I was wondering how this worked...
Air New Zealand used to operate a Boeing 737-219 on the Auckland-Napier-Wellington route. The aeroplane had around 8 business class seats, and 100 economy class.
The thing is that not only was it a very short route, but the runway at Napier is 1310 x 45m (4300 x 150ft).
The runway is PCN 22 FBXU
(It also has Low Intensity Lighting, Low Intensity Lighting ALS, 1 bar, and PAPI 3.0 TCH 47ft)
The actual milage is:
Auckland - Napier, 204 miles (326km)
Napier - Wellington, 168 miles (269km)
I am wondering what load restrictions would be on the 737; the minimum safe take off and landing lengths of a 737-200; and how they managed to do it full stop - it sounds like there would be a lot of stress on the aeroplane, operating it to such a short runway and on such short sectors. I'm wondering how on earth they managed to stop it in time, and not go off the end of the runway!
The fuel burn must have been awful too...
Also - what would a likely max cruise altitude be on a short flight like this with a 737?
And just out of interest, does the answer to the above questions change much with the other models of the Boeing 737?
They used to get a hot meal served in business class too on these one hour routes, back when they ran this route through much of the 1990s!!!