|Quoting Iowaman (Reply 1):|
Why they are basing this around the 763 I have no idea. I don't know of any airline that would even consider running a 763 PVD-West Coast.
Well by the time the runway is built it is a possibility. Also, nothing says the 763 will be a PASSENGER plane! In addition, these studies are based off of the year 2020 forecast.
All airport plans/projects are based off an FAA approved forecast. The FAA approved the forecast/ masterplan stating that there would be over 500 763 transcons from PVD
on an annual basis (little more than 1 daily), therefore it is a legitimate analysis. The FAA uses the most demanding operation conducting 500 annual itinerant operations as their "design aircraft", and a transocn 763 from PVD
is a realistic design aircraft, whether its a UA
763 or a UPS 763, it still counts!
Now granted it could be different that a 763, long range planning is a difficult task, but a 763 is a good average airplane to use.