September11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7946 times:
AA flew MD-80s on its BNA/LAX route (nonstop!) That was a long flight on a MD-80, in my opinion! I wonder the longest scheduled MD-80 flight ever??? Let me throw this question: Can Delta MD-88s fly nonstop that far - like from San Francisco to Atlanta???
N960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 466 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7750 times:
Alaska's routes from Anchorage to the Russian Far East in the 1990's were probably among the longest. I don't remember what they were but I know they served Petropavlovsk, Russia (PKC) at least. North American flew JFK-LAX I believe with MD83s. Both airlines had to have extra fuel tanks? I know AS had certain planes that served the route such as N969AS which also had Russian sinage along with English and Spanish. Alaska also flew LAX-YYZ for a bit with MD80s. I feel like Reno Air flew some long flights.
Today, domestically, maybe AA's ORD-PDX at 1739 miles and blocked at 4h15m while STL-SFO is 1736 miles and blocked at 4h30.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7422 times:
The last time I flew AA LAX-IAD, it was done with a 767-200. American has three 767 IAD-LAX non-stops a day. I've also flown AA 757-200 jets IAD-LAX. I have no recollection of that route ever being done non-stop by an MD-80.
Luv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7145 times:
The AA IAD-LAX-IAD flights were done in the late 80s early 90s. I believe that it was the only flight between the 2 cities that was not a widebody flight. I flew both legs on MD80s in 1988 or 1989. LAX-IAD was a redeye, and IAD-LAX departed late around 7pm or 8pm to get to LAX in time to turn around and do the redeye.
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Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6935 times:
I did BWIA's BGI to JFKand POS to JFK on the MD-80. About 4.5 hours on average. Long flight on a plane with no IFE, but you can entertain yourself with books and a CD Player, no big issue. I have a friend who did BGI to YYZ on BWIA MD-80 as well.
In fact though BW operates the 737NG now, I prefered flying the old MD-80's as they were more comfortable.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6864 times:
I feel like Reno Air flew some long flights.
Reno Air had a couple of MD-90s, the range of which is as much as 2785nm. That could explain those Reno Air flights.
The MD-83 has a maximum range of 2504nm. Its cruise speed is approx. 440kts (504mph), giving it a maximum time-aloft of around 5hrs 40mins, though for safety reasons I doubt anyone would schedule a flight that long on an MD-80.
The "great-circle-route" distance between IAD and LAX is approx 2300 statute miles, or around 2000nm.
Even BOS to LAX is approx 2600sm (again, great-circle-route), or approx 2260nm. So an MD-80 could, theoretically, fly from BOS to LAX, though I'd never schedule it!
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