There's been alot of debate in various threads about long range flights and which equipment to use. Basically I am just wondering what major passenger jet has the longest fully loaded (or otherwise) range ?
I was always under the impression that it was something out of the 747 lineup- first the cut down SP Quantas built for nonstop SYD-LAX, then the -400 once Boeing built it. All super long range flights I know of, like Frankfurt-LAX, ORD-Taipei, and Aukland-LAX are operated by -400's.
But now I am seeing people contending that the A340 could outrange the 747-400. Is this true? And what about the 777, which is the A340's most direct competitor? I don't know the answer, so I don't want to guess. I'm sure you all have your own strong opinions, so help me out!