Blog: VW lengthens runway to avoid China trip fuel stops
Graeme Roberts | 14 July 2010
Longer runway = no fuel stop on the way to an event like this
How to improve access to your long-established Chinese unit from Germany? If you're Volkswagen, spend EUR 4.5m lengthening the runway at your private airport in Braunschweig so the corporate Airbus A319 can load enough fuel to avoid the mid-trip refuelling stop until recently required.
Fuel = weight, y'see, and the takeoff weight determines how much runway you need before getting airborne.
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