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Shortest Flight On A 747  
User currently offlineJala300600 From France, joined Apr 2003, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7628 times:


I was wondering what was the shortest scheduled on a 747.
In Japan, I believe it is Tokyo-Komatsu (kanazawa) with a scheduled flight time of 1h.


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User currently offlineBabaero From Philippines, joined Jan 2002, 479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7367 times:
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A few examples of past sectors come to mind

BA operated BAH to MCT in early eighties ( part of LHR to SYD )

Also operated KUL to SIN with BA

Both of these are less than 1 hour

Correct me if im wrong but also LHR to BAH to AUH was a 747

BAH to AUH is only about 45mins

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7343 times:

CX flies a 747-400 into Adelaide every Sunday morning arriving at 9:05 am as CX105 from HKG. Then at about 10:30am this aircraft departs for Melbourne and makes a stopover, which is only a 1 hour flight, on it's way to HKG.

User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7345 times:

Pan Am, in the 80's, had SFO LAX SFO flights:

SFO-LAX on 747sp (same plane continuing onto SYD and return)
LAX-SFO on 747 (same plane continuing onto LHR and return)

the sfo-lax-sfo flights were sold separately if desired.

User currently offlineQatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

British Airways operates daily on the LHR-BAH-DOH using the B747-400 since late May, before it was on the B777. The distance on BAH-DOH is only 79nm. Air India used to operate this route with a 747-200 too and other large widebodies like the A340 operate(d) on the route too.

User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 313 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7324 times:

GVA-ZRH with Thai B747-400... only 35 minutes...

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7323 times:

UA operated LAX-SFO (for repositioning purposes) last fall...

User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7314 times:

SQ and MH does the SIN-KUL vv. with a 744 during peak periods like the festive season (Chinese New Year) etc. The actual time of flying is actually only about 30 mins, or 25 mins on good days!

User currently offlineDon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7275 times:

I hope the question relates to 747 cargo flights as well. Anyway these are some of the shortest flights I have flown on 747 cargo flights. All of them has block times of 1 hr +/- 5 minutes and typical flight times of around 35-40 minutes.


Other short sectors with block time around 1 hr 20-30 ninutes include


Some others which slips my mind right now.

User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7179 times:

Aer Lingus DUB - SNN only took 25 minutes on a 747, before EI got rid of them for A330's.

User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7170 times:

japan air lines offered a 55min flight from vegas to la as an extension of the tokyo service

User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7149 times:

And soon Thai Air will operate Oslo (OSL) - Copenhagen (CPH) using B747 on its way between Oslo and Bangkok. The flight time between Oslo and Copenhagen is noramlly about 1 hour.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

PEN-KUL on MASKargo B742 and Air Atlanta Icelandic B742Fs ops for MAS could be one of the shortest with real flying time only about 35-40 mins. MAS used to operate B744s on this route on certain days but as of now it is only on demand for the B744 but then in November we would have KUL-PEN-LHR.

Other carriers flying KUL-PEN with a B747 includes Korean Air Cargo and China Airlines Cargo.

User currently offlineSk From Germany, joined Apr 2003, 75 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7113 times:

I remember LH flying with the 747-400 FRA-HAM (40 minutes) back in 89/90

User currently offlineUPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7076 times:

UAL used to fly the 747-200 from SAN-LAX in the 1980s. It then went on to HNL, then on to Auckland,New Zealand I believe.


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7074 times:

SR B747 ZRH-GVA vv and TG B747 same route, 30-35 mins. only...

User currently offlineJohnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7053 times:

LH currently operates 744s between DXB and AUH as well as DXB and MCT


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User currently offlineAvionpg From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7016 times:

One of the shortest that I know of is BON-CUR flight time 25 minutes KLM 747 in the old days 747 could not go fully loaded to AMS so the flights where routed to CUR from BON and SXM. I think we had this tread before.


User currently offlineQf747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6969 times:

Qantas fly Melbourne to Sydney 1hr 20mins using 747-438. This is a continuation of the flight from LHR.


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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

Did UA ever do a IAD-JFK with a 747?

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User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6944 times:

What about HKG-TPE? Cathay, China Airlines, and EVA Air operate 747s on the route.

User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6919 times:

HKG-TPE takes about 1 hr so not really the shortest flight...

User currently offlineTi717 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6910 times:

LH Before DFW and IAH had separate flights flew FRA-IAH-DFW.

Sir, don't you think we should turn on the runway lights?" "No, that's just what there expecting us to do!"
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19610 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6860 times:

So say a B744 was flying between two airports with a flying time of 45 minutes - what would be the rough altitude? Would it fly relatively low or would it be roughly the same as for longer flights?

BA used to operate LGW-MAN-ISB using the B744. I guess the LGW-MAN would be 35-40 minutes, because I flew LHR-MAN which was 30.

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User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 688 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

Royal Air Maroc used to do JFK-Montreal. Swissair also used to do ZRH-GVA.

