Lib­eral’s cargo plane in­ef­fi­cient, 1960s era gas guz­zler

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - BRYAN passifiume

It’s a fine ex­am­ple of late 1960s avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy — hard at work help­ing Justin trudeau earn his sec­ond term as Prime Min­is­ter.

the Lib­eral Leader raised eye­brows ear­lier this week af­ter ad­mit­ting his cam­paign con­sists of a sec­ond air­plane — a boe­ing 737-200 cargo freighter char­tered from Mon­treal-based noli­nor avi­a­tion — prompt­ing con­ser­va­tive Leader an­drew Scheer to la­bel trudeau a “cli­mate hyp­ocrite” dur­ing the French lan­guage de­bate on Oct. 2.

Man­u­fac­tured in 1975, the air­craft spent most of its life with aer Lin­gus in Ire­land be­fore be­ing pur­chased by noli­nor in 2017.

con­sid­ered one of the least ef­fi­cient and worst pol­lut­ing air­lin­ers in cur­rent ser­vice, the 737-200 was among the first gen­er­a­tion of boe­ing’s ven­er­a­ble 737 fam­ily of nar­row-body air­lin­ers.

the 737-200 was man­u­fac­tured in 1966 and 1988, and only 58 re­main in ser­vice to­day — largely by char­ter com­pa­nies and air­lines in de­vel­op­ing na­tions such as Zim­babwe, demo­cratic repub­lic of the congo and cen­tral african repub­lic as they’re the only air­liner still ca­pa­ble of tak­ing off and land­ing on gravel airstrips.

tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the 737-200 list a 4,899 km range and, ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by noli­nor, the craft burns an av­er­age 3,691 litres of fuel per hour with its Pratt & Whit­ney Jt8d en­gines, in­tro­duced on the boe­ing 727 in 1962.

trudeau’s pri­mary plane — a “next Gen­er­a­tion” 737-800 char­tered from air transat — has a pub­lished range of 7,400 km and con­sumes nearly 500 less litres of fuel per hour than the 200.

us­ing pub­licly avail­able data from flight track­ing web­sites, the Sun de­ter­mined the Lib­eral’s cargo plane em­barked on 35 trips be­tween the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign on Sept. 11 and Oct. 4. log­ging over 27,000 km — nearly three-quar­ters the cir­cum­fer­ence of the earth.

While the plane’s long­est flight was Sept. 19 be­tween Hal­i­fax and Saska­toon — 3,239 km — many of the trips were un­der 200 km.

the short­est flight was a

31 km hop be­tween Mirabel — noli­nor’s home air­port — and Mon­tréal–trudeau on Oct. 3.

that came a day be­fore an­other se­ries of short flights — 233 km from Mon­tréal– trudeau to Que­bec city, 313 km to Mont-joli a few hours later, 675 km to Ottawa In­ter­na­tional that evening, fol­lowed al­most im­me­di­ately by a 136 km re­turn to Mon­tréal-mirabel by 8:30 p.m.

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