Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
Please don't treat this as a stupid question: how far can aircraft fly? There were many 727's that went across the Atlantic - how did they do it? What about the DC-9, or the 737? Also, these planes are in Asia Pacific -- how did they get there?
Now, with the 757/ 767/777 or the airbus 330/340/ etc. there is no issue, but again, the airbus begs the question -- how did the 319's and 320's get to the US?
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17015 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
If you island hop Scotland->Iceland->Newfoundland it's pretty easy to get across the Atlantic with pretty much any airliner. These will have no payload, but be filled to the brim with fuel. On most smaller airliners you can fill with max pax/luggage or fuel, but not max of both since that would put you above MTOW. So max ferry range "empty" is normally far greater than max range with payload.
As for Asia/Pac, you fly over the Atlantic the other way and hop on down via the Middle East and India. For the Tsunami relief effort, SK flew MD-82s to Thailand with only 2 intermediate stops from CPH/ARN.
The only real problem comes when you have to fly to Hawaii, and for that there are ferry tanks: