>Several weeks ago a CO
777 put in to ACD (Cold Bay, Alaska) because of an engine problem. Another CO
777 was ferried out from EWR
to grab the stranded pax . . . a while back DL
had to do the same thing. A few years back one of the Chinese carriers put a 747 into ASY (Shemya, Alaska) after having struck CAT, killing one passenger and injuring many others.<
Please check Airnav before posting codes. Cold Bay is PACD but its 3 letter code is CDB. Also, Shemya (which is an Air Force Air Field) is PASY, but its 3 letter code is SYA, with ASY being KASY/Ashley, North Dakota.
are not "close". It is not like LAX
are not that close either, especially compared to JFK
. This is going to cause a lot of airlines to have to carry a lot of extra fuel.
Also, it is not just the gates, ramps. Taxiways are also having to be modified for the turning radius, etc.
It might be possible to use "paper" alternates, but these would not be places you would actually want to put the aircraft.<
I am sure that if they needed to divert an A380 from LAX
(which is almost inconciveable, as WX
never does that and it would only be something like serious structural failure or running out of fuel) they would send it to ONT
, San Bernadino, PMD
or even Pt. Magu NAS
before sending it up to SFO
. If you needed FIS to take the PAX off, ONT
has it and you can drive inspectors out to another field from LAX
if need be
As far as SFO
is a good alternate, as are several air bases or former airbases there, but people seem to forget that SJC
has 2 11,000 foot runways where an A380 can be put down, as well as FIS.
I would also assume that EWR
would be an alt. for JFK
, though they usually suffer through the same weather problems, so BDL
are more likely. IAD
does not need JFK
as its alternate, as they have RIC
, etc. much closer.