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Video: Boeing 777-200LR's 2005 Record-Breaking Flight!  
User currently offlinepropilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 600 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22072 times:

"It was like no other flight" check out this video at Boeing.com. 23 hour non stop flight from Hong Kong to London heading east bound.

http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/11/bca_777-200lr_11_23_10.html

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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12480 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22003 times:

Great achievement, no doubt, but couldn't they just have gone westbound and get there 12 hours earlier, time enough for lunch, shopping and a show?

User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21958 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
Great achievement, no doubt, but couldn't they just have gone westbound and get there 12 hours earlier, time enough for lunch, shopping and a show?

But isnt the point of the flight to fly as far as possible?



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User currently offlinepropilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21957 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
Great achievement, no doubt, but couldn't they just have gone westbound and get there 12 hours earlier, time enough for lunch, shopping and a show?

yea they could have, the question was running in my mind also, but they were trying to prove a point, and that point was to break the longest flying record of hours in one single flight.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21680 times:

Shouldn't distance records be done with a plane that is fully configured? it seems rather worthless to claim a record with a stripped down plane.


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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4928 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 21651 times:

If I am not mistaken Qantas holds the record and it still stands today operating the longest route nonstop LHR to SYD...
Delivery flight of a B744...



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User currently offlineCM767 From Panama, joined Dec 2004, 655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20982 times:

Not something that I would like to do, but criticism over this flight is totally bias. It was part of the marketing campaign by Boeing and at the same time the LR was proved, was wrong with it?


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User currently offlineanshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 20581 times:

I'm pretty sure there's a trip report on a.net by somebody who was on this flight. I remember reading it quite a while ago.

It was a brilliant marketing campaign and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Worse things have been done to the environment for the most mundane of things.


User currently offlinelucky777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 20403 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 10):
If I am not mistaken Qantas holds the record and it still stands today operating the longest route nonstop LHR to SYD...
Delivery flight of a B744...

Perhaps so, but LHR-SYD is "only" 9,200nm versus the 11,600nm the 777LR did. And since it was a delivery flight, my guess is there were only a few flight crews onboard and perhaps some VIP's, essentially the same as the LR flight with 35 journalists.


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 20002 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
Great achievement, no doubt, but couldn't they just have gone westbound and get there 12 hours earlier, time enough for lunch, shopping and a show?

This is old news. The flight happened several years ago as part of LR entering into service marketing scheme. They wanted to test if the LR is in realy works the way they designed it to be.


User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 18153 times:

SO without starting a whole other thread this begs the question for me. Why isnt there a LHR-SYD-LHR flight being flown? Profitability?

User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17959 times:

Quoting Aeroflot001 (Reply 25):
SO without starting a whole other thread this begs the question for me. Why isnt there a LHR-SYD-LHR flight being flown? Profitability?

Basically. If you read the article linked at the top of the thread, it said this flight could only carry 35 people because it needed to carry so much fuel. Granted, LHR-SYD isn't quite as far, but nonetheless, you wouldn't be able to carry very many passengers on a flight that long. Therefore, the flight would probably be quite unprofitable.

[Edited 2010-11-24 20:46:42]


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User currently offlineJHCRJ700 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17933 times:

Quoting Aeroflot001 (Reply 25):
SO without starting a whole other thread this begs the question for me. Why isnt there a LHR-SYD-LHR flight being flown? Profitability?

Part of it is the technical challenges of a fully configured plane operating the flight. Another big part of it is the passengers. I mean who would want to be on a plane for such an extended period of time? I love flying, but a flight like that is just toooo long



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User currently offlinejetlife2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 221 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10438 times:

Quoting anshuk (Reply 7):
I'm pretty sure there's a trip report on a.net by somebody who was on this flight.

That was me and the report is here if you want a lot more detail

Hong Kong To London The Long Way (by Jetlife2 May 23 2007 in Trip Reports)

In the article just referenced I'm on the far left in the goofy "stretching" picture.

BTW we landed with 1.5 hrs fuel remaining....


User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10226 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
Great achievement, no doubt, but couldn't they just have gone westbound and get there 12 hours earlier, time enough for lunch, shopping and a show?

But isnt the point of the flight to fly as far as possible?

Ooops, I think someone missed the sarcasm there!!

I think that was a great little marketing campaign there. Sure would be cool to be able to say you were one of the people on it.



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User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10198 times:

Quoting jetlife2 (Reply 13):
BTW we landed with 1.5 hrs fuel remaining....

Lucky you! That is impressive, so with another 1.5 hours of fuel on board, the plane theoretically could have flown well over 12,000nm and still had a little in reserve. I named my username after this plane for a reason-just so impressive.



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User currently offlineWNWatcher From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

Quoting EA772LR (Reply 15):
so with another 1.5 hours of fuel on board, the plane theoretically could have flown well over 12,000nm and still had a little in reserve

So, how do you figure another 12K?



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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

Quoting WNWatcher (Reply 16):
Quoting EA772LR (Reply 15):
so with another 1.5 hours of fuel on board, the plane theoretically could have flown well over 12,000nm and still had a little in reserve

So, how do you figure another 12K?

Even 1,200nm seems long.



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User currently offlineha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5837 times:
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Quoting WNWatcher (Reply 16):

So, how do you figure another 12K?

Not another 12,000 nm, but a total flight distance of over 12,000 nm. The record breaking flight was 11,600 nm. With 1.5 hours of fuel left, they theoretically could have flown another 600+ nm to break the 12,000 nm mark.


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