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The Longest Current/ever B747 Classic Route?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

Which is the longest current/ever B 747 classic route? Longest ever: HKG-LHR or HKG-YVR on CX's B 747-200s?

The longest ever B 747-300 route=HKG-ZRH by Swissair right?

Which is the current longest B 747 classic route?

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
Longest ever: HKG-LHR or HKG-YVR on CX's B 747-200s?

If memory correct NW briefly operated the 742 on SEA-HKG (5648 nm). That's a little further than YVR-HKG (5555 nm).

NW and JL also used the 742 on JFK-NRT (5861 nm) which is further than both of those.


User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6707 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

UA also did JFK-NRT nonstop with their two -222s.

Supposedly NZ did AKL-LAX, which may be second place.


User currently offlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

QF used the 747SP on the SYD-LAX route which is 6507 nm. PA possibly used their SP's on the route too.

Another contender could be SAA's round the horn nonstop flights to London not sure how long they were but I believe they were too far for a standard 747-200



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6900 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3990 times:

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 3):
Another contender could be SAA's round the horn nonstop flights to London not sure how long they were but I believe they were too far for a standard 747-200

or SA JNB-SYD with the SP...


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 3):
QF used the 747SP on the SYD-LAX route which is 6507 nm. PA possibly used their SP's on the route too

You are correct that PA flew this route n/s. I was on it in Aug 1984. Longest flight I've done.



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User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
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Didn't QF used to operate their Manchester flight in..oh.. about 1986 I think as:

SYD-BOM-LHR-MAN

I'm pretty sure I flew on this when I was a kid.

If I'm correct, SYD - BOM is 5482nm, so that's right up there in terms of distance.


User currently offlineTruemanqld From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
The longest ever B 747-300 route=HKG-ZRH by Swissair right?

No, QF's AKL-LAX flights were 6504 mi (as opposed to HKG-ZRH which is 5776mi). This surely must be the furthest flight operated by a 747 Classic (excluding the SP)?


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5193 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 6):
If I'm correct, SYD - BOM is 5482nm, so that's right up there in terms of distance.

AKL-LAX 5652nm NZ flew 742s AKL-LAX and QF 743s at times.

HKG-YVR 5555nm
HKG-LHR 5209nm
HKG-ZRH 5019nm
SIN-LHR 5879 (Did anyone SQ or BA fly this non stop with the classics?)


User currently onlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

El Al operated non stop flights to Miami from TLV with it's B742s, 5738nm.

LY operated LAX-TLV flights (eastbound only) with 747s for sure, which is 6581nm, but I do not know if it was done also with the B742s or with B744s only (while B742s flew via JFK or YYZ)



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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6707 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

LAX-TLV and MIA-TLV were scheduled flights? When?

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

IIRC, SA flew IAH-JNB with their SP's in the late 80's.

I found the distance on some travel site:

Distance from Houston to Johannesburg is 14,503 kilometers or 9,012 miles or 7,831 nautical miles. The distance is the theoretical air distance (great circle distance). Flying between the two locations' airports can be a different distance, depending on airport location and actual route chosen.

[Edited 2012-06-05 11:26:48]

[Edited 2012-06-05 11:27:05]


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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6707 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 11):
IIRC, SA flew IAH-JNB with their SP's in the late 80's.

Scheduled flights? Think they're in the OAG?


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3733 times:

Quoting timz (Reply 12):
Scheduled flights? Think they're in the OAG?



Good questions.

I don't believe they were daily flights and for some reason I'm wondering now if they were charters rather than scheduled flights. I definitely remember working them inbound and outbound from Terminal B's north side banjo back in the day.



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User currently onlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting timz (Reply 10):
LAX-TLV and MIA-TLV were scheduled flights? When?

Since the mid 80s, MIA-TLV closed in 2008, LAX-TLV still running (since 2007 also TLV-LAX nonstop)



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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6707 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

No LAX-TLV or MIA-TLV in the 1989 and 1992 OAGs; LAX-TLV is a 744 in the 1995 OAG.

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6996 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

The only year scheduled service I remember with El Al to MIA was with a 762ER.

[Edited 2012-06-05 21:28:12]


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