As far as I know, Heavy = MTOW >= 255,000 lbs.
I have not heard on ATC the 757-200 of UA
, US, DL
being called "Heavy" though ATA's 757-200 is "Heavy."
I was told before that ATA is "heavy" because of the single class configuration, causing the MTOW to go over 255,000 lbs. All the other major carriers have 2 class configurations and fewer overall passenger loads.
Am I right? I keep hearing that because of wake turbulence issues, 757s are now considered HEAVY too regardless of MTOW. What's the truth?