CPA 3272 Leg 5 (Final) – HKG to ANC
It’s done! We have circled the world aboard our Boeing 747-400F on Cathay Pacific Cargo flight number 3272. 12 days ago we started in Anchorage and after 5 legs, today we returned to the icy freight hub.
During this tour we have touched down in 4 different countries – the United States, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.
Here are some other statistics of this tour, for those interested:
- Total Blocktime: 35h 17m
- Total Flighttime: 33h 28m
- Total Fuel Burned (Block): 393,386 kilograms
- Total Cargo: 469,776 kilograms
- Total Distance: 16,605 nautical miles
Now let’s talk about today’s flight. It was time to say Good Bye to Hong Kong and fly back to Anchorage. ETD was 16:10 Hong Kong Time and ETA was 07:59 Alaska Standard Time. Most of the flight was at night, but most importantly Take-Off and Landing were at Dawn/Dusk. The first time during this World Tour that we actually departed and arrived during daylight.
Weather in Hong Kong was nice, few clouds and good visibility with 17° Celsius OAT.
After departure our routing will take us along the Chinese coast on a Northern track. After overflying Shanghai we will head out into the East China Sea and reach the Korean island of Cheja a little while later. Following our North-Eastern heading we then pass Busan in Korea, the Sea of Japan and pass over the Russian island Sakhalin. Then we fly out into the Sea of Okhotsk, pass the Russian Kamchatka peninsula and leave the Asian continent when flying out into the Gulf of Anadyr over the city of Anadyr. From there we will reach the Bering Sea and our initial contact with the American continent will be close to Unalakleet, Alaska. Before beginning our descend into Anchorage, we will overfly the city and airport of McGrath. It is kind of ironic that we will also pass a city named “Farewell” on our final heading. A nice way to end this really interesting and entertaining Around the World tour. Cruise Altitude today will be 33,000 feet, with a Step Climb to 35,000 feet some 2,500 nm into the flight. Fuelburn will be a total of 109,407 kilograms today and in Anchorage we get clearance to land on runway 07L, with a great view onto the Chugach Mountains in the background.
Hong Kong is the world’s largest freight hub, with almost 4,2 million tons of cargo. That’s some 250,000 tons more than number 2 Memphis. Therefore it’s not really surprising to see the ramp this busy.
ATC cleared us for SID BEKO3A. It doesn’t get any better than this! We might not be able to land in Kai Tak anymore, but this departure route right over the bay and downtown Hong Kong is a very nice substitute.
Thank you for flying around the world with me! I hope you enjoyed this multi-leg tour and had as much fun reading about it, as I had flying it.
If you want to read more, just stay tuned! My combined FedEX/Lufthansa Cargo Around-the-World tour will start soon. This time we head westbound, starting in Anchorage and going back via Osaka, Krasnoyarsk, Frankfurt and Toronto.
So see you soon, back in the sky!