B737 From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4775 times:
Hello to everone
I read an article today that said "New York to Hong Kong done by UNITED AIRLINES made history as the longest Non-Stop flight, but to achieved this, the fuel tanks were full to the extreme,and the Autopilot was disengage (near the North Pole.)
My curiousity is,what was the benefits of disengaging the Autopilot?
Thanks a Million and
Airbusluver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4684 times:
Actually, the world's longest scheduled revenue flight is South African Airways from Johannesburg (South Africa) to JFK. It takes about 17 hours to complete on a 747-400. Sometimes, it can't make it all the way and they have to stop to refuel.
Jet_lag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4611 times:
I noticed that most of the time, airlines don't make use of a plane's full range. In fact,
most of the time they don't even come close. This is most notable on regional routes,
where, for example, NW doesn't fly any 727's farther than about 1000 miles, even
though the plane's range is well above 1500 miles. While on the other hand 744 has
8400 miles of range, and was flown almost all the way to HKG.
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34614 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4595 times:
CBA, ATL-CPT is non-stop, but CPT-ATL makes a stop at FLL. It used to be Cape Verde, but Miami is a huge South African market, so with a stop at FLL not only can the plane refuel to ATL, but it can also let off the many passengers terminating in Miami.
VH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4495 times:
So is this the official reason why UA have temporarily suspended the LAX-MEL non-stop service until next (northern) winter? Currently they are back flying UA841 ORD-LAX-AKL-MEL & v.v.
I understood that UA needed the modified B744's they were using for the LAX-MEL services to commence the JFK-HKG flights?
Can anyone confirm this?
Cheers - BZF
Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!