Can A 757 fly for 14 hours?

I was wondering because I wanted to do a flight for the Saturday schedule and there was a 14 to 13 hour flight I wanted to do with the 757.

The longest I’ve personally flown for was 10 hours and 30 minutes with about 45 minutes to an hour’s worth of fuel left. I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but it’d be tricky, nonetheless. If you’d like to play it on the safe side, I’d plan for the flight to be no longer than 10 hours, and keep the load at about 80-90%, just a recommendation based on what I’ve observed. :)

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Empty cargo/pax, full fuel, step climbing, and tailwinds! I would imagine the 757 is capable of 14 hours given it’s fairly long range for its size.

Should I go to like 39,000 feet to have enough fuel for the flight?

It’s more than doable if you’re willing to shut down one of the engines at cruise and fly at a lower altitude than normal cruise altitude. It’ll extend the range by around 7 hours.

Like @nativetoalaska said:

That is probably your best bet, and especially the step climbing part. You must start out at a low altitude, then gradually go up, according to your weight. Check here for more information on that:


Ok thanks for your help everyone!

How long do I wait to keep moving up because I’m doing a over night flight and I could like set a timer to wake me up to move the plane higher

Shut one engine off and hit the rudder, The 757 is a space ship even with one engine so if your going for range rather than speed

For me I don’t think 757 can fly 14 Hour

I mean, it probably could do it, but good luck 😂

@AndrewWu Expert analysis


If you go one engine probably but untested otherwise no 12 hours max

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