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NBA Team 737 In Mel?  
User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Posted (16 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Check out this photo of the NBA's Orlando Magic at MEL!

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How did they get this plane from Orlando all the way to MEL? It is only a 737!!!! And even if the team was playing a special game over there, there's no way a 737-300 can cross the pacific!! How do they do it?

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1806 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

733s can fly from USA to MEL. Otherwise AN and QF would never have had theirs delivered. It's just that the route usually involves crossing the North Pacific from Canada to Japan and then down through Asia to Australia. With temporary fuel tanks the planes could hop from Hawaii through Fiji and on to Australia. The longest sector here is from mainland USA to Hawaii.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

A B737-300 can fly from the west coast to MEL via Hawaii without too much trouble. The longest sector would be from California to Hawaii. I have seen Aloha's ETOPS B737-200 at Oakland several times and Aloha flies daily OAK-HNL and OAK-OGG flights with B737-700's.

We get a lot of small planes being ferried to the South Pacific through the Bay Area. We even get little single engine Cessna types with added fuel tanks making the trip. For though guys it can be a 20 hr flight from SF to HNL ! (Now that is what I call bladder control!) A couple of months a we had an Island Air DHC8 being ferried through SJC to HNL. I talked to the pilots and they were planning on 11 hrs for the flight!

Richard Silagi

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

I never knew 737's could be ETOPS certified. I thought that applied to bigger jets that commonly make cross-ocean flights. i guess you wouldn't want to have 737 service even tho the plane can do it because its more expensive on fuel and takes longer probably.

I wouldn't want to be stuck in a little 737 for that long.....wonder how those tall basketball players felt after that long trip!

Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

737 ETOPS was something Aloha pionnered about 10 years ago. Actually the longest sector would be the HNL-NAN flight. About 3000 miles, which is a stretch for a non-new generation 737, but Air Pacific run a 738 on NAN-HNL. So it can be done.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

I don't think the basketball players we're on there. The season ended for them a week or two ago (before that pic was taken). They charter it in the off season I believe.

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