The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6082 posts, RR: 56 Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 726 times:
I would think so since it has about the same range as the 744. China Southern flies nonstop LAX-CAN which is a similiar distance as LAX-SYD. I think they have payload penatlies on the westbound flight due to winds, but winds are usually less a factor to the South Pacific. I don't think American will start this route, but maybe Continental will give it a try? I think American will fly DFW-SYD when (if) they get 777-200X. United probably will fly ORD-SYD with the same plane. Just speculating.....The777Man
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....GA, T5, CI and LX 777s
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4510 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 689 times:
120 mins. ETOPS for LAX-SYD would do the trick, except for a small sliver of ocean between the US Mainland and the Hawaiian Islands. 180 mins. ETOPS is more than sufficient for the flight...that one really surprised me!
Maybe you're thinking of a direct flight from JFK to SYD via LAX or SFO. That is just a little too far for any plane to fly nonstop (even LAX-SYD is pushing it!) .
VH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 781 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 683 times:
As stated in another reply, I think the Etops rule does not currently allow a B777 or other two engined aeroplane from operating such long sectors? Although the B777 does have the capability to fly eastbound ie. ex Syd to Lax, as Boeing actually flew a UAL B777IGW non-stop from Syd to Sea after it had completed 'hot & high' trials in Alice Springs a few years ago, whilst it was undergoing certification trials. I think the aircraft maybe limited westbound from Lax (full payload) in the northern summer with the strong westerly winds in the southern hemisphere. A new B777X would & will do it easily. By the way from next month United start flying the longest air route in the world, Lax-Mel (12,762km) with a B747-400. It will displace Ord-Hkg (12,549km) as the worlds current longest non-stop service.
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Fly US Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 673 times:
Are you by any chance the same DGS on the Hot Talk message board? I used to use this board all the time, then switched to Hot Talk, but came back here after I got fed up with the quality (lack of) of the posts on Hot Talk.
UAL747-600 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 538 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 666 times:
Boeing's website notes that the 777-200IGW has longer legs than the 747-400. So if there is not any ETOPS issues, wouldn't the IGW be able to do LAX-MEL year round if the 747 can with full pax/cargo???
What is the other forum you are mentioning DGS????