|Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 5):|
I think airports like BOS, BDL, SNN, DUB, BFS, EDI, NCL, MAN, etc need narrowbodies because the markets are thinner. Airports in the UK outside of London weren't getting any service to the US other than some minimal traffic at MAN.
It seems quite obvious that the B737-8 and -9 are useless at these airports and for trans-Atlantic flight.
I've compiled the longest runways at these airports:
: 10,083 ft.
: 9,510 ft.
: 10,495 ft.
: 8,652 ft.
: 9,121 ft.
: 8,386 ft.
: 7,641 ft.
: 10,007 ft.
: 10,056 ft.
Now according to Air Insight:
"As an example, according to Boeing, a B737-8MAX will be unable to take off from Minneapolis at MTOW. Minneapolis is at 800 ft but its longest runway is 11,000 ft. This makes you wonder about the -9MAX. Will it need 11-12,000+ ft at sea level? The -900ER already needs almost 10,000ft at sea level on a standard day.”"
This means that the B737-8 and -9 won't be able to take off at any of these airports at Maximum takeoff weight. MTOW is pretty much a given for a trans-Atlantic flight.
Therefore it seems evident that the B737MAX (apart perhaps from the -7) are useless on the North-Atlantic. The A320NEO might however be useful however.
Questionable B737MAX Field Performance (by eaa3 Aug 22 2012 in Tech Ops)