Friday, August 25, 2017

Why only Boeing 777-200 was given clearance

Based on the Aerodrome Reference Field Length (ARFL), the report of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) came to the conclusion that only Boeing 777-200 aircraft appeared compatible for Calicut airport.

ARFL refers to the minimum field length required for an aircraft to take off at sea level in still air and runway slope. For Boeing 777-200, the ARFL is 2,390 metres while for Airbus 330-300, it is 2,770.

Airport Director J.T. Radhakrishna said that AAI officials would now have to examine which all airline companies operated Boeing 777-200, and their interest in resuming services from the airport. “Both Saudi Airlines and Emirates had earlier operated flights from the airport,” he said.

Already, the DGCA and AAI have given directions to identify the hazards before allowing the operation of the specific type of Code E aircraft. “Saudia is likely to operate B 777-200, but we are unsure about Emirates,” Mr. Radhakrishna said.
25/08/17 The Hindu

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