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The Longest Current/ever B747 Classic Route?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9191 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 4743 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, 25871 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4564 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, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4443 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, 1485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4379 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, 7342 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4297 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, 1252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4172 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, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4154 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, 1580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4147 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, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4144 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 offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1350 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4089 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, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

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

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4077 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, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4048 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: 22
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4040 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 offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1350 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4034 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, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4005 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, 7252 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3982 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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