Re: Fracturing the Pacific

Date:         18 Aug 97 02:22:18 
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  or MIME structure (H Andrew Chuang) wrote:
> In article <5snqjp$cp4$>, <> wrote:
> >From the US east coast to Asia requires a three or four
> >engined plane because there are no suitable places for an ETOPS aircraft
> >to land in the Arctic.
> The B777-200IGW and the proposed -200X will have the range to do it.

To fly from the US east coast to Asia, having the range to fly the great
circle route will not suffice for twins because these routes are non ETOPS
legal--there are no satisfactory landing sites within 180 minutes of a very
large area over the Arctic. A B777 would have to take a route significantly
longer than the great circle route to remain within 180 minutes of a
satisfactory landing site.

M Carling
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