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TOM 757 SAN - STN

Old 15th Feb 2015, 20:20
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TOM 757 SAN - STN

Quick question,

I was surprised to see a 757 operating on the above route tonight and the question being, is this a normal flight ops for Thomson.

I can't say I would best pleased to turn up at the gate to see 757 taking me back to good old Blighty, Spain yes but, Florida, umm

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Old 15th Feb 2015, 20:32
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Final leg of a round of the world trip.
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G-OOBF

Don't think it's an actual Thomson flight, it was G-OOBF which has been doing charter flight tours for a while now, and i don't think Thomson does long haul to STN either, so makes me think even more not a normal Thomson scheduled flight.
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 20:42
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Long-haul flights

A long-haul flight is typically made by a wide-body aircraft, such as Boeing_767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A380 or Boeing 747. The flight length typically requires over six and a half hours to cover and is often a non-stop flight. Only a few narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 757, have true long-haul capability. These aircraft are commonly used on secondary transatlantic routes.

I guess it's capable of getting there, whether it's usual or not I don't know.
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 20:50
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Just checked STN arrivals and no mention of an arrival from Sanford.

Apreciate the quick response
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 22:00
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TOM 757 SAN - STN

Probably LTN?
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Old 15th Feb 2015, 22:07
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TOM 757 SAN - STN

It's been transporting the rich for two "24 day round the world by private jet" holidays for National Geographic with prices about $75k pp. Positioning flight BHX to SFB was on about 27/28 Dec and configuration is "just 76 VIP seats" These holidays depart during winter months from SFB and once the snow threat on the eastern seaboard is over the departure point moves up to IAD/DCA. And incidentally, you won't see many 757s coming off the ocean at FL420 !!

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Old 15th Feb 2015, 22:15
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Arrived at STN an hour ago. Flight number doesn't look like a revenue service, probably positioning.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 00:15
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TOM 757 SAN - STN

Really !!! I thought STN was meant to be one of the most expensive
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 00:27
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I've a shots of one of last year's charters in Auckland which I'll upload in the morning.
G-OOBD if I remember. Caused great excitement for the Auckland spotters who turned out in force. Just goes to prove that one man's commonplace is another man's rarity.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 07:20
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San Diego or Orlando Sanford?

When I looked at the title of this thread I was curious as to why TOM would be operating from San Diego to Stansted, and how exactly they were going to do that with a 757?

Reading through the postings am I to understand that the flight in question was operating SFB (Sanford) to STN (Stansted)?

I appreciate this is the "Spectator's Balcony" forum, but if IATA / ICAO codes are to be used let's please make sure they are the correct ones!
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 09:23
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Thomson B757 at Auckland, March 2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/philbk...9wn6rD-8ZDp1W/
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 11:43
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I can't say I would best pleased to turn up at the gate to see 757 taking me back to good old Blighty, Spain yes but, Florida, umm
Have to disagree with you there. I have done a few trans-Atlantics on 757s. I find them much more "personal" than a wide-body ie fewer pax generally makes for a quieter flight.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 14:13
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Caused great excitement for the Auckland spotters who turned out in force.
That was also the case back in 2009 when I was at AKL and observed the Bruce Dickinson/Astreaus "combi" 757 parked up for a few days.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 15:32
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This is a First Choice 757 we came across whilst holidaying in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in 2009. When we got to Sydney, there was a Monarch machine there too, also on a RTW charter.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 17:03
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Certainly a different outing for this bird compared to when she took me to Bulgaria about 10 years ago!

Transatlantic on a 757 is perfectly normal. UA/AA/DL still do so on a daily basis from plenty of European cities. Why would you not be best pleased? The 757 is an excellent aircraft to go across the pond in. Like someone else said, it's got a very personal feel.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 18:26
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I know it struggles London - SAN in 'normal' configuration and does a stop in Bangor or similar, but it can come back across in one go just about if the conditions are right.. Or at least that's the pattern I've observed.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 18:56
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Lady...757 Struggles

SAN - LHR = 5500 miles whereas the range of a 757 at best is 4200 miles if it's been upgraded with winglets. So, yes it would struggle with the last 1500 miles or so in a glide.

If however you'd paid attention to the previous poster (ATNotts) and used the correct IATA code for the Sandford airport - SFB - your post might have a smidgeon of credibility.....

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Old 16th Feb 2015, 19:00
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To maintain credibility you might wish to edit SFD to SFB

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