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Aircraft Deliveries

Mon Jun 03, 2002 12:25 am

Hi All,
I always wondered how they delivered short range aircraft made in the US to carriers in europe or east asia. Are there airstrips with refueling services in greenland or in the Russian Far northeast? How about delivering "tinies" like cessnas? Do they put them on ocean vessels?
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RE: Aircraft Deliveries

Mon Jun 03, 2002 12:47 am

Generally, this is done by either "island hopping", the fitting of ferry tanks, or a combination of both.
As examples, Hawaiians 717s were fitted with ferry tanks in the main cabin for the flight from Longbeach to Honolulu; obviously island hopping wasn't possible California to Hawaii.
Boeing 737s being delivered from Boeing to Australia would route something like Seattle-Honolulu-Nandi-Sydney.
Trans-Atlantic would be something like Seattle-Halifax-Keflavik-Heathrow and obviously stops would be more frequent for aircraft with less range such as the Cessna you mentioned.  Smile
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RE: Aircraft Deliveries

Mon Jun 03, 2002 5:51 am

Most dash-8's heading to the south pacific go from Toronto-north accros the atlantic, through europe, the middle east, asia and into the south pacific. stopping at various places along the way...takes about a week or 2!
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Mon Jun 03, 2002 6:00 am

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RE: Aircraft Deliveries

Mon Jun 03, 2002 2:34 pm

Every year a group of TBM-700s fly from the US to Paris. The route they take I think is pretty common for small aircraft. Something like Gander-Narsarsuaq-Keflavik-uh, Scotland-Paris.
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RE: Aircraft Deliveries

Mon Jun 03, 2002 3:11 pm

My flight instructor used to ferry singles across the pond. He would stop in St. Johns and would make the long trip with huge ferry tanks. One time he was doing this, he had complete electrical failure over the ocean in a Cessna at night.
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