Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
I would think that only longest route is only one-way because of tailwind save fuel from Atlanta to Cape Town, SA is 8,130 miles on South Africa Airways of the 747-400. They can't use westbound only one stop somewhere I can't find where they stop at. The other way, UAL has round trip longest route btwn ORD-HKG on 747-400 with 7,782 miles.
DEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
While we're on the ORD-HKG subject, an AA 777 has recently flown the route. It was the first twinjet to fly a trans-polar route. Apparently, the trip is a longer distance this way, but the winds are more favorable, making for a shorter journey time. Sorry, this is all I could remember. I read the article in the current Airliner World, which is in my locker at work, so I can't refer to it.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8336 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (14 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1434 times:
BTW, United have certain aircraft for the ultra-long haul services such as NYC - Tokyo and O'Hare - Tokyo, based on the actual combinations of airframe and engines. Apparently the performance of one 747-400 is not identical to any another! In normal operation it makes no difference and of course take-off weight and speed calculations etc are not changed to bring into the account the performance of the actual airframe, but there are minute differences in fuel burn from aircraft to aircraft and only the best performers are the ones assigned to the ultra-long haul flights! Strange but apparently true!
The longest flight I've ever been on was Delta La Guardia to Atlanta. The shortest is Athens to Sydney on Olympic (I swallowed a lump of hash before we took off). Hahaha.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz