We need to look at the payload vs range chart with 90K rated engines. (not much difference anyways ref. the 98K chart)
DME-LAX is 5319 nm great circle, but in reality you're looking at 5700-5800 nm....if not more.
At that distance, a 773 can carry 75,000 lbs of payload. With 371 seats, and a heavy 4 class cabin, you can bet top dollar that there are weight restrictions on this flight, as 75000 lbs doesnt even cover all the passengers and baggage.
The return leg should have no problems, with the tailwind and all.
[Edited 2013-02-14 05:03:40]
us Air Traffic Controllers have a good record, we haven't left one up there yet !!
Pacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1044 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5379 times:
Pretty amazing - it's as believable as flying an A330-300 DME-LAX! While 75,000lbs would cover pax + luggage at 200lb standard weight (on the high, but realistic side), there's the crew, the seats and the catering to add, then factor the winter headwinds. As the OP speculated, perhaps just a stop-gap due to performance limitations.
Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1275 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
Why wouldn't they use the 777-200ER like they have in the past? Have they already done advance bookings or committed the fleet elsewhere or something? I know they've subbed in a 777-300 once in a while before but it does seem on the long side for it.
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 16825 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
Quoting captainstefan (Reply 9): Quoting san747 (Reply 8):Always amazing to see it when it comes in.
If there's any time an airplane is figuratively gasping for breath, I assume it's that A330 on final to LAX.
cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7814 posts, RR: 54 Reply 15, posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
If it's such a stretch (pardon the pun) for the 777-300 non-ER, perhaps they do actually tech stop it somewhere? Would only add an hour to the journey and they could go with full cabins and lots of cargo. Then again some posters say they've done LAX with the 773 before so obviously it can do it somehow without bankrupting UN.
As an aside, man are there a lot of Russians in LA.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz