Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26668 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
Air Mauritius operates once a week GVA-MRU nonstop. The return flight operates MRU-FRA-GVA. For FRA passengers, it's the opposite where the soutbhound flight stops at GVA and the northbound flight is nonstop. However, the flights are still "direct" meaning "same aircraft" but they are not nonstop in both directions. The "direct" definition includes flights that make intermediate stops.
ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
These are called Triangle Routes, and there are several, though I can't name any with 100% certainty. I believe CDG-LAX-PPT-CDG is one, but it MAY go back to LAX before going to France. I know KLM's AMS-SXM-___-AMS is another, though I don't remember where the stop is.
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MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33594 posts, RR: 71
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
AA has daily Miami-Salvador-Recife-Miami and daily (soon 2x daily) Miami-La Paz-Santa Cruz-Miami. In the case of the Bolivia route, La Paz' altitude does not allow an aircraft to take off and make it non-stop to Miami.
United has Chicago-Maui-Kona-Chicago. The runway at Maui combined with the equipment used does not allow the plane to make it non-stop to O'Hare.
JALWays has Tokyo-Kona-Honolulu-Tokyo.
EVA will soon have Taipei-Toronto-Anchorage-Taipei.
Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1745 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2876 times:
KLM has several triangular ME routings such as AMS-BAH-AUH-AMS or AMS-BAH-DOH-AMS etc. (they may have been changed/suspended though). They're not entirely uncommon.
Another one is BA's LCY-SNN-JFK-LCY service.