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World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?  
User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5840 times:
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With long thin routes becoming more and more popular what are some of the strangest or surprising non-stop (O&D) flights- like Jackson Mississippi to Shanghai? (I made that up)

I found Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro on US AIRWAYS very strange at first!


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User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2881 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5749 times:

BLI-HNL
SJC-LIH
SAN-PDX
SEA-SIT
FAT-GDL
SLC-CDG
SNA-YVR
SJC-NRT when it resumes
SEA-KIX
DFW-EZE
DEN-LIH

Most or all of these routes do very well AFAIK, but seem like unusual routings.

Odd ones of the past:

SJC-COS
DFW-ZRH
BWI-HNL
LAX-GRR (UA did this for a short time)
SEA-OMA
SNA-PIT
PDX-FRA
YYC-SLC
BLI-SLC
(actually most of DL's short-lived small market west coast to SLC)
FAT-ORD
MRY-DEN
MRY-ORD (the latter three done for a short time with UA 727s)
CCR-LAX
SJC-SJC-GEG

[Edited 2012-01-03 19:27:42]

[Edited 2012-01-03 19:28:19]

User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

RDU (Raleigh-Durham) - LHR (London Heathrow)


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User currently offlineBen175 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

SYD-RUN has to be way up there at the top for most unlikely!

User currently offlineptugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5657 times:

I don't think anything within one country could be too surprising. I believe this topic is worth getting highjacked and given international flavor to. I was at BKK last night, and they were boarding BKK - TNR (Antananarivo, Madagascar).
I consider most routes between Far East and Africa (except South African Republic and North African Arab countries) odd.
Also, flights between Asia/Oceania (except Japan and China) and South America are odd IMHO (KUL - EZE is the oddest one in my opinion).


User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):
With long thin routes becoming more and more popular what are some of the strangest or surprising non-stop (O&D) flights- like Jackson Mississippi to Shanghai? (I made that up)

Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SAN-PDX

Two major cities on the west coast? What's so unlikely about that?



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
Odd ones of the past:

YYC-SLC

DL (SkyWest) still has 2 daily CRJ700s YYC-SLC. I don't think that's an unsual route. It's been operated for many years and feeds a DL hub from a major city. I remember when DL operated 757s and 727-200s on that former Western Airlines route.


User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3378 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
DEN-LIH

Is this non-stop? LIH-LAX/SFO often takes weight restrictions.



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User currently offlineDLD9S From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

RSW-DUS has always been one of the more unusual flights from South Florida.


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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2975 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

CLT-MUC on LH was rather strange at first, but the flight is one of the best long-haul performers on LH out of MUC.


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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4254 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

Well, EWR-LAX on an AA 738 1x per day is totally strange to me. I predict this will be gone in the next 12 to 18 months.

User currently offlineyeogeo From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 882 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

Less surprising when you consider that the entire routing is MEX-TIJ-PVG (not PVD!), not to mention the demands on the aircraft due the elevation of MEX.

yeo



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User currently offlinepanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5328 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
MRY-DEN

Still flies, with one daily CRJ-200. Upgrades to a daily CR7 for the summer.


User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2881 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5301 times:

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SAN-PDX

Two major cities on the west coast? What's so unlikely about that?

It's a point-to-point of two smaller airports, bypassing the major cities. This route didn't historically have non-stop service in the old days. UA had one 727 that did SEA-SAN. Everything else, you would have to connect in SFO or LAX.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
Odd ones of the past:

YYC-SLC

DL (SkyWest) still has 2 daily CRJ700s YYC-SLC. I don't think that's an unsual route.

Yes, my error. I meant YYJ-SLC.


This is fun. Some more current or future ones:

SEA-DXB
BKI-ICN
SCL-MDZ
LPQ-CNX
MIA-CNF
SFO-LIM
SEA-KEF
SMF-OGG
LAX-BNE

More past ones:

SEA-BGO (Done by SK in DC-8 days about 2/week instead of SEA-CPH)
ITO-DFW (Or was it DAL? Done by Braniff with a DC-8 or 707)
SCK-TVL (Done by Hughes Airwest with an F27 as SFO-SCK-TVL)
LAX-CHC (NZ tried this with a 744 AFAIK
ALY-ADD (Done as a LHR-ALY-ADD routing by British Mediterranean)
SFO-PSC (Hughes Airwest DC9)


User currently offlineGSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 9):
CLT-MUC on LH was rather strange at first, but the flight is one of the best long-haul performers on LH out of MUC.


This flight connects BMW's headquarters in Munich with their Assembly plant in Greer, SC (the property borders GSP), an hour and a half drive from CLT. I believe it is BMW's largest facility outside of Germany, and the only one in the US.

Also helps that their *A partner US Airways largest hub is in CLT.


User currently offlineHKG212 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2008, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

Quoting ptugarin (Reply 4):
I consider most routes between Far East and Africa (except South African Republic and North African Arab countries) odd.

Why are those odd? there is a huge amount of trade and other economic relations between Africa and China. Expect these links to only grow.

