Adric10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6495 times:
sorry if this has been posted before -- I checked the archives and didn't see anything, so here goes...
I'm curious how short-haul aircraft (717, turboprops, etc) get delivered to overseas destinations that otherwise seem to be out of their range? Like... How did HA get their 717s to the islands, since there's nowhere to stop between the west coast and Hawaii? Or is this within their range when the planes are empty? The same goes for turboprop aircraft... somehow they get across oceans, but how?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6427 times:
Extra fuel tanks, and where practical, 'island hopping'. Deliveries between the USA and Europe of small a/c may require fuel stops in Gander (Newfoundland, Canada), Iceland, and UK/Ireland, or even the Azores/Canary Islands. For the Pacific, that may include via Hawaii, and various small Pacific islands, if to the south Pacific. Eastern Asia may include Anchorage, South Korea. Special temporary certification may be required as to the extra fuel tanks, pilots qualifications, through inspection of a/c before and during the flight.
There have been several other threads on these subjects, including the delivery of general aircraft, with links as to when things go wrong which are facinating story.
For example the EMB145s purchased by what was then British Regional Airways and is now BA Connect were routed SJK-REC-FEN-LPA-OPO-BRS-IOM (San Jose de Campos, Recife-Guararapes, Fenando de Noronha (all Brazil), Las Palmas (Spanish Gran Canaria), Oporto, Bristol, Isle of Man).
This was a three day trip with, for example, G-EMBX leaving SJK on 22 March 02 and arriving at BRS on 24 March. But this relatively long elapsed time was almost certainly down to there being just one flight crew on the ferry flight rather than the length of the journey. Interestingly, however, the trans-Atlantic island hopping takes a minor place to the positioning of the aircraft in Brazil in preparation for the over-water flight.