VHZNE wrote:Boof wrote:
Something isn't adding up with the antarctic charter either - the 747 will now arrive around 9pm into HBA on return and I assume will deplane and then ferry empty to MEL. Surely HBA wouldn't have built a runway that cannot service the take off of a three quarters loaded 747....
The 747 will probably position back to Sydney, as no flights are operating with QF 747s out of MEL.
The runway also isn’t a waste of money as aircraft are getting smaller these days such as the A350 and 787 compared to 747s and A380s. Weather of that day of the Antartica flight may also be an issue for the 747.
Yes you're correct SYD it will be. I was thinking MEL as that is the originating port of the charter.
I agree about smaller aircraft and the runway, HBA need to fish where the fish are so no point building something for A380's when they are never coming. I just can't understand how this debacle has happened where the 747 was supposed to originate in HBA. The runway is 500m shorter than what a 744 needs at MTOW for take off. I'm not sure how much runway they would eat up for this charter but given there are no bags and no cargo it seems odd that a runway that is "complete" can't accommodate what was planned. Someone has stuffed up!