AlitaliaMD11
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Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:34 am

I've been in Cusco for the past 6 weeks and have been watching the stream of LAN A319s and Star Peru/Aerocondor 737-200s everyday and have often wondered what was the biggest aircraft that has landed at the airport?

Yesterday I finally got down to the airport for some spotting and was quiet surprised to see the German Air Force One A310 on approach. I can imagine that is a pretty large aircraft for the airport?

Thanks!

Pictures of the German A310:

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310front.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/germn310headon.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310landing.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310landback.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/german310heat.jpg


http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/CuscoSpotting/germantakeoff.jpg
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:39 am

While I could be wrong, and perhaps Aero Continente once flew 767s or DC10s in there, but to my knowledge, the largest regularly scheduled aircraft ever to fly into Cusco was the AA 757s that were flying MIA/JFK-LIM-CUZ during a period back around 1997-1998 when the Peruvian government asked AA to fill the domestic capacity gap and boost CUZ tourism. Those flights only lasted, IINM, a few months, though.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:41 am

Neat photos.

Although CUZ is above 10,000 feet, it has a very big 11,000 x 150 foot runway. This means a 747 or C-5 could land there. Whether it could take off again depends on the high alt performance of the plane.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:50 am

Do all flights to/from Cuzco still have to arrive and leave before 10am?
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:56 am

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 3):
Do all flights to/from Cuzco still have to arrive and leave before 10am?

The last scheduled flight out of CUZ is a LAN flight LIM which leaves around 15:10.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
While I could be wrong, and perhaps Aero Continente once flew 767s or DC10s in there, but to my knowledge, the largest regularly scheduled aircraft ever to fly into Cusco was the AA 757s that were flying MIA/JFK-LIM-CUZ during a period back around 1997-1998 when the Peruvian government asked AA to fill the domestic capacity gap and boost CUZ tourism. Those flights only lasted, IINM, a few months, though.

That's pretty interesting, thanks for sharing!  Smile
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 4):
The last scheduled flight out of CUZ is a LAN flight LIM which leaves around 15:10.

Why is that? something relating to fog or weather realated?
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:41 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 5):
Why is that? something relating to fog or weather realated?

The airport has no VFR nor runway approach lights, runway lights, or taxiway lights. When there is bad weather aircraft are not allowed to land either, like today.
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:55 am

The airport is at 10,800+ feet elevation and has several mountains and ridges much higher in the immediate area.

To the west in the direction of a Rwy 28 takeoff the terrain rises a few thousand feet pretty quickly.

To the east there is a deep mountain valley but an aircraft taking off on Rwy 10 has to time it's turns and climb carefully.

Just like Lukla, which is 1,700 feet lower in elevation, no one in their right mind wants to be flying an airplane into/ out of this airport unless they have excellent daytime visibility.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:52 pm

Does anybody know what the German Air Force A310 was doing there? After all, I am paying for it with my taxes Smile
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:12 pm

Is it a former Interflug plane?
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:23 pm

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 9):
Is it a former Interflug plane?

You are right!

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Hub: Cologne/Bonn | IATA: n/a | ICAO: GAF | details
C/N MSN last update model registration remarks former airline former reg. delivered to
498 0 A310-304 10+21 Interflug D-AOAA Interflug
499 0 A310-304 10+22 Interflug D-AOAB Interflug
503 0 A310-304 10+23 Interflug D-AOAC Interflug
434 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+24 Lufthansa D-AIDA Condor
484 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+25 Lufthansa D-AIDB Lufthansa
522 0 A310-304(F)(MRT) 10+26 Lufthansa D-AIDE Lufthansa
523 0 A310-304(F)(MRTT) 10+27 Lufthansa D-AIDI Lufthansa


http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=GAF&al_op=1

btw: very nice pictures! thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:03 pm

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Thread starter):
to see the German Air Force One A310 on approach

I think it came from LPB, I could not distinguish it well but saw it far away on tarmac in the dark on 25/JUL/07.
Can you countercheck?
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:39 pm

Quoting Airevents (Reply 8):
Does anybody know what the German Air Force A310 was doing there? After all, I am paying for it with my taxes

The airport is the gateway/ entry point to the Machu Picchu ruins - one of the greatest archaeologial sites in the world. One of the places most people have on their short list to try and see before they die - like the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and Ankor Wat.

It would not be uncommon for VIP visitors to Peru visit the site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu

Now, why it was in Peru in the first place - you have to ask your government.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:48 am

Regarding the biggest aircraft, I have flown in on an Aerocontinente Boeing 757 from Lima once, just before they went broke. The landing was perfectly comfortable and felt like a routine operation.
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:57 am

Aero Continente operated in Cuzco with L1011, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767. AeroPeru between 1997 and 1999 operates the Boeing 757 (combined with a B727) on the Santiago-Cusco-Lima 3 x week.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:21 pm

I studied in Cuzco for a week in 1990. We were located at a wonderful spot on a ridge above the airport. If my memory serves me correct there was an airline called Faucett and I saw 707s landing and taking off.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:39 am

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 15):
Faucett and I saw 707s landing and taking off

Maybe it was a DC-8.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:10 am

Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 7):
Just like Lukla, which is 1,700 feet lower in elevation, no one in their right mind wants to be flying an airplane into/ out of this airport unless they have excellent daytime visibility.

Another crazy airport in the Himalayas in Paro, Bhutan something really amazing to fly into altho its not as high.
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:22 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 6):
The airport has no VFR nor runway approach lights, runway lights, or taxiway lights. When there is bad weather aircraft are not allowed to land either, like today.

Doesn't it also have to do with rising air temperatures as the day goes on?

Quoting RJ_Delta (Reply 16):
Maybe it was a DC-8.

I seem to remember something about Faucett having flown the DC-8 to CUZ. It also makes sense since I don't think CF ever flew the 707.
 
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RE: Largest Aircraft To Land In Cusco, Peru? (CUZ)

Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:52 am

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 18):
I seem to remember something about Faucett having flown the DC-8 to CUZ. It also makes sense since I don't think CF ever flew the 707.

Faucett operated at least two 707s, photos below:


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