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MD87 TransAtlantic

Wed Nov 26, 2003 10:58 pm

was reading an article on Gender and it says that Transwede once operated an MD87 on the Stockholm-Miami route! Well, I personally think its a bit small to go all the way to USA on! Although saying that, CO regularly use 752 (although a bit bigger than M87). Anyone else know of planes which you would consider unsuitable for their given route? If so why?
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RE: MD87 TransAtlantic

Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:06 pm

A tech-stop may have been made in Greenland or Bangor,otherwise the plane was fitted with extra tanks and then the flights weren't fully loaded.
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RE: MD87 TransAtlantic

Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:12 pm

That Transwede flight was actually from ARN-FLL and did make a re-fuel stop in GAnder and sometimes in Bangor too depending on wind.
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RE: MD87 TransAtlantic

Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:17 pm

Those crazy Swedes. Conair (actually they might be Danish or Norwegian) used to fly charters in the 60s and 70s to the US (Florida, and for some reason Nebraska somewhere) with Caravelles, also to Colombo and Bangkok.

More recently, a few Scandinavian A320s have turned up in Florida.
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RE: MD87 TransAtlantic

Thu Nov 27, 2003 1:26 am

Have some unconfirmed information that Transwede was the only airline with some MD-83 aircraft certified for the ETOPS-90 minute rule (the longest time a twin jet can be over water and away from any given alternate airport).

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RE: MD87 TransAtlantic

Thu Nov 27, 2003 2:37 am

The flights were actually operated with MD83's .. not -87's. I doubt if ETOPS rules apply on the routing they had. With a stop on Iceland you shouldn't need it. Icelandair flew their 734 to Halifax without ETOPS certification.

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