Question About LGA...

Tue Oct 17, 2000 9:31 pm

Hey everyone. How is it going?

I have a quick question about LGA. Has a 747 ever landed @ LGA? It's something that got my attention this morning because i know Delta flies 767s into LGA and this is a fairly large aircraft. They also used to fly L-1011s into LGA (I believe the L-1011 is bigger than the 767).

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RE: Question About LGA...

Wed Oct 18, 2000 12:06 am

Continental and American have both flown DC-10s into LGA in the past,but I think a 747 is just too big.It may be able to land there,but the taxi ways and gates I don't think could handle one.
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RE: Question About LGA...

Wed Oct 18, 2000 12:42 am

No 747s at LGA, the runways are too short. LGA also did not handle 707, DC-8 or 720 aircraft. National (1st), American, and others all flew DC-10-10s into LGA, and DL L1011-1 and later 767-200/300, but these aircraft need less runway than a 747. As a matter of fact, one of the design criteria of the DC-10/L1011 was its ability to land at LGA. Back in the early 70s, it was much more common to see wide-body aircraft on domestic routes; for example, National was all wide-body between NYC and Florida at one time. Hubs and increased frequencies have of course changed all of that. Also, remember that LGA is limited to flight of approx 2000 miles or less - you can fly from LGA to Denver, for example, but not to Salt Lake City (much to DL's annoyance!).
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RE: Question About LGA...

Wed Oct 18, 2000 12:48 am

Why are flights from LGA limited to 2000 miles or less? Although I always realized that there were no transcontinental flights from there, I never realized it was an imposed restriction. (actualy, I never thought about it at all). Obviously since DC-10's, L1101's and the like can land there, flights of longer duration must be possible. Who set's the limits?