I have been on the 747-400ER between LA
and Australia; the Melbourne run from LA
was the one most needing the ER
on the westbound leg. Once, on the regular 744, we came in 15:30 after wheels-up. That must have been close to the range limit on the standard model. Usually if it looks like it will be that long you make a pit stop for gas along the way.
The interior of the 744ER is fantastic -- like the 777. It seems to climb out to altitude more quickly than the regular one. I was on a very full ER
- California">LAX to SYD
recently and I believe the stair climb to cruise altitude was much faster than the standard model. I think the 744 is great for long hauls, and the new model is an improvement on a good original design.
I would think that if BA
were still ordering 744s they would get some ERs, but since the future of the line is in question there probably won't be too many more orders in the passenger configuration.