAF&al_op=1

btw: very nice pictures! thanks for sharing!


User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 745 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 4374 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Thread starter):
to see the German Air Force One A310 on approach

I think it came from LPB, I could not distinguish it well but saw it far away on tarmac in the dark on 25/JUL/07.
Can you countercheck?


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 4324 times:

Quoting Airevents (Reply 8):
Does anybody know what the German Air Force A310 was doing there? After all, I am paying for it with my taxes

The airport is the gateway/ entry point to the Machu Picchu ruins - one of the greatest archaeologial sites in the world. One of the places most people have on their short list to try and see before they die - like the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and Ankor Wat.

It would not be uncommon for VIP visitors to Peru visit the site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu

Now, why it was in Peru in the first place - you have to ask your government.


User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

Regarding the biggest aircraft, I have flown in on an Aerocontinente Boeing 757 from Lima once, just before they went broke. The landing was perfectly comfortable and felt like a routine operation.


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User currently offlineRJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1944 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4137 times:

Aero Continente operated in Cuzco with L1011, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767. AeroPeru between 1997 and 1999 operates the Boeing 757 (combined with a B727) on the Santiago-Cusco-Lima 3 x week.

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3976 times:

I studied in Cuzco for a week in 1990. We were located at a wonderful spot on a ridge above the airport. If my memory serves me correct there was an airline called Faucett and I saw 707s landing and taking off.

User currently offlineRJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1944 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 15):
Faucett and I saw 707s landing and taking off

Maybe it was a DC-8.


User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 7):
Just like Lukla, which is 1,700 feet lower in elevation, no one in their right mind wants to be flying an airplane into/ out of this airport unless they have excellent daytime visibility.

Another crazy airport in the Himalayas in Paro, Bhutan something really amazing to fly into altho its not as high.



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User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3332 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3841 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 6):
The airport has no VFR nor runway approach lights, runway lights, or taxiway lights. When there is bad weather aircraft are not allowed to land either, like today.

Doesn't it also have to do with rising air temperatures as the day goes on?

Quoting RJ_Delta (Reply 16):
Maybe it was a DC-8.

I seem to remember something about Faucett having flown the DC-8 to CUZ. It also makes sense since I don't think CF ever flew the 707.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 18):
I seem to remember something about Faucett having flown the DC-8 to CUZ. It also makes sense since I don't think CF ever flew the 707.

Faucett operated at least two 707s, photos below:


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