Quoting ptugarin (Reply 4):
Also, flights between Asia/Oceania (except Japan and China) and South America are odd IMHO (KUL - EZE is the oddest one in my opinion).

Strange statement considering that both Japan and China are too far for non-stops (which would not surprise you). The very few non-stops from Australia/New Zealand to South America are unique (LA SCL-AKL-SYD, QF EZE-SYD), but not really odd.
KUL-EZE is not a non-stop -- it stops in CPT. Still I would agree it's an odd one.

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

TIJ is a technical stop, they don't have the range for MEX-PVG non-stop.


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5190 times:
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Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SCL-MDZ

Um, LA has been flying that route forever, not random at all and operates 4x daily.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SFO-LIM

What about LIM-IPC and IPC-PPT, or even PUQ/RGL-MPN?


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2975 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 14):
This flight connects BMW's headquarters in Munich with their Assembly plant in Greer, SC (the property borders GSP), an hour and a half drive from CLT. I believe it is BMW's largest facility outside of Germany, and the only one in the US.

I am well aware. (Live in CLT, visited the plant last year.) But to the general public, who is not aware of the plant, the flight is indeed a headscratcher.



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User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2881 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 16):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SCL-MDZ

Um, LA has been flying that route forever, not random at all and operates 4x daily.

Yeah, except the two airports are about 90 miles or 150 Km apart. It's a very short jet operated international flight that doesn't involve a tag-on. That's why I mentioned it.

I did COR-SCL. Awesome view over the top of Aconcagua.

Didn't LA also do SCL-BRC and SCL-ROS for awhile?

I wish they'd do SCL-SLA. Would avoid having to change airports from EZE to AEP when traveling to that wonderful spectacular region around SLA and JUJ.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17003 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SLC-CDG

Why? DL has a small hub (focus city?) at SLC while they have skyteam partner AF at CDG.



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User currently offlineGSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 17):
I am well aware. (Live in CLT, visited the plant last year.) But to the general public, who is not aware of the plant, the flight is indeed a headscratcher.

Haha, whoops! I need to find the time one day to do that tour, living right there in Greer.

You are right about it looking odd to those who aren't from the area, and I am sure that many of these "Unlikely/Surprising" flights have some kind of a link, like this one does.


User currently offline2travel2know2 From Panama, joined Apr 2010, 2428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4997 times:

Without CM hub operation PTY could hardly support non-stop (and daily) flight to most of its destinations...


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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4998 times:
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Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 18):

Didn't LA also do SCL-BRC and SCL-ROS for awhile?

I wish they'd do SCL-SLA. Would avoid having to change airports from EZE to AEP when traveling to that wonderful spectacular region around SLA and JUJ.

LA flew SCL-BRC but had to drop it since LA's permit was not renewed. LA also flew SCL-SLA-ROS in the past as well. LA operates between SCL and SLA seasonally via IQQ.


User currently offlinebkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4967 times:

This has got to be the strangest flight.

For a few months in 2011, Aeromexico changed the MEX-TIJ-PVG routing to go Mexico City - Cabo San Lucas - Shanghai, instead of Tijuana. That was nonstop from Cabo San Lucas (a small resort town in Mexico) to Shanghai. I can't remember the reason for this 2 months change in flight schedule.


User currently offlineqqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2244 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

RNO-YVR and RNO-ANC, both former QQ routes.


