jz From United States of America, joined May 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4699 times:
Not all long range aircrafts are big plane. Several business jets have ranges over 6000 nm. However, they are not for average consumers.
The long range aircrafts for airline use are all designed as big aircrafts based mostly on economic reasons, as you can imagine. The airlines will meet with Boeing or Airbus and ask the question: based on my capital budget, the appreciation cost, the fuel cost, labor cost, etc, how much passengers and cargo I need to fly from point A to point B to be profitable. Now also factor in world economic outlook, consumer demand, current technology, etc, what should be the size of the aircraft?
It's technically possible to fill the cabin and the cargo hold of a 737 with fuel tanks and make it a long range aircraft. But what's it for other than ferry it from point A to Point B?
Virgin Atlantic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4699 times:
I think that topic should have read Short and long range planes. But BA has flown 747-400 many times to Paris from London. But they need a Islander to fly London to the falkalnds as only 1000 tourist go there a year! ANd they only fly down there twice a week.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29788 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4699 times:
Alaska Airlines put extra tanks in the bellies of a couple of it's MD-80's and where flying them nonstop from Anchorage to Vladivostok russia. They cut that out because of the economy over there. Reeve Aleutian Airways now flys that route as a one stop with 727's but sometimes the Electra subs in nonstop.
Also the 757 is aproved for 180 min ETOPS and the A-319 and A-321 have 120 min aproval. I don't know about the A-320, didn't say in the Janes all the worlds aircraft but I would imagine that it is the same.
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Will From Australia, joined May 1999, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4699 times:
Nothing is impossible with today's technology, and yes it could be done. But it wouldn't be too practical unfortunatly to make 9000 NM, it would have to have a much larger wing and more powerful engines to do the job, and in the end it would lose out economically.
Hope this is some help..