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Qantas reassessing DFW-Australia route after B747 diverts for fuelQantas, who started the Dallas-Australia route 2 weeks ago the route after its B747 ran low on fuel trying to make the non-stop leg to Brisbane yesterday and had to divert to Noumea to refuel. (www.theage.com.au) More...
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We all knew this was going to be a strech anyway and any extra headwinds would cause a fuel stop. It's just like continental using there 757's going trans atlantic. When it's real windy they usally have to stop. Same thing going on here. The artical states it has been stronger than normal headwinds.
Maybe they need to get a 747-8. That has a little more range to it and is more efficient.
Will the A380 be able to make that non-stop?
@VANHO Technically the A380 would be able to perfome the route better than the 744ER, given that the A380 has max range of 8000 NM and the 744ER has a max range of 7670 NM, that's all most a difference of 380 miles.
Or an actual difference of 330 miles, given the data you provided
No a diference of 330 NM and 380 actual miles, very diferent messure units.