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744 HKG-JFK (Just an odd question)

Old 1st Sep 2008, 05:04
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744 HKG-JFK (Just an odd question)

No real point to this post, just curious about something...

A friend that flies for UAL was telling me the other day that CX used to fly the 744 HKG-JFK nonstop back in the 90's. Is that true? Data I've looked at says the 744 can fly 7,260nm and it is something like 7,080nm on this leg. What did you do if there were headwinds of any significance? Was there a standard refueling stop?
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It was only done once in a 744...JFK-HKG as a route proving/opening flight...that flight also happened to be the first commercial flight into CLK when it opened in 98.
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Sidetrack question... is the B744 service HKG-YVR-JFK going away the end of September? Its published to switch to the B777 on Oct 1st but heard rumours to the contrary.
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nope not true, still scheduled to switch to a 777
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Wasn't "Polar One" an Airbus A340?
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Old 3rd Sep 2008, 06:37
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Nope 744, MFL in command if memory serves.
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correct. MFL, bet that was fun!
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MFL was not PIC but he was on the flight
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From the FAI record books ...


current record Class C (Aeroplanes)
Sub-class C-1 (Landplanes)
Group 3 : turbo-jet
Speed over a recognised course : 830.96 km/h
Date of flight: 05/07/1998
Pilot: PGH (UK)
Course/place: New York, NY (USA) - Hong Kong (China)
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registered 'G-BHUJ' ???
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