Capt078 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
you have to be careful about the manufacturer's info, not because it is inaccurate, but because it is often vague. the longest commercial flight is a south african 747-400 from johannesburg to atlanta at 8440 miles. this flight is only nonstop during certain months because of temperature, humidity, and of course winds. this is not to say that the a340-500 doesn't have the best range. what it means is that the 747-400s used by saa may be specially configured. the manufacturer's info does not include special configurations. another example is the continental 777-200s that operate out ewr-hkg nonstop. this flight is over 8000 miles too, but again, on a specially configured plane.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1791 times:
another example is the continental 777-200s that operate out ewr-hkg nonstop. this flight is over 8000 miles too, but again, on a specially configured plane.
Where do you get that nonsense from? All of CO's 772ERs share the same configuration, and their capacity is in line with other 2-class 772s.
When and if the 777-200LR flies it will edge it by 150nm or so.
As engineered, the 772LR will actually have a 598mi longer range than the A345... considering the above-expected performance of the 773ER, we'll more than likely see that advantage grow even more in favor of the 777NG
MD-87ER From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
And who wants to sit in a plane for more than 16 hours... If I am getting tired, what about the crew? I am not confident that the Pilots will like to fly for such a long time, even if they can rest for some time.
I am sure that you will count the actuall routes were those aircraft can be economically used on one hand, so this is a total niche segment and spending lots and lots of money to develop aircraft that can fly more than half around the globe is in my view a waste of money.