GunFighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
Yesterday while reading my monthly issue of airliners world i started wondering something.
United Airlines is known to be an Airbus lover
they have a lot of those birds flying.
now here comes the question. e.g. The A319 is build in Hamburg if i am correct, well how do they get those A319's to the US ???
Do they fly the leg with more then one stop or what ???
what is the official procedure for this.
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1608 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1201 times:
Depending on the plane, most of the time they just fuel them up and fly them over. Of course, the 319 does not have the range to make it to Canada or the US non-stop. They probably stop in Iceland and Gander. Most planes have more fuel capacity than needed. When full-fuelled they should have an endurance of about 5+ hours.
Slawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1189 times:
Actually the 319 could fly from England or even France to New Foundland, or Nova Scotia non stop, expecially with no people. and if they make a stop in Canada from Europe and then put the plane into service, like for example fly it from Hamburg to Paris, then Halifax and then send it to Toronto to operate a flight from Toronto to Denver they do not have to pay the huge import taxes on the airplane. But back to your first question, the plane is empty so it has a bit more range, and it makes stops along the way, but if it has to cross the pacific and can not make a stop along the way they fit the plane with extra fuel tanks inside the passenger cabin.
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TR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1168 times:
I read about the Airbus factory at Hamburg in the German magazine Aero. In this article it was stated that the "mini"-Airbusses tranfering to American customers used two different routings. Either with stops at Shannon and Gander or with a single stop in Iceland. The route is often specified by the airline which is taking delivery of the aircraft as their own crews might be in charge of the flight for pratice or testing.
You see the same procedure with "Baby"-Boeings headed for Europe and De Havilland / Bombardier.
AI744LR From Thailand, joined May 2001, 106 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1085 times:
I have always wondered about the same thing. Being from Thailand, I had always wondered how the "baby boeing" 737s made it there (for Thai). Naturally, they couldn't have made it through the pacific. I guess they must have taken the Iceland route.