WildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2452 posts, RR: 5 Posted (6 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
According to the article on bleskovky.sk, Sky Europe made the longest non-stop 73G delivery flight ever on Saturday. B 73G OM-NGK flew from Boeing field directly to BTS. The flight was 10 hours, 28 minutes long, the distance covered was 9101 km. According to bleskovky.sk, the captain, Miroslav Medzihradsky was genuinely delighted after the landing and commented: Thanks to the good tailwind and good cooperation with the ATC we finally managed to fulfill our dream and brought the aircraft directly home.
The article (unfortunately only in Slovak) is here:http://www.bleskovky.sk/cl/7/150263/Svetovy-rekord-SkyEurope-Airlines
Joost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3131 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Quoting Chksix (Reply 1): Do they use aux tanks for those flights?
No, only tailwinds. A couple of weeks ago, NE flew a 73G from SEA to PRG. In the article, they stated that originally a fuel stop in EDI was planned, but due to tailwinds, they decided that they could make it to PRG.
Fitting fuel tanks, removing them again, sending them back to SEA, etc, is defenitely more expensive than landing at some Scottish airport to get some fuel, and therefore it's only used when theres no other option, like jets to Hawaii.
Defenitely. Of course, it helps that it has no load on board that needs to be carried, and it has the winglets, but still, impressive for the aircraft.
Quoting Chksix (Reply 3): Do they fly under different minimum fuel restrictions when on those delivery flights?
They don't need to comply to the ETOPS rules, this can have some advantages while crossing the Atlantic. Besides that, they said to have a "cooperative ATC", so likely that they got some nice 'slots' in the flying corridors.