|Quoting Timz (Reply 2):|
QANTAS did LAX-SFO with the SP too.
also did SYD
with the SP
as well. SP
stands for Special Performance. What was special about its performance was not just the superlative range (for the time), but the ability to take off and land at hot and high as well as short and rough airports. WLG
has an extremely short runway and the SP
to serve here when they flew an exclusively 747 fleet. WLG
at 2,232 km's is well below the craft's maximum range, but well utilised another aspect of its Special Performance.
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South African is probably the one airline that used it at optimum level. In the days of apartheid, they couldn't over-fly other African nations so to get to Europe was a lot longer. JNB
became nearly 12,000 km's around past Cape Verde rather than today's 9,046 km's. JNB
is also a hot and high airport.