nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5052 posts, RR: 36 Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
Quoting clydenairways (Reply 5): I'm sure 757's operate from 6000ft runways all the time so i don't think that is the issue here.
In fact the 75 probably needs less that the 737-800 or A321 most of the time.
The aircraft that normally operates these flights is a 757, however it was due to be operated by an A321 this time. The pilot refused to land at Inverness and diverted to Aberdeen instead.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1522 times:
More to the story than has been discussed I think...
Back in the day nearly all AMM/FCA flights to/from Skiathos were operated by the A321, full load of 218 inbound, return to the UK had a tech stop in Thessaloniki unless there were exceptional circumstances (low load, tailwinds etc)
The A321 couldn't land at Skiathos in the wet, but the runway is ungrooved, and only 1685m long.
Inverness is grooved, and at 1887m shouldn't present any undue problems...
The A321's airfield performance is generally good, the only "performance" problems we encountered with it on the routes flown were when it was pushed to it's maximum range, it sometime could not carry enough fuel for the planned payload (fuel volume limited) and so sometimes had to offload baggage to bring the weight down.
Worth mentioning that those A321s all had their auxilliary tanks removed, so their fuel volume was a lower than certain other A321-200s out there. Mormally used to hit max fuel before reaching MTOW...