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Author Topic: [-] Costs of handling at airports?  (Read 517 times)

sambessey

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[-] Costs of handling at airports?
« on: February 28, 2009, 11:11:58 PM »
Hi,

Imagine I am flying A-B-C.

B is a tech. stop because the runway at A is too short to make it to C.

In real life, airliners use airports where they already have a presence as opposed to those where they do not. This must be for cost reasons?

For example.

Bristol (UK) to Cancun (Mexico) requires a technical stop if carrying a full load of pax, as the route is typically served on a 767-200ER. This aircraft cannot TO from Bristol with sufficient fuel to fly non- stop. The aircraft refuels in Manchester before continuing to Cancun. Logically, this makes no sense, as refuelling in -say- Madrid, Dublin, Lisbon, Gran Canaria, etc would be more logical as it is directly en- route, as opposed to Manchester, which is North East of Bristol (Cancun is very much South West :D).

They must do this because they have a large presence/ handling contract at Manchester and fuelling elsewhere would be prohibitively expensive. Is it possible to implement this into the game?

Thanks
« Last Edit: January 04, 2011, 09:03:21 PM by sami »

Offline jewiden

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Re: Costs of handling at airports?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 11:32:54 PM »
The aircraft refuels in Manchester before continuing to Cancun. Logically, this makes no sense, as refuelling in -say- Madrid, Dublin, Lisbon, Gran Canaria, etc would be more logical as it is directly en- route, as opposed to Manchester, which is North East of Bristol (Cancun is very much South West :D).
You geography seems messed up mixing Dublin with Madrid, Lisbon og Gran Canaria :)
And don't forget about the great circle routes, making Manchester more on route from Bristol to Cancun than Madrid, Lisbon etc.
As you can see on this page, MAN or DUB is obviously shorter than the others.

Offline Seattle

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Re: Costs of handling at airports?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 11:40:03 PM »
uhmm.... not really.... Cancun is closer to MAD and LIS because we are flying south, not north  ;)
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Offline jewiden

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Re: Costs of handling at airports?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 11:44:44 PM »
Because the earth is a sphere, flying north *is* shorter.

Offline Seattle

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Re: Costs of handling at airports?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 11:52:04 PM »
but you fly south to Cancun? ???
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Mahon

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Re: Costs of handling at airports?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 06:57:12 AM »
It's more like WNW. Your initial heading out of Bristol to get to Cancun will be about 279 degrees. Though the plane doesn't actually turn (ideally), its orientation towards the north pole will change along the length of the course. By the time you reach Cancun, your heading will indicate about 221 degrees.

Get a globe, get some string, and stretch it tight along the surface of the globe between Bristol and Cancun and you'll see what cedlind is getting at.

 

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