Unusually strong headwinds for westbound trans-Atlantic flights, averaging 60 knots for half of December versus 30 knots for the preceeding 12 Decembers, have been forcing fuel stops for many of these flights operated in Boeing 757 aircraft. United Airlines has been especially hard hit due to an extensive schedule of 757s across the Atlantic, most from the former Continental hub at Newark but also several recent additions to the former United hub at Washington Dulles.
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Most of the diversions have occurred on flights longer than 3200 nautical miles.
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