Spohr is stating the obvious. It's not like A321LR can fly 5,000nm.
Nope. Frankfort to New York is 3350 nautical miles. Not 5000 nautical miles. There is not flight from Germany to anywhere on the East Coast that comes close to 5000nm. https://www.airmilescalculator.com/distance/jfk-to-fra/
You're missing the point.
Aside from the fact that LH won't make business decisions just on the most optimistic routes (FRA-JFK), one would have to take into account longer routes as well, like MUC-IAD and MUC-ATL. And as pointed out earlier, nominal ranges are meaningless in payload/range debates. One need to look at ESAD range
. When we do so, the requirements balloon beyond 4,000 nm. As such, LH would need an aircraft with 5,000 nm design range to cover the entire U.S. east coast. Anyone who believes the A321LR can fly that kind of routes is looking at the wrong aircraft.
To me, Spohr states the obvious.
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