|Quoting fcogafa (Reply 1):|
That is a frightening prospect if you have seen how much runway their A340s use at LHR!
Don't quite get your point?!
has a 3,316m/10,879ft runway... This is capable of handling all passenger aircraft!
An A340-300 at MTOW only requires a 2900m runway, and that would not be required on a route to Sri Lanka. They may even choose to their A330-200's on the routes.
In order to preserve engines and fuel these days, pilots rarely use full thrust for take off and will choose a power appropriate to the runway they are operating out of.