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Aircraft Range

Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:58 am

Please don't treat this as a stupid question: how far can aircraft fly? There were many 727's that went across the Atlantic - how did they do it? What about the DC-9, or the 737? Also, these planes are in Asia Pacific -- how did they get there?

Now, with the 757/ 767/777 or the airbus 330/340/ etc. there is no issue, but again, the airbus begs the question -- how did the 319's and 320's get to the US?
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RE: Aircraft Range

Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:15 am

A plane can fly a lot further if it is empty, and for delivery flights this is generally the case. Perhaps a few crew and full tanks of fuel?

For some smaller aircraft, for example 717's getting to varius places, temporary fuel tanks can be fitted inside the fuselage where seats usually sit. This can increase the ferry range.
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RE: Aircraft Range

Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:22 am

If you island hop Scotland->Iceland->Newfoundland it's pretty easy to get across the Atlantic with pretty much any airliner. These will have no payload, but be filled to the brim with fuel. On most smaller airliners you can fill with max pax/luggage or fuel, but not max of both since that would put you above MTOW. So max ferry range "empty" is normally far greater than max range with payload.

As for Asia/Pac, you fly over the Atlantic the other way and hop on down via the Middle East and India. For the Tsunami relief effort, SK flew MD-82s to Thailand with only 2 intermediate stops from CPH/ARN.

The only real problem comes when you have to fly to Hawaii, and for that there are ferry tanks:

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RE: Aircraft Range

Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:30 am

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 2):

Absolutely. As a matter of fact, if you check www.a340.net there is an excellent series of video clips of an A320 delivery flight from Toulouse to Tampa via Goose Bay.
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