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User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

OK here's a question! I know its probably prone to problems of definition but its just for fun.....

Which flights spend the greatest % of their flight time over water?! NOTE this does not mean the longest TIME over water, but the longest time as a proportion of the total flight...


My guesses are going in for SYD-LAX (almost 100%).....possibly AKL-SCL (although the last few hours are flown offshore but in sight of the Chilean coast..) - maybe some of the East Coast - UK/Ireland flights eg Boston-LHR; Boston-Shannon on EI.

SYD-LAX is probably a winner here...but I'm sure we can think of some more unusual ones too! My wildcard flights are Ryanair's Liverpool to Dublin.....and BA's Kirkwall to Sumburgh up in the Islands of Scotland!!

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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Quoting Ratypus (Thread starter):

I guess any flight from East coast Australia to West Coast US and HNL
PER-JNB is another route that comes to mind where majority of the flight is over water


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6065 times:
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I know when I flew SYD-JNB there was a lot of water in sight for a very long time!


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User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1477 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5991 times:

Shannon to BOS, depending on the actual routing must be in there also.

It depends on which bits of Canadian territory are under the ice below you much of the year.


User currently offlineVanguard From Solomon Islands, joined Feb 2004, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5986 times:
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I would think most island hopping flights in e.g. the Med, or the Pacific or anywhere in fact would be 100%. Short, but almost 100% over water.

OK so it depends whether the airport is inland or not, but certainly in the Pacific islands most airstrips are on the coast as the interiors are mountainous.


User currently offlineSpottingpete93 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

AKL - SFO must be up there - both airports being right on the coast!

User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

How abt TRV-MCT or BOM-MCT (West Coast of India to East Coast of the Arabian Peninsula over the Arabian sea) or maybe even MAA-IXZ domestic flight (East Coast of India to Andaman islands over the bay of Bengal)


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

LAX-PPT is one that I can think of that is entirely over water. The ocean is less than a mile from the end of the runway in LAX and the threshold at PPT is right near the edge of the water. Of course the rest of the flight is over water getting between the two places. I think that flight would spend only about 1 minute flying over land and about 8 hours over water.


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User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

SJU-JFK should be around the top with 99% to 100% above water. Have flown it many times and we always took off towards the sea at SJU (where the runway stretches out into the atlantic), and on many occasions we landed on the shoreside runways of JFK. When flying back it's different because at SJU most planes land towards the ocean (because of the sea winds). But on SJU-JFK it must be 100% water.


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User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5859 times:

Completely forgot the flight to MLE, which literally sits in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I think the TRV-MLE flights are 99.99% over water.  Smile


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User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 5792 times:

OK so we're doing well - got all the obvious ones out, plus some less obvious ones! And love the attention to detail...right down to runways right next to the water!!

Now to reverse the thread - how about the flights that have most % over land - except to make this trickier....they must be intercontinental flights!!!

I'm thinking CDG-HKG maybe?.......or CDG-JNB (just a short hop over the Med) - or maybe LAX-EZE, which probably heads over mexican land on the way?

what do we think?!


User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 5778 times:

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Dunno about percentage but it's the longest spent over water in total. Must be a dull view really for all 18 hours of it.


User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5696 times:

Please ignore... filler filler filler filler

[Edited 2006-10-25 18:41:46]


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User currently offlineYulymx From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

HNL-SFO/LAX 100% over water

User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5558 times:

Many seaplane flights are 100% over water!  Big grin


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

HNL-West Coast (ANC, SEA, PDX, SFO, LAX, SAN, OAK, etc.)
LIS-EWR
SNN-EWR
SNN-BOS

HNL-Japan

HNL-AKL
HNL-SYD
HNL-CNS
HNL-GUM
HNL-BNE

PPT-LAX

The list grows...



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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5496 times:

SYD/BNE-LAX depending on which departure and approach you get your flight could proberly only see flight over land for about 2 minutes after takeoff then another 2 minutes on approach

i suppose SYD/BNE-AKL/WLG could also be up there too



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User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

For me it's been CPH-KEF, I'd say 90% over the water.

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User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 860 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5388 times:

From the channel islands to BOH or SOU?


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