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UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:27 am

Did the four airlines mentioned in the topic use Iceland as a stopping point to ferry their 727s across the Atlantic for domestic service in Europe? Or did they equip the with extra tankage? If extra tankage, how was this possible? The range needed to fly transatlantically was almost twice as much as the 1700 mile range of the 727 (Boston to London alone is just above 3,000 miles)
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RE: UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:13 am

I have always wondered also how short range airplane were delivered to overseas customers, like the 737-100 for Lufthansa for example.
 
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RE: UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Wed Sep 22, 2004 2:51 pm

Ferry flights without passengers, bags, and cargo have a much greater range. Additionally they can make several stops, such as Gandar, Iceland, Manchester. Island hopping sort of deal.

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RE: UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:50 pm

I'm aware of a US operator ferrying B727s to Europe nonstop from Bangor Maine to Shannon Ireland which is is nearly 2400nm.

An empty aircraft can fly quite a bit further than the published sales number as they are based on full passenger loads.


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RE: UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:28 pm

Back in the days of Piedmont, we flew a 727 from CLT-SFO-CLT - nonstop. The plane was practically loaded to the gills with pax.


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RE: UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:00 am

The only place where you run into real trouble is Hawaii, since it's so far from anything. There is simply no place for refueling stops. But there are ferry tanks for that sort of thing if the aircraft really needs extra legs.


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