Goinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 263 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2363 times:
There have been rumors on the local news that local councilors are looking to start flights from Aberdeen (UK) to Houston (Texas). They believe that there is a market for direct flights as the two cities are linked with oil!
Whilst I personally doubt it will ever happen, I am curious as to what aircraft could be used.
ABZ has a runway 5948 feet long and the flight distance is in excess of 4000 miles.
I reckon only the following aircraft could complete the flight non-stop - but would any of them be able to get off the ground in less than 6000ft with the necessary fuel and payload to make a trip like this worthwhile?
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6507 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2316 times:
In "Civil" it was speculated that ABZ might see an extension of CO´s service to MAN (from EWR IIRC).
Any "direct" (= "nonstop") flight from ABZ to IAH probably wouldn´t be able to use an a/c bigger than BBJ/BBJ2/A319CJ due to runway limitations.
Also: Who should FILL a B752 from ABZ regularly ? There shouldn´t be THAT many oil-people around ... Therefore a BBJ (..) like in PrivatAir´s configuration would be a good option. OTOH, KL just introduced such a BBJ-op from AMS to IAH also aimed at "oil-people"...
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TheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
Quoting HT (Reply 2): Who should FILL a B752 from ABZ regularly
Aberdeen is the oil capital of the world, Houston the oil capital of north America.
Most international companies that have an office in Aberdeen also haven an office in Houston.
So there probably would be big demand.
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Bri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
The BBJ is a 737-700 (or -800 for the BBJ2) with extra fuel tanks that take up most of the cargo room. It could make it, but not with very many people on board. They're operated under Part 91 and Part 135. In short, they're not going to be the answer for scheduled air carrier service on that route.
Ubidenmark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Aberdeen's claim to be "the oil capital of the Universe and everywhere really" goes back well over twenty years. The single strip in operation is the same size it was all those years ago, notwithstanding the annual chatter about extending it over the river to the north or the undulating ground to the south.
Aberdeen did once upon a time have a very close manufacturing and operating relationship with Houston, resulting in a regular traffic of Stetson toting, all 'Merican boys and a considerable volume of freight in both directions. Today Aberdeen would probably have as close a relationship with Venezuela or Nigeria as it does with Houston.
I'd be interested to hear it explained "why there probably would be big demand" for an ABZ-IAH service now, when there self evidently wasn't sufficient demand during the boom.