canadiantree From France, joined Jun 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5080 times:
Did a search on the forum and couldn't find an answer. The above route will be operated by OK's own metal and is stated as follows:
-OK 350 PRG-AUH 10:35 PM-07:30 AM (+1) 2,778 mi (4,471 km) block time: 5:55
-OK 353 AUH-PRG 02:35 AM-06:00 AM 2,778 mi (4,471 km) block time: 6:25
This seems like an extremely long haul for an A321... Can the plane actually operate this route safely without refuelling?
Thanks to the pros on this forum for their forthcoming insight!
Lucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5070 times:
Thomas Cook Airlines operates flights HEL-LPA with their A321 fitted with extra tanks. Great circle map says HEL-LPA is 4700km or 2920mi, so a bit longer. The flight schedule below is copied from Tjäreborg, a semi-Finnish travel agency (I removed the non-essential Finnish text to avoid clutter)
Helsinki, Suomi 7:45
Gran Canaria, Espanja 12:05
6 tuntia 20 min
Thomas Cook Airlines
Gran Canaria, Espanja, 9.11.2011, 13:25
Helsinki, Suomi, 9.11.2011, 21:35
6 tuntia 10 min
Thomas Cook Airlines
So to answer you question, there probably will be a payload restriction. The Thomas Cook A321, although packed with over 200 seats, carries very little load in the hold per the airlines very tight luggage restrictions. And as said earlier, they have extra fuel tanks to make the trip.
AY has sometimes had to cover broken a 757 with an A321 on that route and they have had to make a fuel stop in France to make it.
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 4434 times:
Quoting 330lover (Reply 8): Does not specify which type of 32S, so any of these could be 321
Exactly! What I know from my sources in OK, the route is mainly flown with A319 and the loads are not great. I am scared the route might be shut down soon Which would not suprise me with OK, they are very skilled and adding routes which they promtly cancel.