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What if it is only a 747 and not a jumbo 747? Yawn. Crickets. Small arms fire. Curtain crashing. Small town paper heading.
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Well it costs a lot less to run it from West to East than it does to run it the other way around!

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Well it costs a lot less to run it from West to East than it does to run it the other way around!
Why don't they fly West to East all the time then?

You could get a real "round trip" ticket then. Fly anywhere and then fly the rest of the way around the world to get home. Yeah, squeeze that Charmin Shane.

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Why don't they fly West to East all the time then?

You could get a real "round trip" ticket then. Fly anywhere and then fly the rest of the way around the world to get home. Yeah, squeeze that Charmin Shane.

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I'm not familiar enough with the jet stream to know if it would pay off but I'm guessing not so much.


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It's usually more fuel-efficient flying from West to East, although there are times when you have to go out of your way to get the tailwind assist from the jet stream, and therefore you don't save quite as much.

Although I've never flown a B-747, based on my years as captain on an MD-11 (just a few hundred thousand pounds smaller, at 630,500# max takeoff gross weight, I can tell you that you're not using anywhere near 20% of your fuel, just for the takeoff. Maybe 5 or 10,000 pounds, but on a jet (MD-11) that can carry over 260,000 pounds of fuel, that's to be expected. As for fuel dumping, the most I ever had to get rid of was 55,000 pounds of fuel, while circling over Chicago, due to a precautionary engine shutdown, because of a leak in a bleed air duct. Of course the good people of Chicago never felt the effects of that fuel dump, because the stuff evaporates before it hits the ground.

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While fuel being dumped does evaporate, and therefor not falling to the surface, it does find its way directly into the Ozone. Can you say added Green House Gas.
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You forgot to add the jet to your signature/profile as in you owning it!
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It's usually more fuel-efficient flying from West to East, although there are times when you have to go out of your way to get the tailwind assist from the jet stream, and therefore you don't save quite as much.

Although I've never flown a B-747, based on my years as captain on an MD-11 (just a few hundred thousand pounds smaller, at 630,500# max takeoff gross weight, I can tell you that you're not using anywhere near 20% of your fuel, just for the takeoff. Maybe 5 or 10,000 pounds, but on a jet (MD-11) that can carry over 260,000 pounds of fuel, that's to be expected. As for fuel dumping, the most I ever had to get rid of was 55,000 pounds of fuel, while circling over Chicago, due to a precautionary engine shutdown, because of a leak in a bleed air duct. Of course the good people of Chicago never felt the effects of that fuel dump, because the stuff evaporates before it hits the ground.

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When I toured the Boeing factory back around '93 that was what they said at the time, I'm sure it's less than that now. The most staggering statistic I recall is that the 747 has approximately 6,000,000 parts, of which half are fasteners, and half of those fasteners are rivets. I can't imagine setting 1.5 million rivets. Sheesh.

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Getting back into the nitty-gritty of the thread, the price varies with form of payment. Will that be cash or charge?
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