From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Coe) Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: 09 Jul 96 13:09:48 References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) writes: >Few months ago, Airbus threatened to sue Boeing for falsely claiming the >A340 could only cruise at around 0.78 Mach. A few days ago, I browsed >through the schedules of three airlines (Lufthansa [LH], Cathay Pacific >[CX] and Singapore [SQ]). I'm not really trying to make a point here. >It's just some trivial information. Here's the comparison: <snip> I thought the 747 was historically the fastest of the current airliners anyway. More recent design practice has decided that it's cruising speed is a little to high, so one would expect the A340 to be slower. As a data point, looking at the BA timetable for JFK-LHR, the times vary vary from 6:40 (747-Classic) to 7:10 (767), and a direct comparison of the same flight number which switches between 767 and DC-10 mid season shows (for JFK-LGW), 7:00 DC-10 and 7:15 for the 767. So within the Boeing family, planes have got slower with the newer designs. On a personal note, I can remember flying LHR-LAX in the 70's in a DC-10, and watching in the next flight level a Lufthansa 747 ever so slowly overtaking us.