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Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:29 am

AA flew MD-80s on its BNA/LAX route (nonstop!) That was a long flight on a MD-80, in my opinion! I wonder the longest scheduled MD-80 flight ever??? Let me throw this question: Can Delta MD-88s fly nonstop that far - like from San Francisco to Atlanta???
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:37 am

The MD-80's nonstop range is from 1,500 to 2,700 statute miles. The max range on an MD-83 is 2,504 nautical miles, but the MD82/88 can only fly 2,052 nautical miles.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:39 am

In the early 90s AA flew an MD80 nonstop IAD-LAX.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:59 am

Alaska's routes from Anchorage to the Russian Far East in the 1990's were probably among the longest. I don't remember what they were but I know they served Petropavlovsk, Russia (PKC) at least. North American flew JFK-LAX I believe with MD83s. Both airlines had to have extra fuel tanks? I know AS had certain planes that served the route such as N969AS which also had Russian sinage along with English and Spanish. Alaska also flew LAX-YYZ for a bit with MD80s. I feel like Reno Air flew some long flights.

Today, domestically, maybe AA's ORD-PDX at 1739 miles and blocked at 4h15m while STL-SFO is 1736 miles and blocked at 4h30.

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:19 am

Well Spirit flies the MD-80 series nonstop LAX to ORD
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:27 am

Some longer MD80 flights that I remember are:

LAX-IAD on AA ; the red eye flight. (not sure if IAD-LAX westbound was operated nonstop with the MD80)

POS-Sao Paolo was operated for a short time by BWIA with an MD80.

I believe some BWIA flights from JFK to Antigua and/or Barbados saw MD80 service.

 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:37 am

JetsGo uses them nonstop (?) between Toronto and Vancouver.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:39 am

I flew on one of TWA's Md-83's between STL and SAN. the flight if I remember almost lasted for 4 hours! I'm sure it wasn'tthe longest flight for an MD-80, but it should be up there.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:45 am

Longest DL route I know of on the 88 is/was ATL-PHX. Currently I believe it's DFW-JFK, not sure if they dropped that route though. The 738 is better suited for narrowbody transcontinental service.

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 6:46 am

The last time I flew AA LAX-IAD, it was done with a 767-200. American has three 767 IAD-LAX non-stops a day. I've also flown AA 757-200 jets IAD-LAX. I have no recollection of that route ever being done non-stop by an MD-80.

 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:14 am

The US Marshall's flies MD-82s non-stop from AEX-BOG at 1901nm (2187 statute miles) quite regularly. It usually requires all fuel tanks to be full (38,000lbs), but they do it!
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:20 am

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:34 am

Re, north american had to fly its MD's at only 70% full capacity JFK-LAX. Therefore they replaced them with 757s

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:44 am

"...IAD-LAX. I have no recollection of that route ever being done non-stop by an MD-80."

Check the AA timetables from around 1992.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:47 am

TWA flew MD-83's JFK-PHX nonstop. That's a pretty lengthy flight i'd say.


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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 7:53 am

The AA IAD-LAX-IAD flights were done in the late 80s early 90s. I believe that it was the only flight between the 2 cities that was not a widebody flight. I flew both legs on MD80s in 1988 or 1989. LAX-IAD was a redeye, and IAD-LAX departed late around 7pm or 8pm to get to LAX in time to turn around and do the redeye.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 8:33 am

Didn't TW operate BOS-SJU and JFK-SJU for a while with the MD-80something series just before the AA merger? Big grin Yikes!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 11:18 am

I did BWIA's BGI to JFKand POS to JFK on the MD-80. About 4.5 hours on average. Long flight on a plane with no IFE, but you can entertain yourself with books and a CD Player, no big issue. I have a friend who did BGI to YYZ on BWIA MD-80 as well.

In fact though BW operates the 737NG now, I prefered flying the old MD-80's as they were more comfortable.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 11:43 am

I feel like Reno Air flew some long flights.

Reno Air had a couple of MD-90s, the range of which is as much as 2785nm. That could explain those Reno Air flights.

The MD-83 has a maximum range of 2504nm. Its cruise speed is approx. 440kts (504mph), giving it a maximum time-aloft of around 5hrs 40mins, though for safety reasons I doubt anyone would schedule a flight that long on an MD-80.

The "great-circle-route" distance between IAD and LAX is approx 2300 statute miles, or around 2000nm.

Even BOS to LAX is approx 2600sm (again, great-circle-route), or approx 2260nm. So an MD-80 could, theoretically, fly from BOS to LAX, though I'd never schedule it!
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 11:53 am

Does anybody know how long DL's TUS-ATL flights are? They seem to be pretty long and are currently operated with an MD-80. Also wouldn't that be longer than JFK-DFW?
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:18 pm

I remember DL did MD-80's CVG-PHX few years back, that had to be long.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:24 pm

It actually looks like DL is still flying the MD-80 to both ATL and CVG from PHX.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:26 pm

I know it's not the longest, but I was on a TW flight from STL-SEA. It has to be up there though.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:45 pm

DTW-LAX - NK
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:52 pm

I've done the PHX-CVG on a DL MD88 or MD90... I don't remember which...

