|Quoting CYLW (Reply 1):|
No rafts installed or required on the Caribbean flights. All of WS routes over the Atlantic are within 400nm of a suitable aerodrome.
|Quoting longhauler (Reply 2):|
There are two things required to fly through New York oceanic. (among other things). Life rafts, which would most certainly be required to fly SXM-YUL, and HF radios. Unless they had both, (and it sounds like they didn't), they would have to take the "long way" around.
|Quoting CYLW (Reply 3):|
I can guarantee WS does not have life rafts on WATRS flights. All WS routes in NY Oceanic are planned to avoid routes that require life rafts. L459 is as far east as you can plan without requiring rafts. All other routes meet the requirements assuming suitable aerodromes are available.
|Quoting longhauler (Reply 4):|
The route the OP described though, makes me thing the issue was not over-water equipment, but HF radios, as to enter New York Oceanic airspace, HF radios are required. Are all WS B737s HF radio/SELCAL equipped?
|Quoting YXD172 (Reply 6):|
|Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 7):|
IF you check WJ2884, the inbound from YUL, it only took 3.5 hours and went out over BDA and they more direct route. This points to probably having something stop working either inflight or maybe on the ground.
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