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I think the A318s used by BA have some aux tanks installed (which would be easily doable since they're carrying luggage for less people). Like Boeing with the BBJ, Airbus has aux tanks for the ACJ, and both manufacturers offer the extra tanks for their commercial models as well.
They also stop in Shannon, Ireland when westbound for fuel (though my understanding is that this is due to the short runway length at London City airport rather than a westbound-range problem. I haven't yet heard of one diverting due to Atlantic winds.
To quote the Airbus website:
It also says they're available with up to 180-minute ETOPS, way more than adequate for an Atlantic crossing, even on the most southerly of the NATs.
180 thats three hours, . .three 4s are 12 thats 1200 NM - - at least - yeh, alright I can live with that. Sorry, if you are 1200 NM off the coast of New York where does that put you on the NATSTRACK - -ah south of GreenLand Yeh, it would because you would be flying the Great Circle. therefore north a bit anyway. . .hmmm well,
more study required. appreciate all your input! How come no-one agrees with me on fuel?
Hey, I wasnt knocking BA - I fly BA all the time, and promote them vigorously - its just that here I am being generally prudent and then I get revealing news about taking an A318 acroos the pond.
Last time I looked, it was in a NorthWest B74 and it was about 2800/2900 NM and surprisingly about the same number of feet too (add a nought) - must have been windy upstairs that day.