The issue of transatlantic 737 operations appears again...
Newly-launched UK charter carrier Astraeus is studying the possibility of operating Boeing 737-700s on transatlantic services to New York on behalf of a tour operator.
While the airline will only admit that such a plan is “something being discussed” and that “nothing is finalised” a source familiar with the situation says that the service would probably involve operating twice-weekly between a European city and New York Kennedy, via a technical stop in Glasgow, Scotland.
Astraeus, which started flights from London Gatwick on 6 April, operates Boeing 737-300s at present but is scheduled to acquire two 737-700s next month.
Boeing data shows that the 737-700’s maximum range of 3,260nm (6,030km) would be adequate to cover a transatlantic route. The source adds that, by selecting a route which runs suitably close to northern land masses, Astraeus could avoid the need to secure extended twin-engined operations (ETOPS) approval.
Source: Air Transport Intelligence news