I've also done IAH-BOS on a CO MD80... which seemed really long....

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 12:57 pm

My longest flight on an MD-80 was an American flight from JFK to Seattle in '96 (long before MRTC  Sad ).

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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:20 pm

Reno Air's long flights included RNO-ATL... brutal in an MD80 or MD90, IMHO.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 3:59 pm

In SAS we initially used the MD-83 on non-stop flights to Tel Aviv and Jeddah from CPH.
I flew the Copenhagen-Jeddah-Riyadh route only once.Flight time from CPH to Jeddah was 6:30 hours block according to my log book.After a short nightstop in Riyadh,we returned the same way.I thought that flight would never end but it was in fact 6:10 hours from Jeddah to CPH due to some tailwind.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 5:31 pm

I flew TransJet back in 2002 from MAN TO SSH on an MD-80.Took 5 hrs 45 outbound and 6hrs 30 inbound due to a headwind.We almost had to set down in Alicante for fuel but just made it non-stop. Was no different to flying on a 737/757 aside from there being one less seat per row. Sat at front of cabin so was exceptionally quiet. No IFE and food was a bit ropey but flight was smooth and crew were very attentive. Cabin looked tired but so were we, so we slept.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 9:19 pm

Luv767s,

I've flown the LAX-IAD redeye. It's now a 767-200. Sunday night, the plane is packed to the gills. What a change from late 80s and early 90s.

 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 10:53 pm

AA currently flies MD80s between DFW and SEA, as well as DFW and YVR. I've flown the DFW-SEA routing (as well as STL-SEA) many times. Probably not the longest, but pushing it right at 4 hrs. DFW-YVR is slightly longer at about 4 hrs, 17 minutes.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Fri May 21, 2004 11:19 pm

Aerolineas Argentinas MD83/MD88 fly:

a) EZE-LIM-EZE
1951 miles - 4:35 hs EZELIM - 4:10 hs LIMEZE

b) EZE-VVI-CCS-VVI-EZE
VVI-CCS is 1969 miles - 4:35 VVICCS - 4:30 hs CCSVVI

MD80 fleet is configured J8 - Y140, but in these routes it flies with seats restrictions:

EZE-LIM-EZE : J8 - Y136
EZE-VVI: J8 - Y136
VVI-CCS: J8 - Y113
CCS-VVI: J8 - Y123
VVI-EZE: J8 - Y136



 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 12:56 am

QQ indeed flew their MD-80 on long flights. While the RNO-ATL (1,999 nm)route was flown exclusively with the MD-90, Reno Air flew the MD-80 from RNO-DTW (1,906 nm), RNO-ANC (1,984 nm) and LAS-BUF (1,982). RNO-DTW was primarily flown with MD-87s, specifically N753RA and N754RA since they were equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks.

While working a flight from STL to SEA (1,706 nm), I was talking with the pilots about the maximum distance an MD-80 could go, and although I didn't get a specific number, they said AA used to fly the MD-80 from SEA to MIA (2,722 nm), eastbound only.

I tried several city pairs in SABRE and checked their mileage. Of the ones I checked, LAX-BNA came in the longest at 1,792 nm. Second place was STL-SFO at 1,732 nm. I also checked DFW-SEA (1,663 nm), STL-SEA (1,706 nm) and DFW-JFK (1,378 nm). I also verified these routes were operated by the MD-80.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 2:13 am

The longest TWA route on MD-83 is JFK-SXM and JFK-ANU 4 hour 45 minutes.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 2:41 am

I just returned yesterday from YVR and I went via DFW. This time it was a 757 but back in March I flew a MD80. It was a hell of a long way for an MD80, about 4 hours +
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 2:42 am

Jetsgo does YUL-YVR with Md-83s...that's quite a fair distance.
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 2:53 am

Worldperks,

I remember being so pissed that the LAX-IAD redeye was not a 767. That flight was packed too, and my dad and I were stuck in the back of the plane in the smoking section next to the engines with no window.  Sad It was a horrendous 4.5-5 hours. But the IAD-LAX flight was open and I remember it was Sept '89 b/c we flew away from Hurrican Hugo. That flight was also the first time I experienced a thrust reverser pushback.
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Sat May 22, 2004 7:23 am

I loved the BWIA MD-83 flights on the JFK-BGI and JFK-POS routes. I think it's about 4 hours to BGI and 5 hours to POS.

What about Austrian Air? Didn't they use to have an early morning DC-9 or MD-8X flight into JFK from Vienna (or was it another city)? I distinctly remember seeing them come into JFK around 6:00 in the morning, then leave about an hour later. That was a long time ago.  Smile

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RE: Austrian To JFK?

Mon May 24, 2004 5:56 am

Austrian flew MD80s to JFK? When? Can anybody find a timetable showing that?
 
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RE: Longest MD-80 Flight Time

Mon May 24, 2004 8:49 pm

Austrian had 707, 310, 332, 34S on JFK flights

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