Scand From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2100 times:
SAS flew all of its 737-600/700
NON-STOP from SEA to ARN.
Total airborne time between 8-10 hours.
The 737-800 had to make a fuel stop in KEF/iceland due to its shorter range. If I am not wrong one of the first flights did set the airborne time world record(?) for the 737-600 with a airborne time of 10h and 4min.
777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
As others have pointed out - the quoted range is based on a 'typical' configuration and a 'typical' load factor. Since fuel burn increases with the weight carried, an empty plane can fly MUCH further than the quoted range of the aircraft.
Also, sometimes other tricks are used, such as additional fuel tanks in the cargo hold or using special high density fuel.
And if none of the above work, there are plenty of place to stop in both the atlantic and the pacific.