From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Philip M. Chuang) Organization: Merit Network, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Date: 03 Aug 93 23:06:48 PDT References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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>There's another market for the BAe 146 (soon to be the BAe RJ). That's >service to small downtown airports, based on it's short take off and >landing capability. London City Airport and Stockholm Bromma come to >mind. I think it's also capable of using Miegs Field (Chicago) and >Lakefront (Cleveland) but other (non-flight) regulations prohibit this >at the moment (anyone know the details about this). > Washington National would also be ideal for the 146, especially for the late-night New York Shuttles. Unfortunately, an official at National told me a month a ago that they "actively frawn upon" allowing operations of 4-engined jets or wide-bodies into the airport. They believe that the local (highly expensive) communities will have the impression that National Airport would use it as the beginning of the slippery-slope toward allowing 747's to land there! This not only explains why the 146 does not land at National, but also why no 767's or A300/A310's land there. Interestingly enough, there are only two jetliners that can land at National during the night curfew--The Fokker F100 and the 757, but the Pratt & Whitney powered model only.