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AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:24 am

Today, American Airlines became the first commercial airline to land at the New Quito Airport located in Tababela. The Boeing 757-200 operated flight originated at Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre de Quito and arrived at the new Quito Airport 9 minutes later, carrying various guests and dignitaries. The new Quito Airport is scheduled to open in October.

Nuevo aeropuerto de Quito tendría conexiones directas con destinos más lejanos


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Primer vuelo comercial aterrizó en el nuevo aeropuerto de Quito
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:31 am

So that's what that was. On approach into Quito from MAD, I saw the new airport, but I had no idea that's what it was, or that Quito was getting a new airport. Interesting!

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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:37 am

For those of you who don't speak Spanish, the article says the new field is at 2400 m altitude instead of the old one at 2800, and the runways are 300m (~1000 ft) longer, enabling flights to more distant destinations. BTW I think this is covered in another thread....
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:59 am

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 2):
BTW I think this is covered in another thread....

No it is not since no other commercial airline has ever operated a flight into the new Quito Airport until today, when American Airlines operated the first commercial airliner into the new Quito Airport.
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:11 am

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 3):
No it is not since no other commercial airline has ever operated a flight into the new Quito Airport until today, when American Airlines operated the first commercial airliner into the new Quito Airport.

I stand corrected. I looked up the other thread and they didn't cover it.
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:42 am

If the new airport opens in October, why did AA land a plane there?
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:48 am

Quoting Independence76 (Reply 5):
If the new airport opens in October, why did AA land a plane there?

It's part of the process in order for the new airport to obtain the airworthiness certification of the runway, taxiways and navigational instruments.
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:58 am

I have mixed feelings about the new airport in Quito. It is long over due and Mariscal Sucre is totally inadequate, but it has an undeniable "charm" which I'll miss.

Still, I hope this new facility will help the economy of Quito and Ecuador generally further develop
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:01 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Still, I hope this new facility will help the economy of Quito and Ecuador generally further develop

It shouldn't hurt - but there are a lot of other things that would help the economy of Ecuador a lot more. Those other things would do more to help the economics of the airport and airline industry as well.
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:05 pm

Very cool! Does this mean the special city qual that (at least) United requires will go away!? I sure hope so. that city can be a B... to cover!
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:11 pm

Great news as Quito really need this new airport, the current one although great for spotters is in the middle of the city and a bit dangerous.
What I don get is why use an AA plane for this and not one of an ecuadorian airline, nothing against AA here just wondering.
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:40 pm

Quoting gabo787 (Reply 10):
What I don get is why use an AA plane for this and not one of an ecuadorian airline, nothing against AA here just wondering.

This is done to simplify the certification process with the FAA, this way it is much easier to keep Ecuador's FAA CAT1 operation category.

Also a bit of trivia, Mariscal Sucre's first jet aircraft operation and inauguration of the new terminal back in the early 60's was done by an Air France Boeing 707.

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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:43 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Still, I hope this new facility will help the economy of Quito and Ecuador generally further develop

A major issue for this new airport is that once it opens, it will already exceed its designed capacity. Also, certain airlines will increase flights into the new Quito Airport once it opens. KL will increase frequency on the AMS-UIO-GYE-AMS route to 5x weekly utilizing both the B772 and the B77W. NK plans to launch a new daily service between FLL and UIO via BOG. Certain domestic carriers will increase frequencies on domestic routes, etc.

More test flights will occur at the new Quito Airport, including flights operated by cargo carriers:
Nuevo aeropuerto de Quito obtuvo certificación técnica y de pista
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:19 pm

I wonder if a 737/A320 will be able to operate nonstop to the US from the new airport without payload restrictions. UA has UIO-IAH nonstop on a 737-700, but faces weight restrictions and use to make fuel stops in PTY or GYE. Allowing a 737 or A320 to fly to destinations more than 1500 miles away without payload restrictions would probably open up new service.
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:07 pm

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 2):
and the runways are 300m (~1000 ft) longer

actually the runway is 1000 m longer, not 1000 ft.

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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:39 pm

So how long actually is the new runway?
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:34 pm

Will the new terminal mainly use jetways or more hardstands with a few jetbridges?
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:23 am

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 15):
So how long actually is the new runway?

4,100 m (13,450 ft).

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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:39 am

Quoting thenoflyzone (Reply 17):
4,100 m (13,450 ft).

Nice, thanks a lot. So will there likely be any significant payload restrictions for planned routes?
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:23 am

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 18):
Nice, thanks a lot. So will there likely be any significant payload restrictions for planned routes?

I hear it will be around 10%; in other words planes will be able to operate up to 90% of their capacity which is much better than the old one which is around 60-65%
 
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:03 pm

I presume this means flights from Europe will be able to fly directly back, rather than doing the round trip via GYE. Or will they continue to do that anyway?
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:26 am

The new Quito International Airport will retain the same name as the current airport: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre de Quito.
Mariscal Sucre es el nombre del nuevo aeropuerto de Quito

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 20):
I presume this means flights from Europe will be able to fly directly back, rather than doing the round trip via GYE.

It will enable carriers to operate routes such as UIO-JFK, UIO-MAD, etc. It will also benefit cargo carriers that operate between UIO and North America and Europe.

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The new airport, developed as a concession, has a 4.1km runway, making it the longest in Latin America. It will enable direct access to Europe and North America, developing inbound tourism and outbound export opportunities.
The airport will help Ecuador maintain its position as one of the world’s major exporter of roses, with over 19 million being flown per day in the peak season.
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RE: AA 757 Lands At The New Quito Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:52 am

Quoting gabo787 (Reply 10):
What I don get is why use an AA plane for this and not one of an ecuadorian airline, nothing against AA here just wondering

Wouldn't this be considered cabotage? AA being a US flag carrier operating a flight carrying passengers between two points within the same country? Either a charter, Govt charter, scheduled reposition, the fact remains it did carry passengers and dignitaries just between those two airports in Ecuador, did AA get a special exemption from the government to operate this flight on their behalf? Surely something would have had to be done to get around that rule, huh?
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