From: email@example.com (George Hull) Organization: DirecTell L.C. - Park City, UT. - 1.801.647.0214 Date: 20 Apr 95 01:51:41 References: 1
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In article <airliners.1995.421@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (David Lesher) wrote: > ISTM that the first revenue MD-11's were being used in ?SFO to > Tokyo? service, but could not perform as sold. As a result, they had to > make a fuel stop enroute. McD was paying the carrier for every such > stop. > > Did they ever resolve this problem? What's the current status of -11's? My understanding is that _all_ of the very long range airliners are having some problem performing up to expectations. My airline flies the MD-11 and has had a continuing process of performance upgrades and operational tweaks applied to try to actually get the job done. There have been a lot of enroute fuel stops, some planned, and some required after departure due to adverse winds. Apparently the long-range 747s are also restricted somewhat. I gather that none of the long-legged airplanes are able to fly to max range with a full load. It's a real stretch to fly from LAX to HGK carrying a full load of people into a seasonal headwind. In any case, the problems haven't been fully resolved yet. Geo.