I chose to post this on these forum because on the civil av one it would have turned into a :
1) An A vs B bashing feast
2) Personal attacks on the crew
3) Armchair piloting
I have some questions regarding this incident:
1) First of all, why would a trained, professional BA crew choose to take off on an intersection on an airport that is already one with a short runway. Granted, sea level, light load, but still? If you have the whole runway, why choose to take-off from an intersection?
2) Can a Captain overrride an airport tower and actually suggest from where it would be more convenient for them to take-off? Does he have that authority?
3) Does BA pressure its crews so much on schedule keeping that BA Captains end up doing this type of thing?
4) I once saw an AR 747-SP take off from an intersection at MEX. It was the flight bound for LIM, so it might have been light. Trusting my memory, I would say that intersection was at the end of what in the late 80´s was the end of the international gates.
I do not intend to judge the captain. The real reason I want to learn about this is because it does seem a very strange incident to me. In that context, was the captain:
3)Suffering from get-there-itis
4)BA OPS and Scheduling pressure
5) Error tunnel vision
Again, I do not want to bash any company or crew member. This report simply seems very interesting to me and I wanted to find out as much info as possible and in this site, it can only be done in this forum. I appreciate any contributions.