From: email@example.com (Philip M. Chuang) Organization: Advanced Network & Services, Inc. - Elmsford, NY Date: 16 May 94 01:53:32 References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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Terry Drinkard writes: > We've been kicking this around a bit, and I thought I'd ask the group's >opinion. > > Assume for a moment that a commercial airframer could build a transport >that is capable of flying halfway around the world in scheduled service. >Does this have any real value? Or are we happy at roughly 7000nm range? > > I'd ask a live customer's opinion if I knew one. :-) > >Terry My guess is that China AL, EVA, Cathay, and China Eastern/Southern would probably like a little more range to allow their planes to fly non-stop from their respective home bases to ORD/NYC/IAD/ATL/DFW. I can also see that BA might like to have the slightly additional range to allow them to fly LHR -> Perth non-stop, so they can claim to have nonstop UK-Australia service. Maybe Singapore, Malaysia, and Thai also would like to be able to serve the US West Coast nonestop, in both directions, year-round. Speaking of Malaysia, early next year they will start flying A330's nonstop from Kula Lumpur to Johannesburg, but because of a combination of winds and the hot-and-high Jan Smuts Airport at Johannesburg, the return trip will stop at Mauritius. Although I doubt traffic on this route will ever require a 747, Malaysia might want to operate a twin equipped with more powerful engines that will allow them to fly JNB->KUL non-stop someday. BTW, Terry, I have noticed that while Northwest's trans Pacific cargo flight still stop via Anchorage, their passenger flights have not done so for many years. What could be the possible reasons?