QQ indeed flew their MD
-80 on long flights. While the RNO
(1,999 nm)route was flown exclusively with the MD
-90, Reno Air flew the MD
-80 from RNO
(1,906 nm), RNO
(1,984 nm) and LAS
was primarily flown with MD
-87s, specifically N753RA and N754RA since they were equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks.
While working a flight from STL
(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
(2,722 nm), eastbound only.
I tried several city pairs in SABRE and checked their mileage. Of the ones I checked, LAX
came in the longest at 1,792 nm. Second place was STL
at 1,732 nm. I also checked DFW
(1,663 nm), STL
(1,706 nm) and DFW
(1,378 nm). I also verified these routes were operated by the MD
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