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25 BoeingGuy : QQ did RNO-ANC non-stop? I didn't know that. QQ had a number of odd-ball routes worth mentioning, mostly very short-lived: SJC-COS SJC-RDM SJC-IFP Yo
26 qqflyboy : It operated one or two summers only in 1997 and/or 1998.
27 AR385 : Yes, they are pretty close but: And therein lies the problem. Not only Aconcagua per se, but the rest of this huge mountain range called Los Andes. I
28 AR385 : Runway work at TIJ. Although in stages, the length of runway made unusable would have made it impractical, if not impossible for AM to operate the fl
29 BoeingGuy : I remember the QQ SEA-ANC flight. I flew the AA SJC-SEA MD-80 flight once, in which it was continuing to ANC that was a remnant of the QQ SJC-SEA-ANC
30 BoeingGuy : Understood. I've been to BUE twice; once after Patagonia and once before visiting Northern Argentina. I'm well familar with that. That's why I sugges
31 HB-IWC : Luanda - Havana on TAAG Harare - Kuala Lumpur - Beijing on Air Zimbabwe Paris - St Denis de la Reunion - Sydney - Noumea on Air Austral Luanda - Dubai
32 USAirALB : You should, it was really interesting.
33 BoeingGuy : SEA-LIH (still unlikely when I think about it) SEA-MZT LAX-ZLO (not the first place that comes to mind when I think of Mexico resort areas) ANC-OGG (s
34 bohica : MIA-TPA-MCO-MIA on a Boeing 707. That was the first route of Air Florida. They quickly replaced the 707 with Lockheed Electras.
35 wedgetail737 : OAK - KOA - AS, ATA, AQ OAK - ITO - ATA OAK - YVR - Harmony OAK - AMS - Martinair OAK- PPT - Corsair OAK - ORY - Corsair OAK - YYC - America West OAK
36 SCL767 : LP wants to launch LIM-SLA this year, LP currently operates LIM-COR, LIM-EZE and LIM-ROS. LP applied to operate LIM-IGR, but was denied the authority.
37 mah4546 : How is this strange? It's no "stranger" than MIAEWR. It connects an AA hub to a major airport. And it's also getting the 762 back shortly.
38 LV : Have you ever been to Cape Coral? I used to live there and when I would go to Publix I would hear more German than English being spoken. Sounds like
39 RWA380 : UA operated a 72S PDX-SAN for years, I flew it once in the early 80's, this was before AS flew to SAN, but I also flew a CO 72S SAN-ONT-BUR-PDX all on
40 byronicle6 : AR Also operate between Aust/NZ & South America from EZE-AKL-SYD
41 NWADC9 : If you were to tell me a decade ago PIT-CDG was to be operated by Delta in a 757-200 (oh, and that said 757 would have winglets!), I would've laughed.
42 BoeingGuy : Good post. SFO-OAK has been done by several carriers as a tag-on. Air California did it as part of SFO-OAK-TVL with an Electra. I also recall a late
43 LV : Oh yeah, this one I scratch my head about every time I see the prop going over my house on the downwind leg. Does this thing haul specialty wines for
44 SSTeve : Sure was when I flew it! Just a 752 that's not too full.
45 pzurita1 : I would not call it small. However, not a natural departing point for a transpacific flight. Los Cabos is the 4th largest beach destination in a coun
46 Post contains images 747m8te : Ummm in what possible way are any of these unlikely/surprising routes??? Each are popular markets and have viable traffic between them. The way your
47 Richcandy : Isn't that route operated because of someone like GlaxoSmithKline? i.e. a large multi-national company connecting two offices and sending a lot of pa
48 kiwiinoz : Back when Viva Macau used to fly there was a couple of odd ones, off the top of my head Macau-Sydney, and for a short time, Macau-Maldives I guess it
49 JAAlbert : I find all of DL's international flights out of Salt Lake City very strange. It's like flying Tucson to Paris non-stop. I fly DL a lot and its website
50 covert : Pretty odd reason to skip, IMO, one of the best connecting airports with a decent layout and minimal delays in the USA.
51 Post contains links BOStonsox : When I made my first TATL flight in 2003, I opened my AF flight magazine and was surprised to see the number of destinations served. Indeed, after fur
52 USAIRWAYS321 : I don't understand what is odd about connecting through Delta's 4th-largest hub.
53 gemuser : The QF service was a thru SYD-LHR flight. The full route was SYD-NAN-PPT-ACA-MEX-NAS-BDA-LHR operated by B707-138/338 aircraft. The ACA stop was for
54 SRQKEF : The routing is actually LIM-IAH-SFO on UA 763 on the same flight nr (UA 855) Present or past routes of my choice: Stromfjord (SFJ) - Baltimore (BWI),
55 BoeingGuy : I was talking about LA, not UA. Didn't LA recently start this non-stop?
56 Skyeurope : @SRQKEF In fact Conviasa operates Caracas-Damascus-Tehran IKA with their sole A342, however they don't have any service to Dammam.
57 Post contains images SRQKEF : Yes, they did. I forgot that. You're right, thanks for the double correction! Rgds, Sveinn
58 Post contains images SRQKEF : That's true also. I don't know why I said Damman, of course it's Damascus-IKA. Still strange tho Rgds, Sveinn
59 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Not particularly, when you look at the political situation it become clear that it's one of the few remaining 'prestige' routes in existence. Iran Ai
60 RJLover : AC still flies this every summer. I don't know how yields are, but the loads are often fantastic. AFAIK, this route is operated primarily for the cru
61 CitationJet : It was ITO to DAL with a 707-320. Braniff never flew DC-8s to Hawaii.
62 steex : In the same vein, DTW-NGO seems a very strange route to the lay-person who does not recognize the automotive traffic.
63 AR385 : Thank you. I knew it was some sort of thorugh or around the world flight. But I could not recall the exact circumstances. It was and is a strange fli
64 Viscount724 : The seasonal summer service operated by Condor 763 FRA-YXY-ANC-FRA and by Edelweiss A330 (codeshared on their parent LX) ZRH-YXY-ANC-ZRH, both about o
65 Coal : Tech industry AA used to have loads of codeshares with LX There is A LOT of trade between China and pretty much everywhere in Africa. Guangzhou is ho
66 SRQKEF : Came up with another strange route that was flown until CO stopped all SRQ flying: SRQ-TPA on the B1900. Flight time was 5-10 min, but with security+c
67 united319 : Yep. UA flies Saturday service between DEN-LIH and DEN-KOA both are flown with 752's. They are blocked at 7:48 and 7:35 respectively. Not sure about
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