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Enrom
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LATAM Brazil // SAA // Sao Paulo

Wed May 16, 2018 2:33 pm

First post here, good afternoon.

I'm on Flightradar24 at the moment. Both LAM8163 and SAA222 are on their way to Sao Paulo from Johannesburg ORT. Dayflights, which are nice.
But why do they follow such radically different flight paths? SAA flies almost straight west on the same latitude while LAM flies northwest past St Helena/Ascension before turning southwest again "down" to Sao Paulo. And it's like this all the time, so it cannot be weather related. SAA avg flight time is 9:54. LAM avg flight time is 11:00. Are these route restrictions?
Thanks so much.
 
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Re: LATAM Brazil // SAA // Sao Paulo

Wed May 16, 2018 5:07 pm

Equipment flown. LA/JJ is flying 767 with a more restricted ETOPS rule than the SA A332/333 flown. So they have to take quite a detour to comply with their ETOPS rule.
 
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Re: LATAM Brazil // SAA // Sao Paulo

Wed May 16, 2018 5:12 pm

This was also covered a few days ago viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1394061&p=20402829
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Re: LATAM Brazil // SAA // Sao Paulo

Wed May 16, 2018 5:43 pm

prchan wrote:
Equipment flown. LA/JJ is flying 767 with a more restricted ETOPS rule than the SA A332/333 flown. So they have to take quite a detour to comply with their ETOPS rule.


Thank you very much for the explanation. Makes perfect sense.
I was surprised to see how many 767s TAM has. I suppose the passenger numbers on this route don't justify using a 777 or 350.
 
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Re: LATAM Brazil // SAA // Sao Paulo

Wed May 16, 2018 5:45 pm

mabadia71 wrote:
This was also covered a few days ago viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1394061&p=20402829


Thanks for the link! Very informative.

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