As many times as I have been at ATL
, I don't recall seeing DL
planes powerback from T or the west side of A.
never powered back from the D gates with 727s. I don't recall ever seeing a UA
parked at T.
used to powerback from gates T10, T11, and T12. There was no powerbacks from T9
due to the baggage tugs entering and leaving the terminal close by. AA
only powered back with MD
-80s, 727s, and F100s. A friend who flies for AA
told me that they tested the 757s for powerbacks when the first few were delivered. Since it kicked up so much more debris than the rear-engine aircraft, it was decided to push back the 757s.
I say used to for AA
, because I was at ATL
last October. My flight, a F100, departed out of T10, and the plane was pushed back. I don't know if this was by request from airport management, or a company decision. But I noticed flying down to ATL
and returning to ORD
that the pilots never used the reversers upon landing.
is retiring the F100 fleet, maybe they are trying to limit the wear and tear on the RR