goinv
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Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:44 am

Hi,

There have been rumors on the local news that local councilors are looking to start flights from Aberdeen (UK) to Houston (Texas). They believe that there is a market for direct flights as the two cities are linked with oil!

Whilst I personally doubt it will ever happen, I am curious as to what aircraft could be used.

ABZ has a runway 5948 feet long and the flight distance is in excess of 4000 miles.

I reckon only the following aircraft could complete the flight non-stop - but would any of them be able to get off the ground in less than 6000ft with the necessary fuel and payload to make a trip like this worthwhile?

767 / 777/ 747 / A330 / A340 / L1011 / DC10 / MD11

Lastly, what operator if any would be likely to operate this?
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Gary2880
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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:20 am

Quoting Goinv (Thread starter):
but would any of them be able to get off the ground in less than 6000ft

yes

Quoting Goinv (Thread starter):
with the necessary fuel and payload to make a trip like this worthwhile?

pppprobably not... If they did I think we would have to relay our landing lights after each takeoff

continental is the alleged operator, so their 757 maybe, still may be too heavy?

Fingers crossed anyway, would be one hell of a different thing to photograph!

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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 3:56 pm

In "Civil" it was speculated that ABZ might see an extension of CO´s service to MAN (from EWR IIRC).
Any "direct" (= "nonstop") flight from ABZ to IAH probably wouldn´t be able to use an a/c bigger than BBJ/BBJ2/A319CJ due to runway limitations.
Also: Who should FILL a B752 from ABZ regularly ? There shouldn´t be THAT many oil-people around ... Therefore a BBJ (..) like in PrivatAir´s configuration would be a good option. OTOH, KL just introduced such a BBJ-op from AMS to IAH also aimed at "oil-people"...
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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:22 am

Quoting HT (Reply 2):
Who should FILL a B752 from ABZ regularly

Aberdeen is the oil capital of the world, Houston the oil capital of north America.
Most international companies that have an office in Aberdeen also haven an office in Houston.
So there probably would be big demand.

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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:04 am

The BBJ is a 737-700 (or -800 for the BBJ2) with extra fuel tanks that take up most of the cargo room. It could make it, but not with very many people on board. They're operated under Part 91 and Part 135. In short, they're not going to be the answer for scheduled air carrier service on that route.
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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:55 am

Aberdeen's claim to be "the oil capital of the Universe and everywhere really" goes back well over twenty years. The single strip in operation is the same size it was all those years ago, notwithstanding the annual chatter about extending it over the river to the north or the undulating ground to the south.

Aberdeen did once upon a time have a very close manufacturing and operating relationship with Houston, resulting in a regular traffic of Stetson toting, all 'Merican boys and a considerable volume of freight in both directions. Today Aberdeen would probably have as close a relationship with Venezuela or Nigeria as it does with Houston.

I'd be interested to hear it explained "why there probably would be big demand" for an ABZ-IAH service now, when there self evidently wasn't sufficient demand during the boom.
 
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RE: Aberdeen To Houston - Aircraft Type?

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