CXA330-342 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 398 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
In 1990, my family took a trip from Sydney to Los Angeles on Continental Airlines. Being so young at the time, I didn't know what plane I was flying on, and neither did my parents. I was just wondering about this and thought maybe someone would know. So if anyone would please tell me what plane CO flew from SYD-LAX in 1990, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you very much for your time.
Anzett From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
Okay, CO flew DC-10's across the Pacific via HNL to LAX as those DC-10 do not have the range to fly SYD-LAX direct. At that time, only 747SP (aka Mini-Me) could only fly this route non-stop as it flew at high altitude and it was built for those purpose. With the introduction of Boeing 747-400 aircrafts, 747SP's are history and QF only uses them on medium-thin routes (ie SYD to MNL).
I hope the above explanation helps. If you need to know any further information, please let me know.
CXA330-342 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 978 times:
Thank you so much for all the information. I'm sorry this thank you came so late but I haven't been online for a few days. However, my mom says that we didn't have a stopover anywhere. Was there any direct flight they operated? In any case, thank you for all your help.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3499 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 951 times:
As I was working for CO at LAX from '88 to '94, I can say with absolute certainty that CO has never flown LAXSYD non-stop. They had no aircraft capable of flying that distance at the time. UA/NW/QF were the only carriers doing so then.