|Quoting Phxplanes (Thread starter):|
They said they could add 10,000lbs. I dont understand how they can do this. If they plane can fly with more weight why cant they do it in the first place. What has to happen to add more weight and how long will it take.
It's basically about how much extra you want to pay Boeing for the certification paperwork authorizing the higher weights. It's not unlike buying a car with "standard" features, and then deciding (later) that you need some "optional" features...
For example, when SWA took delivery of our first 737-300s back in late 1984, the MTOW was 130,500. Some years later, loads and operational requirements dictated the need for a higher MTOW limit, and we paid Boeing $$$ for paperwork authorizing a new MTOW of 135,000. A few years later, there was a need to increase the MTOW again, and we ponied up $$$ for the current MTOW 139,000.
The MTOW I'm referring to above is the max structural
TOW--which has nothing to do with runway length, temperature, etc...
[Edited 2006-01-26 05:54:16]
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