I've read a couple of posts where people have doubts as to whether a 763, for instance, could operate safely from MDW
. Why couldn't it? It's an excellent performing aircraft, like the 753, which DOES operate from MDW
on a regular basis. Putting this into perspective, let's look at operations from OGG
(Maui). They only have 7,000 feet! Look at the heavies that operate from there? Currently 777s, 764s, 763s!! I'm sure they're all pretty damn heavy, too! AS
all or most of those flights are NON-STOP to LAX
...I think UA
even has/had a NON-STOP to ORD
? Does that still exist?? Hell, AF
flies NON-STOP to CDG
with an A343 from SXM
(although that flight's gotta be severely weight restricted). That runway's only a mere 7,500 feet!
Case and point, I realize MDW
has a different set of challenges(operational wise), several obstructions surrounding their runways, threshold displacements and the like, BUT the 2 longest runways there are approx. 6,500 feet. YES, it's SHORT, but obviously long enough to handle a 757-300, so I should think a 767 wouldn't have too much trouble at all operating from MDW
. Piece of cake!