Phllax From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 483 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10676 times:
The winds have been light to none this past week.
Actually it's taken anywhere from 15-20 minutes longer to go East than West. My LAX-PHL red-eye on 8/28 took 5 hours, where my PHL-LAX yesterday took 4:45. Seems like a reverse of the normal wind pattern/jet stream.
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3366 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10676 times:
Quoting Chris133 (Reply 3): I don't think that is much of a surprise, the -900er has a range of 3,200 nautical miles (5,925 km) - two-class layout, 2 aux. tanks 2,700 nautical miles - one class layout (per the Boeing website).
Can't be a -900er...
"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10406 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10369 times:
He's talking about Continental Airlines flight 1502 EWR-LAX tonight departing at 7:10pm.
The 739 has the range to do it. With strong winds or when the load is high, then the plane can struggle to make the route. But this isn't completely new. AS went to the 738 because it had more practial operating range. The figures on Boeing's website are representative of the best case condition with no winds.
It is definitely not a 739ER since only 5 have been built and all have gone to Lion Air in Indonesia.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
Seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6653 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10322 times:
Shorter transcons like EWR-LAX would rarely cause a problem for the 739A in the summer. AS's seasonal second SEA-BOS-SEA flight has been a 739A for a couple of years. It hasn't had anything like the troubles that AS had when they tried to do SEA-MCO-SEA year round with the 739A.
Given the frequently ridiculous demand, I'm surprised that AS doesn't operate SEA-DCA-SEA with 739s in the summer.
PHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1201 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8041 times:
Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 18): But not necessarily 739s, usually 737-800 units with turkish, UK charter airlines etc.
Apart from that, EWR-LAS is a whole lot further than many European routes anyway.
If your compare TFN-DUB or TFN-NRN (1560nm and 1716nm resp) both operated with 738 to EWR-LAS (1935nm) you will get the point.
Europeans tend to forget how big the US really is, few of us realize that the distance New York - Los Angeles is equal to London - Baghdad, Rome - Lagos (Nigeria) and Stockholm - Kabul (Afghanistan).
Now try THAT on a 737...
ASMD11 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7800 times:
Quoting Seabosdca (Reply 10): Given the frequently ridiculous demand, I'm surprised that AS doesn't operate SEA-DCA-SEA with 739s in the summer.
Because of the runway length in DCA and other issues the 739 can't make it all the way to SEA with a useful load of fuel/pax. It has been done a few times but that flight would usually make a flagstop in DEN though on a one occasion they made it to GEG for the flagstop for fuel.