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Leeds / Bradford Airport Forum | PIA increase ISB flights from LBA for summer 09
There are also rumours circulating widely that PIA intend operating a Dubai - Leeds - Dublin route. It is hoped these rumours are as accurate as those regarding the ISB additional flight, as Dubai would be a terrific new route and another feather in the cap of Bridgepoint, the new owners.
Even PIA seemed to think that all their passengers came from Bradford too. Their initial publicity on their web site only mentioned Bradford, and their route map still shows Bradford - no mention of Leeds. But when booking flights, they get it right - Leeds Bradford comes up.
Just to make things more confusing still though, when you walk into the terminal at LBA, there is a big PIA poster stating Leeds to Islamabad, and no mention of Bradford! And. their recent announcement in Pakistan about increasing the weekly flights announced that they would be increasing their flights from Islamabad to Leeds!
I'd expect it to do a quick unpressurised flight to somewhere like Manchester and into the TCX hangars. As long as the frames are not distorted it shouldn't take much work
Must of been an easy fix
I think there are also some A310s around at places like Filton. If the reinforcing frames around the door are intact then it isn't a huge job. Just as fiddly as you'd expect with hydraulics and electric motors to be attached.
after a suspicious package was found on board the Pakistani flight to Islamabad tonight..the aircraft is currently sitting on the runway...Sky Breaking News reports tonight......
Official sources at LBA say that PIA have confirmed that they will be replacing the A310 on the LBA to ISB route with a Boeing 777 - probably a 200ER series, which has similar take off performance and even longer range than the A310. No date given, but it will happen. Some preparation work on the ground at LBA may be required first, particularly around the parking apron, but when it happens it will be a real boost for the airport. Sad to see the A310 go though.
Manchester has had terrible problems with their 777 operations. The three axle main gear has been really tough on corners, especially on high weight models like the 773ER. Taking a sharp bend or backtracking 180 turn can damage the taxiway surfaces, and the pavement loading per wheel on a 773ER is higher than an A380 or 744. The 772 isn't quite as bad but it still has that three axle bogie and a high loading. The A380 is another aircraft with that scrubbing issue.
I think LBA managers will want to do some serious checking and maybe test flights if possible before any 777 operations.
I have also heard a rumour that Thomas Cook will be bringing in a A330-200 for either the winter or summer, for extra charters, Fingers crossed that they do!!!
However it isn't much of an issue with the 777, what is a problem is the airport layout.
I understand this could be a problem, especially with the turning pad at the 32 runway end. A parallel taxiway could improve this, although there is something in the masterplan about this????
Another sourse has informed me that Serviceair have bought some new equipment for toing/pushing back a 772 aircraft....Now i am confused..
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