jayunited wrote:ILikeTrains wrote:How much cargo was Delta carrying on LAX-SYD or JNB-ATL?
I'm not sure about JNB-ATL but UA on LAX-SYD on a 789 can carry a full load of passengers which equates to around 300 bags and around 20,000-25,000 pounds of cargo, the same is true on return leg . The only time the 789 has problems coming out of SYD in during the summer when temperatures exceed 100 degrees F or 38 degrees C. Under those conditions UA on a 789 would have to jettison all the cargo out of SYD.
I've always thought the A359 was much more capable than the 789, so I've never understood why DL did not place the A359 on this route. Now in a memo posted they are saying the problem has been fixed, but what problem is DL referring to? Prior to COVID-19 SQ used a standard A359 on SIN-SFO-SIN, side note UA 789s SIN-SFO could carry a full passenger load and around 15,000 pounds of cargo. I wish someone could explain what the problem was DL faced with their A359s and how it was fixed.
It was said earlier on this forum that part of the problem was the diversion, the diversion was BNE which would have made life difficult for the A350, but now that CBR is possible the issue is resolved. Otherwise it could be that DL's birds are (were?) 268T. If DL went for the 275T version (or obviously the 280T) then there's no issue, the A359 should carry more payload both ways SYD-LAX.
Why weren't A359s used to SYD before? If you have them you have to fly the 77Ls somewhere, so might as well be on a route where you can use its enormous payload potential.