Still, even the -200B couldn't do LAX
nonstop. It's a seriously long flight, 15 hours in an 747-400. I remember even with the HNL
stop, it felt like a stretch for Qantas' 747-200Bs on the HNL
sector, about ten and a half hours if memory serves.
By the way, the longest -200 flight I can think of is Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to LA
, 12 hours. I don't know how they did it without leaving most of the pax and freight behind. BA
used to fly a one-stop LHR
to Sydney with -200s as well, via Bangkok (you wouldn't be able to do it via SIN
, the LHR
sector is too long). Both the Cathay and BA
aircraft used on these services were the most advanced -200Bs with Rolls Royce engines.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz