I was just wondering how boeing delivers it’s small body aircraft to airlines like Fiji airways and Qantas and other overseas airlines? Do they fly them all the way there or transport them some other way?
They build it in the airlines hanger I think and this should i my view be in #real-world-aviation
Yup I changed it sorry
No, as far as I know, pilots from each airline, are deployed specifically to go to the place the aircraft was manufactured, and fly it back to the airlines’ base airport.
Not sure about Boeing in detail but aircrafts are delivered from the manufacturer‘s factory on delivery flights which can include multiple stops on the way.
Sometimes like for a 737 to Fiji airways it would go to Hawaii then on to Nadi
A thing to remember: An empty aircraft‘s range is often higher than a fully loaded aircraft‘s range.
I have heard this is true when possible. They’ll have a lighter aircraft and extra fuel capacity. This will definitely boost the range quite a bit.
They usually fly them over. You can often see them on Flightradar24. They just stop over on the way whenever they need fuel.
If it’s a 737 to Fiji, they may do a longer but easier route, like Alaska to China/Korea, lots of stops in Asia, Asia to Australia, and then to Fiji. They do easy routes for the plane.
Another thing I heard Hawaiian did with their 717s: They moved some seats and put some extra gas tanks in the cabin for extended fuel.
Sorry for a late reply but I remembered I made this and I have another question: how would they deliver a ATR to ANZ or a Dash 8 to South African? I believe they ferry them, but am I wrong? That would take a while…
I mean it would take a while, but SA is fairly easy because you can stop on the way down. Getting small airplanes to islands is a while other matter. For example the C208s for Mokoulele (spelled something like that) in Hawaii they use extra fuel tanks in the cabin to fly a C208 all the way to Hawaii since there are no possible stops…
Wow that’s impressive! A C208 halfway across the pacific? 😳😵🥴
It is, for some small small planes, like personal planes, they can take off the wings and stuff and transport them there like they would a car, or other oversized goods, but airliners are simply too complex to be assembled anywhere but there production facilities. I think a lot of people would be surprised just how many places a small plane can get with just a few stops though…
The 737’s unfinished fuselages are taken by train from Kansas to seattle and that route goes right through my home city in Montana. Then they are finished in seattle and flown to hawaii and then to the airline’s hub from there.
Wow! That’s awesome! Thanks for that info
I think they are flown by airline pilots
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