Non-Stop Flight From Anchorage To Buffalo Covers 2,694 NM
JetBlue Airways recently reported a new world record for
distance flown by an Embraer E190, after logging a 2,694 nautical
mile non-stop flight from Anchorage, AK to Buffalo, NY.
The record-breaking flight was made last Thursday as the plane
was on the first leg of a repositioning trip back to the company's
home base at New York's JFK Airport, according to USA Today.
In a message to employees on the company's intranet, JetBlue
said, "Flight 4500 took off from Ted Stevens Anchorage
International Airport at 11:23 am (Alaska time) and landed some 6
hours and 11 minutes later, at 9:34 pm (ET), at Buffalo Niagara
International Airport. This ultra-long segment was the first leg of
the aircraft's return to JFK and its eventual return to scheduled
service in the coming days."
Contributing to the length of the flight was the absence of
passengers and luggage -- and a strong tailwind, JetBlue spokesman
Sebastian White said.
Normally used by JetBlue for short to medium-length routes,
JetBlue's longest regularly scheduled flight utilizing an E190 is a
1,476 mile route between Boston, MA and Austin, TX. JetBlue
generally uses the much larger Airbus A320 for cross-country and
Painted with the McCain-Palin logo, the plane had been chartered
by the McCain-Palin campaign since September 4, flying
vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on over 100 flights to 29
states. Normally outfitted with seating for 100 passengers, the
plane was reconfigured for campaign flights, including a divider
curtain separating a press area from the main cabin.
White said, "For the time being we'll use it as a spare/backup
aircraft. On November 12 it will go to our Embraer paint shop in
Nashville to be fully repainted with JetBlue livery. The jet
returns to revenue service mid-November once repainted."