Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11800 posts, RR: 48 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6109 times:
Last night I flew DOH-BAR-LHR. The captain told us the DOH-BAR leg was officially listed at 125 miles. Is this the shortest scheduled flight in a 744?
Out of interest, the plane was nearly empty (pax and fuel) for this leg, and the take-off was hugely impressive - we used very little runway and the initial rate of climb was incredible! When we left BAR we'd just about filled with pax and had been refueled, and we experienced a more normal 747 take off.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5867 times:
I would take a look at the intra-Japan segments operated with the 744D by JAL and ANA........some runs are quite short.
Thai, at one time, flew 744s on the BRU-FRA-BKK route, I flew this flight out of BRU (in the pre-Star alliance days) and the BRU-FRA segment was very short, about 200 miles. I mention it since there may be other "odd" flights such as this where an extra city is tagged onto the long range flight.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5862 times:
When Air France was still operating the 744 between CDG and EZE four years ago, the Saturday flight AF416 was continuing on the sunday from EZE to MVD. This was only a little jump over the Rio de la Plata river : the flight itself was less than 20 mn.
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5229 times:
You say two, I remember one, it was a 707, the plane hit the Mont Blanc in the Alps just before landing in Geneva, about 37 years ago. It was so sad. I've been flying many times with Air India very near the Mont Blanc, almost touching it, just before landing in Geneva, very impressive. Regards. Kilavoud.
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1499 posts, RR: 19 Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5184 times:
You say two, I remember one, it was a 707, the plane hit the Mont Blanc in the Alps just before landing in Geneva, about 37 years ago
On November 3, 1950 an AI Constellation VT-CQP crashed just below the summit of Mont Blanc killing 8 crew and 40 pax. The crash you mentioned was on January 24, 1966, B707 VT-DMN which also crashed into Mont Blanc killing 117 persons.
Both very very unfortunate.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4921 times:
On November 3, 1950 an AI Constellation VT-CQP crashed just below the summit of Mont Blanc
You are absolutely correct.
The irony of this is that VT-CQP (Malabar Princess) had the honour of operating Air India's inaugural international service to London just 2 years prior to that. The commander of that inaugural flight, Capt. D.Jatar, was later killed in an infamous terrorist incident, namely the bombing of VT-DEP (Kashmir Princess) en route to Bandung in 1955. And of course, the VT-DMN (Kanchenjunga) crash is mourned in India for causing the death of Dr. Homi Bhabha, father of the Indian nuclear bomb. However, the sister one of the air hostesses killed in the "Kanchenjunga" crash (who joined Air India as an air hostess herself in 1966 following the crash) was subsequently killed in the crash of VT-EBD (Ashoka) in 1978, and their niece (daughter of a third sister who also flew for Air India) was killed in the crash of VT-EFO (Kanishka) in 1985. Eerie tragic coincidences all the way down the line.
Bobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4701 times:
About 6 years ago i was sitting in the AA hanger with my dad at AFW. Sitting outside on the ramp was a Korean Air 744. Im not exactly sure why it was there anymore but i know it went from AFW-DFW which is about 20miles away. I know an AA 757 made that trip in just under 8 minutes. Even though this route wasnt a scheduled route it did do the little hop which i would think would be the shortist out of anywhere.
Expressjetphx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4624 times:
BA first used a DC-10 on the LGW-PHX-SAN route. This was later upraged to a 744 (about 20-30min flight). Subsequently, BA decided to change its oprations and gave SAN its own LGW route with the 772, and switched PHX to a 772 also, the day LH began its A343 FRA-PHX route. Then, both LGW-SAN, and LGW-PHX were switched to LHR-SAN, LHR-PHX with the 772 also. The LHR-SAN service was dropped shortly after, and recently BA has decided to upgrade LHR-PHX to a 744 once again, because the 772 in the 4-class config. was too small.
25 Vimanav: However, the sister one of the air hostesses killed in the "Kanchenjunga" crash (who joined Air India as an air hostess herself in 1966 following the
26 Mas777: Malaysia Airlines launches new London flights to Langkawi and Penang from this winter. MH7 will thereafter fly onwards to Kuala Lumpur - so those sect
27 Hoons90: Didn't a BA 744 fly LHR-Duxford during the airshow ? The flight time was no more than 15 minutes, I heard.. Aircraft was G-CIVX.
28 ChrisNH: My shortest 747-400 flight--although it wasn't scheduled--was a United flight from Milwaukee to O'Hare. We were initially bound from San Francisco to
29 Mozart: At peak vacation times (like this year around Easter and May1) Air France used scheduled 747s on the Paris ORY-Corsica route. Not sure they were -400s
30 Stefandotde: Must have been in 2000 - a SQ 744 departing from Taipei. Seconds after take-off for its flight to the US plane crashed.
31 Planesarecool: Mine was from Heathrow to Heathrow back in 2000. Well ok, we were flying to Vancouver but we had to fly back as soon as we got up so really it was LHR
32 Boeingflyer: LH´s first 744 flew only FRA-HAM (replacing a 737 on this route) for some weeks in 1989 when this new a/c joined the fleet. The 70 min flights were a
33 B747-437B: Air India currently has the 104nm COK-TRV segment scheduled for a 744. Air India also operates the 82nm CCJ-COK segment with a 742.
34 Flyboyaz: That's great about BA upgrading the PHX flight to a 744 again. Man, that flight was full ALL the time...can't imagine they left with many seats open o
35 EGFFbmi: How about CWL-LHR, there is a British Airways Maintanece Center here at Cardiff and we get aircraft here such as A320, B737, B747, B777 here. Ok I adm
36 Copaair737: UA did, or maybe still does fly the 744 between SFO-OAK for maintainence. This might have changed because of UA shutting down the UA mx base
37 Jafa: Once flew a 747-400 from ORD-DTW, 40 minutes in the air. Aircraft was used to check out a new captain. It was a substitute for a DC9. I was hoping to
38 Ryan h: When I flew to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines from Adelaide we first stopped in Melbourne. Flying time was about 1 hour
39 Birdwatching: When Lufthansa flew to Quito (Ecuador) in the late 80s, they sometimes were diverted to Guayaquil due to fog. Then they would fly up to Quito the next
40 Cpharris5514: When I lived in Seattle, United had a DC-10 that flew between SEA and YVR, usually as a continuation flight from ORD to SEA. NW also operated DC10s be
41 Eg777er: Bahrain-Doha is 79nm. Some other ranges that have been mentioned in this thread: LAX-SFO 293nm ORD-DTW 204nm KUL-SIN 160nm LHR-CWL 108nm FRA-HAM 223nm
42 VCE: When AZ had the 747 on its fleet, it was a daily flight from Rome FCO to Milan MXP.