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Old Nov 15, 05, 12:05 am
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777Brian
 
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Originally Posted by fcn2121
Sorry Murphy. You are incorrect on this one. The A333 has a range of 5650 Nautical miles with a typical load of 295 pax. and cargo (http://www.airbus.com/en/aircraftfam...formance.html). US Airways' A330 config. has even less pax. capabilities due to the enhanced Envoy product (266 total pax.). Furthermore, there is no place in the continental US that is further than 5650 nm (approx. 6400 miles) from any European airport which is served by US Airways. PHX - NRT is only about 5600 miles and so very easily within nonstop reach.

Not sure I would say that PHX-NRT is easily reachable... 5650 range vs 5600 distance even with less weight on board because of less pax. Not many places to refill along the way. Strong winds could cause problems especially during the winter. You also need slots at NRT which are hard to come by. UAL has more than enough flights to NRT from SFO, LAX, SEA, HNL, ORD, and JFK for good code share options with US. Wouldn't make sense for US to make an investment for 1 flight to NRT when its STAR partners offer so much connectivity.
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