CEOs should swim with cement flippers!
25 Bhxforever : PIA used to fly BHX-CPH with 743's, not quite sure how long it took though.
26 Alitis : OA, JFK to BOS on the way to ATH with 742, (when they still serviced that route up until about 2 yrs ago). Amazing as it was usually packed with passe
27 B747Skipper : On a short term contract as 747 pilot with Air Atlanta in 1993, which leased airplanes to Saudia, we operated quite a few times from Jeddah to Medina,
28 Capital146 : The much missed Wardair used to operate a 747 on YYZ-LBA-BHX during the 80's. LBA-BHX is about 120 miles or 20 mins flying time.
29 Pacificjourney : I don't know the answer to your question Jala300600 but Kanazawa is IN Tokyo so that doesn't sound likely.
30 Kwbl : NW use to fly PDX-SEA in the 70's. 129 miles
31 Pizzapolli : Saudi does IAD-JFK on its way back to Saudi Arabia.
32 RayChuang : I think for a short flight on a regular basis, the shortest 747 routes are those flown by JL and NH on Japanese domestic routes using 747SR's (which I
33 Post contains links PW100 : @Avionpg You're absolutely right! This was indeed discussed before; I think you're reffering to this archived thread: http://www.airliners.net/discuss
34 Bigmo747 : Late 80's/early 90's PIA used to operate some of the following routes: Paris/London London/Paris Amsterdam/Paris Paris/Amsterdam Frankfurt/Paris Paris
35 Positive rate : I gotta ask why did the airline operate a 747 on a 20 minute flight? Harldy seems worth it. Was the demand on these short sectors really that high tha
36 MELflyer : UA also operate the SYD-MEL route with a 744 as QF do. It is meant to be 1hr20 but have had it done 48mins block to block on QF.
37 Captaink : Virgin Atlantic goes from TAB-GND-TAB.. each leg is about 15 minutes.... Of course the flight originates and ends in LGW, but the flight is shared bet
38 IMissPiedmont : National, for a short time, flew a 747 FLL-MIA in just a bit more time than it took to drive between the two airports when you add in the neager 20 mi
39 Jwenting : BA occasionally uses a 747 LHR-AMS vv. when demand is too high for a 757 or the planned aircraft breaks down and a 747 is the closest available spare.
40 ARN : What about Iran Air´s Gothenburg - Copenhagen - Tehran flight performed by a 747SP? GOT - CPH is about 40 minutes.
41 ZK-NBT : Air New Zealand's shortest 744 route is CHC-AKL which is a continuation of a Japan service. Used to be a 742 back in the good old days.
42 Don : These are not SCHEDULED flights as the topic says but when SIA still had the maintenance base at Paya Lebar airport in mid 80s, they used to ferry air
43 Fritzi : Oct 31, 2000 SQ 006 TPE-LAX
44 Post contains images Unique : LOL, Fritzi!!!
45 Travelin man : As someone mentioned above, JAL does a LAS-LAX flight (about 50 minutes) with a 744, which continues on to NRT. I believe UA used to do HNL-OGG with a
46 Aa777flyer : In 1977 AA operated a Sunday only BOSJFK on a 747 Flight 697 Departed BOS at 21.30 and arrived JFK at 22.31. Thats pretty short, hope you like your ro
47 PW100 : @Fritzi I find that a very sick joke. PW100
48 FSPilot747 : That's one of the funniest things I've ever read on here. FSP
49 Bigmo747 : Fritzi, ROFLMAO--VERY SICK but unfortunately also very funny--LOL
50 IMissPiedmont : Funny but sick indeed. The KLM at Tenerife beats it by a few hundred feet at least. For those offended, so sorry. Life and death are real. If you can'
51 Jhooper : Could I buy a ticket on JAL from LAS to LAX?
52 Hoons90 : Seoul Kimpo-Pusan (PUS) - 45 minutes. Seoul Kimpo-Jeju (CJU) - 1hr 5 minutes. been on both flights. And of course during the opening of Incheon Airpor
53 Highguy76 : Am I reading that joke (the one about the roast beef) wrong, because to me it sounds like they just don't have time to cook the meat very long. Why si
54 HlywdCatft : Didn't NW used to fly 747s between ORD and DTW in the 70s? In the 80s I believe Sabena used to fly ORD-DTW-BRU with 747s and BA used to fly DTW-YUL-LH
55 S.p.a.s. : Until the mid 90s VARIG used to have many 747s, and a lot of flights were routed like "abroad"-GRU-GIG or "abroad"-GIG-GRU.. The GRU-GIG portion of th
56 Post contains images Leezyjet : VS have a few flights each month between LGW-LHR-LGW but these are only positioning flights for maintanence. Distance is about 45 miles. Flight time i
57 Ricardomexico : Some years ago KLM had the route MEX-GUA-MEX
58 Skyhawk : The PAA flight LAX-SFO, no "local" traffic was allowed. You had to either be continuing on to LHR, or making a different connection. The same for the
59 TLHFLA : As far as scheduled domestic 747 flights currently in the US, I believe UA is the only carrier with such service. I know they were flying 744s between
60 RNOcommctr : Not the shortest mentioned, but around 1970 I flew ORD-MSP on a 747, a little over 400 miles. As I remember, it was NW, but could have UA.
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