N175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8874 times:
Landing in an Air New Zealand B747-219 at Rarotonga airport in the Pacific. The aircraft looked like it was bigger than the terminal. Afterwards, I watched it take off and it felt like it took the entire runway. Very impressive.
This British Airways B-777 departed College Station Easterwood Airport April 7, 2002 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on board who had just visited the George Bush Presidential Library. The airport normally only sees SAAB-340s and ATR-42s, and just recently, Embraer RJs. The longest runway is 7000ft, and the terminal has no jetways.
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Pilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8835 times:
I landed in an Airbus A310 at Zanzibar (ZNZ), Tanzania. The airport is very small, but I don't know the length of the runway.
Another one was with an Airbus A330 at Holguin (HOG), Cuba. Also small airport.
And one time I landed at Lajes (TER), Azores in a A310. The runway there is long enough for a 747, but the passenger terminal is very small. The check-in hall was completely full of people because of the single A310 waiting outside.
KL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8833 times:
Been to Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM/SMJP) several times......a KLM 747-200SUD visits PBM 4 times a week outbound from AMS, other visitors are Dutch Caribbean(M80), BWIA(738) and Universal Airlines(DC9), and Surinam Airways has some scheduled operations out of PBM to the neighbourhood countries such as French Guiana, Guyana, Trinidad and Brazil
The length of the runway (rwy 11) is more then enough for a A/C type like the 747 and other widebodies.....but you will laugh your butt out if you see the arrivals and departures! Like a bus stop in the low lands....
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8699 times:
I've done the 757 routine into SNA many times, and it is a bit on the exciting side, particularly on the takeoff if the plane is heavily loaded.
I took the Continental Micronesia Island Hopper flight back in 2000, which was flown into some very small airports with a 737-800. We stayed over in Truk, and our outbound flight was delayed for about four hours as the pilot tried to land the incoming flight from Guam several times unsuccessfully in rainy weather. We saw his last pass from the terminal, as he roared over the end of the runway on TOGA power. He had to go all the way back to Guam as he was getting low on fuel. Later, once the plane had been refueled and recrewed in GUM, it landed successfully in TKK and we went on our way. There were a couple of Air Mike employees in the row next to ours, and their take on the situation was that the pilots had chickened out. I say better safe than sorry. After every stop on this flight, brake coolers (giant cone-shaped fans) were wheeled out to the plane and placed against the wheels of the main gear.
Caetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8731 times:
Nothing too out of the ordinary for me... Delta used to have scheduled 767 service here into CAE when I first started travelling for business. Thats no problem as far as runways go though I know, because there is even a picture on airliners.net of a DL L1011 here at CAE that was diverted from ATL one time. Also, Air Force One has landed here at least twice in the past 4 years that I can remember. Once with Prez Clinton, and then once last week with George W. Bush on board.
My ex fiance, a UAL F/A, had a diversion on a flight from LHR to IAD, on a 777. They ended up landing in MDT (Harrisburg, PA). I am sure there is plenty of runway there, too, but the largest commercial aircraft that frequents that place is a 737. I am sure that the 777 dwarfed everything around it! I can't even begin to imagine where they parked it! I have flown in there many times and would die if I saw something like that there.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 836 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8686 times:
Years ago when I was young(er) i flew to CGK from LAX with GA. I think the plane was a DC10 I cannot remember exactly though I remember admiring their very cool livery (blue tail with the stylized bird of Garuda and eurowhite fuselage). The routing was a bit bizarre as we flew first to HNL and from there a long stretch to BIAK (dont know the airport code) in the island of Irian. The terminal was a single small building smaller than many high school gyms ! we were the only commercial aircraft at the airport. Lots of local people milled about outside the airport but we could not get out of the building or the airport. We got off the aircraft using stairs, cool cool cool, but boy the heat just hit you as you exit. The aircraft completely dwarfs the terminal !! one hour later off for the long stretch to CGK.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8673 times:
For me it was when I paid $95 to take a ride on the MATS Connie when it visited Iowa City Municipal Airport a couple months ago. The airport is a light traffic GA airport with no tower. There's no scheduled service (with CID being so close, there's no point). It does have three runways though and they are 150 feet wide so the Connie could turn around at the end of the runway without any problem. The longest runway is less than 5,000 feet though so it used quite a bit of runway but nothing too scary.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8658 times:
Shortest RUNWAYS I've ever flown into with large aircraft, SNA for sure, DL MD-90 and US 757. Also, PVD crosswind runway 16. Actual runway length is 6,081 feet, BUT, it has a displaced threshold, leaving only 5,516 feet for landing and rollout. Landed on that runway several times on 737-400 and 727-200 equipment. 757s use it to. Interesting steep approach, too, lots of buildings at the end of the runway and no clear zone, similiar to MDW in Chicago, I would guess.