Re: Slower aircrafts ?

Date:         28 Jun 98 18:47:34 
From:         lstone@wwa.com (Larry Stone)
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In article <airliners.1998.982@ohare.Chicago.COM>, "Frank Muenker"
<frank@identity.de> wrote:

>I was recently on a Delta B767-ER (-200 I think) flight from Frankfurt to
>Cincinatti and the flight time was almost 10 hours. I could see on the
>monitors that the average cruise speed was only about 480 mph which is
>fairly slow compared to the 550 - 570 it could go. Also on 2 other
>inner-European flights ( about 4.5 hrs) with a B737 and a B757 cruise speed
>was way below 500 mph. I can recall that about 5 years ago cruise speed was
>always 520-570, at least on flights longer than 1 hr.

You're trying to compare ground speed to air speed. The FRA to CVG flight
you cite was westbound where you normally have a headwind. A 480mph
westbound groundspeed is not all that slow.

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