Long Haul Flights

Sat Dec 16, 2000 7:52 pm

I recently read that Cathay Pacific has started trial non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Toronto. In order to make this non-stop flight possible, they have to restrict passenger numbers to around 200 (i.e. about 50 seats empty). What I don't understand is why the weight of 50 passengers is so important. Even if we assume each passenger is 300 pounds (incl luggage), that will only mean an extra 15 000 pounds -- surely insignificant compared to the weight of the plane itself (airbus gives the weight of an A340 as 608 200 pounds)

Secondly, what is the longest range plane currently in the market. Aribus and Boeing all claim that their planes have the longest range (A340, 777-200ER and 747-400 respectively). Does anyone know for sure which one is really capable of flying longest non-stop? If so, which submodel is it (i.e. 340-200 or 300, 777IGW or 777ER?)?


Posts: 2693
Joined: Sun Jul 16, 2000 3:44 am

RE: Long Haul Flights

Sun Dec 17, 2000 5:32 am

I've heard the A340 has the longest range (but I can't confirm that). As for the 777, the 777-200IGW is the same as the 777-200ER. It used to be "IGW" and they changed it to "ER".
Posts: 910
Joined: Sat Sep 16, 2000 12:16 pm

RE: Long Haul Flights

Sun Dec 17, 2000 12:19 pm

Boeing states that their 777-200ER can go 8,860 nautical miles. That's up to 18 hours of flying. check out the website for details...

RE: Long Haul Flights

Sun Dec 17, 2000 12:24 pm

I think the 744 is the longest haul flight and it will be until the lauch of the A3XX.

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos