British Airways 747-400 At SAN

Wed Jul 14, 1999 7:46 am

Hi, I was just reading another post about difficult airports and saw SAN was said to be one of the harder ones. When I flew in to SAN in May, I know the path is close to the hilly terrain of San Diego and the skyline. I also saw pics posted with a British Airways 747-400 that lands daily in SAN. How is this possible if its such a difficult airport with, I assume, a pretty short runway for pilots? I think it lands in PHX before going to SAN. Do they get rid of weight at PHX?

RE: British Airways 747-400 At SAN

Wed Jul 14, 1999 3:09 pm

That is correct, the 747-400 flies LGW-PHX-SAN-PHX-LGW. I'm sure the plane weighs far less for the PHX-SAN leg than it does for the LGW-PHX leg, due to the fact that it needs less fuel and carries fewer passengers.

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