Alitalia used to operate MXP
with a 763ER configured for 205 seats. From SFO
, we had to weight restrict due to one engine out limitations (too high obstacles off 28s to allow for westbound departures). Our choices were to either weight restrict and depart off 1R or go off 10L in the opposite direction of traffic.
Usually these weight restrictions were in the form of cargo offload. Using 10L usually meant a 30-45 min taxi delay (engines running) for a gap in the traffic so we could launch. Most of the time we went off 1R and just took off the cargo, so as not to take the delay.
, the problem was worse, because the one engine out procedures did not allow for the climbing 360 left turn used to get high enough to go over the Alps. During the summer, it was not uncommon to leave a can of non-transfer bags behind if there was not enough cargo to offload to get under the weight required to meet the OEO requirement.
Thankfully, this problem only presented itself in the summer. The rest of the year we could make the 1R departure, unless, of course, on those days in which 10L had to be used because of cross winds on the 1s.
BTW, the flight time winter averaged 11 hr eastbound, westbound 12 to 12.5hrs. Summer, as low as 10.25 eastbound and 11.5 westbound. Longest flight was 12:40 due to heavy weight and wide 360 turn over MXP
to get enough altitude to transit the Alps plus very northerly track over Canada.
baw716 (ex aza625)
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998