LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3450 times:
AA often does that here in Boston when they have an MD-80 parked at the end of their pier. I've often wondered this myself. I think it must just be because it lets the plane get out of the gate quicker (by not having to get towed out of the gate, then start its engines).
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Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 708 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
I have also seen only 727 and DC-9 variants (including the MD-80) use powerback. It used to be common at SEA, but new noise regulations introduced in the early 90's put a stop to it. Obviously, it costs more in jet fuel, so there must be savings in other areas to justify its use.
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3256 times:
I noticed NW planes (mostly DC-9s) powerback now from the new terminal. I don't think they ever did that at the Davey terminal (to congested?). I've been on a F100 (AA) where we powerbacked from the gate. Pretty cool I say!
The new terminal houses NW, CO, KL, and soon BA and LH.
Skyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3227 times:
I have seen AA do this with their Fokker 100 flights out of Dayton. I heard they did that because the Worldwide Flight Service employees had problems with the pushback, but that could have been just a rumor.
IAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3207 times:
Continental up until the mid-1990's powerbacked on a regular basis. They even powerbacked the 737-100/200's due to the bucket type of thrust reversers. Now that was a noisy experience for passangers sitting behind the wing.
Saxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2964 times:
The only engines that have reverse thrust for backing out are low-bypass engines. These are the kind that are long and narrow, and on tail-mounted planes. You also see low-bypass engines on the 737-200. Likewise, the short-fat engines, are called high-bypass.