Alright, to make things a little clearer for my discussion: http://www.myairplane.com/databases/approach/NorthEast/PHL
Hmmm, the forum software doesn't like this link, you'll have to copy and paste (sorry).
I've got a much better quality of that diagram (courtesy of my AOPA membership) hanging on my desk in front of me at all times!
Ok, 27R is the primary arrivals runway. I've seen US 737s hit the brakes and exit at Twy K3 once or twice. They usually roll out to the K4
Highspeed Twy. If the WN
pilots touch down on the first 5 feet of concrete and slam on the brakes (and I wouldn't put it past them), they could take K3 and be right at Terminal D. If that's not good enough, I've seen a US 737 land on 35 a few weeks ago, and Paul Kanagie of PHL
spotting fame has seen many more do the same.
Departures are more fun. 27L is used for departures primarily. Departing aircraft hit a bottleneck coming down N, and from both directions on S before everyone has to jog on N to the threshold of 27L. From the airport fire station I've counted backups of 25 aircraft like this. Paul has seen some 737s and A320s depart 35 already, so that's another option for WN
for shorter flights.
If the winds switch, 9L
is departures and 9R
is arrivals. You'll notice how much farther the taxi is from 9R
to Terminal D. While aircraft are lined up on K waiting to depart, arrivals can get stuck between the runways. WN
is out of luck either way in this case. They could get lucky and use 17 for takeoff.
I hope this has been a revealing and enlightful look at the challenges WN
will face in PHL
I think Big Foot is blurry, Its not the photographers fault. Theres a large out of focus monster roaming the countryside