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SAA RTW Record Attempt  
User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 976 times:

You may have seen the ads on the back cover of Airways mag - SAA will be attempting to beat PanAm's 54hr07min12sec SFO-SFO via both poles record of October 1977.

The route for this attempt is JFK (dep Sat Nov 17) - Rio Gallegos, Argentina - Perth, Western Australia - Beijing - JFK in a planned flying time of 45hr 56min.

Was checking the Perth Airport website (my local) and saw it listed in their general northern hemisphere winter (Oct-Mar) schedule as:

Monday 19 Nov SA2217 B747-400 From RGL arr PER 0305 dep 0430 To PEK

Hmm, 0305 on a Monday morning??? Am I *that* keen .... history in the making and all that, and it is November - hmm, we'll see.

PGF



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 957 times:

You would have to be keen to see a plane at 3;05am whatever it was doing. It not as though 747s aren't arriving at Perth any less these days. SAAs and Qantas 747s
PGF you been registered exactly a year.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 950 times:

Exactly a year - good grief, shows how often I check my details!

You would have to be keen to see a plane at 3;05am whatever it was doing
Well, I am putting this up as part of the "Confessions of an airline nut" thread  Smile

SA's 747s are usually -200s and QF's only fly domestic, although there are more every week now.

And it is a world record attempt, I've done stranger things, well maybe not that much stranger.

PGF


User currently offlinePerthGloryfan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 944 times:

Hold the presses:

http://www.over-both-poles.com/

reports that the record attempt has been put back a year or so because of Sept 11th  Sad

PGF


User currently offlineVAMBRIDGE From South Africa, joined Apr 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 919 times:

Anybode know which 747-400 they plan to use? Probably the one with the best record for relyability, speed and best fuel burn. I hope someone from saa technical or maybe one of the pilots can help me!!!

Good luck SAA


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