The performance capabilities of every flight, every day, at every airport are well controlled
by the 'Airplane Flight Manual' rules, which are mostly automated these days, to take account
of all possible variables at each ICAO approved airport. Airbus would only have to dial in NZWN
parameters to get all the answers.
Wellington City authorities are well known to want long haul flights.
Airbus are well known to want NZ to buy A350's
If by automated you mean a performance programme where the crew input the required variables and an answer is provided rather than using charts, then yes.
tealnz wrote:ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:a7ala wrote:On other news today, Airbus bring the A350-900 to WLG for wet-runway testing next week.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/104 ... s-aircraft
Oooooooo. Very neat. Here's hoping they discover they can make it to SIN. Very unlikely, but I can hope. :p
Fascinating. That's a big unanswered question. We had a thread last year https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1351457 that tried to get some answers. The analysis in the Astral report (the basis for the runway extension proposal) http://www.connectwellington.co.nz/stat ... rt%201.pdf claimed that the 359 had a big issue with landing distance at Wellington on the existing runway.
The discussion quickly veered off course But there was a post from Zeke, drawing on the Airbus performance database, arguing that the 359 could land at MLW (the Astral report suggested landing distance was the big issue for the 359) and could carry full pax as far as Beijing. No-one challenged him on it but no-one seemed to have any answers on Astra's claim about landing performance problems for the 359.
The other curiosity in all of this is that SQ now has heaps of experience operating a 77E out of Wellington. Outbound it has obviously been operating only at weights needed for the short hop to Canberra. But we have never seen a good answer on why the 77E can comfortably land at Wellington while a 359 (according to the Astra report) cannot.
My guess would be some additional testing to validate a flight manual change or supplement for this specific model? Possibly hoping to better what was achieved during the initial flight test programme, possibly with some brake or system mods?? There has been plenty of industry talk that SQ will be replacing the 772 with the A350 later this year. True or not I don't know.