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Weird+(possibly Pointless)routes?  
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6267 times:

Do you know any strange routes, maybe ones that seem pointless? For me, it has to be Sao Paulo Gua to Sao Paulo Congonhas. This flight is with ocean air. Anyone know anything about these flight. The good point being, if the flight is cancelled, you can just take a taxi to the destination!
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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6207 times:

Hmm.. CWL --> Anywhere  Big grin Laugh out loud

Josh


User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

LOL,
its funny cos its true


User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6182 times:

EFD-IAH on COEx was always an interesting one...


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6179 times:

Sevenair, the flight is not half as useless as it seems... when you're stuck in Sao Paulos morning rushhour in a taxi from GRU to your hotel that's just minutes away from CGH, you start craving an alternative: I'd probably use that flight on occasion... if I just knew how to book that thing... Big grin


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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6145 times:

I know, but i guess its mainly business people-you still got the taxi ride to the departure point and the arrival point.

User currently offlineLastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6155 times:

How about the BEY-GRU route being touted in another thread? I can't see there being enough pax to fill anything that can make that run... even once a week

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Another one is cambridge to oxford-true its 3hrs by road but still you got the time to travel to and from the airports plus check-in then baggage collection. I hear that an airline may start that up for university business, but to be honest, i dont think it will work. Perhaphs oxford-cambridge-london will work, i dont know-i dont claim to be an aviation economist

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6075 times:

EFD-IAH is actually quite heavily used. If you live in Galveston, Clear Lake or anywhere in southern Houston -- quite common if you work for NASA -- it could easily take you 2 hours to drive to IAH. Much, much easier to drive to EFD, check your bags there, take a quick 10-minute (free) flight, and connect at IAH. The only think I find interesting is that CoEx uses an ERJ on this route. I thought it might have been cost effective to keep just a few EMB-120s on the roster solely for this flight, but I guess I'm wrong. FYI, CoEx used to operate a HOU-IAH flight, but it has been discontinued.

I think United Express/ACA used to operate an IAD-BWI flight, but I'm not sure if this is still up and running. Anyone know?



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User currently offlineLastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Yes, UA Exporess used to operate this route as part of an extension. It is no longer operative. People in DC are now forced to either use ground transportation or grow wings. DC would be a possible good market for a helicopter service... three far-flung airports... good customer base... too bad so many security concerns would probably doom it from the get-go.

User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6017 times:

Ssides, I actually went to the CO site to check if either HOU-IAH or EFD-IAH still ran...not only is the latter still on the schedule, but the frequencies are incredible so I figured it was as often used as you suggest.


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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

IAD-BWI always seemed a bit odd until the day I had to change airports at the last minute. The 52 mile drive from one to the other during morning or evening rush can take hours.  Sad



User currently offlineLastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5991 times:

Worldperks, know what you mean! Try doing it by "limo" or bus - a miserable experience in DC. And no rail link between all three (none at all to IAD, how insane is that?) is ridiculous too. In general, most U.S. airports could learn a lot from European metropolitan counterparts (to say nothing of Asian)...

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

EDI-NCL, you had to spend 45 mins at airport for check in, having first got to EDI airport, then the flight way 40min, then wait for baggage at NCL-then 25mins to NCL citty centre. You can go city cntre to city centre in as little as 1hr 15min on the train at a fraction of the cost
BA stopped this route, which was a feeder service to BHX I think


User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2006 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5959 times:
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For a while in the early 90's, AA operated an MD80 on SJO-SFO. Roughly eleven minutes from wheels up to wheels down. It was primarily a positioning flight and continued as their red-eye to ORD. They took revenue passengers on it. I know, because I was one of them (involuntary reroute from SNA-SFO).


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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

PA110 -

11 minutes to fly from Costa Rica to San Fransisco?! Wow, that MD-80 is way faster then the Concorde. Maybe they should check for steroids or something!  Big grin

(Hint: I think the airport code you're looking for is SJC, not SJO  Smile)

[Edited 2003-12-05 18:32:12]

User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2006 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5903 times:
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BCAInfoSys - I stand corrected. Thanks.  Big grin

Slightly off topic... one of my last RK experiences was flying ACC-JFK. On the day in question, we flew ACC-LOS-ABJ with an unscheduled stop in LFW, then ABJ-DKR-JFK with an unscheduled stop in SAL. Altogether, 6 stops enroute and almost 22 hours of travel. No wonder they went under.



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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

Gauhati - Bangkok by AI - is my all time greatest. One time DEL-PEK by Ethiopian and a couple of crazy ones like BKK-Cairns and BKK-Noumea for TG also a long time ago.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4116 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

Boston to Montreal on Delta L-1011s back in the 1980s and into the 1990s qualifies to me as 'pointless.' Sure, they may have been tag-ons to ATL or Florida flights, but still...

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

I also heard (just heard, mind you) that UA once operated a SFO-OAK "across the bay" flight. Any truth to that?


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

When I first heard about it I thought that the Hannover, Germany (HAJ) to Moncton, Canada (YQM) route was quite weird - it's operated by Condor (Boeing B757-300, nonstop for 7 hours 10 minutes, 2815nm) for the summer season... I think that that was put on for a tour operator somewhere here in the area...

After staying in YQM for just under 2 hours it continues to YYZ...



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User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5547 times:

Leskova, you are right. That route is absolutely weird. But what I heard is, that it was not full enough to be back next year. BTW the tour operator is Skan Tours, which is specialized in senior travel and not even close to the Top 10 Tour operators in Germany.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5525 times:

Actually, FraT, Condor has already loaded it into Amadeus for next year - beginning, if I recall correctly, on 18 May...

Skan Tours, yupp, that's it - I think they're based in Braunschweig or somewhere around there...

By the way: how many other transatlantic nonstops are there on B757-300s, which is what, according to Amadeus, they'll be using next year?



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User currently offlineUaord From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5538 times:

How about DL service from CVG to Dayton. The Dayton parking lot is full of cars with Cincy plates. Passengers drive 50-minutes to take a 15-minute flight to connect back via CVG to often save hundreds of $$$'s. I know that Airtran operate out of Dayton but what is the point of operating a RJ when more than half the passengers are flying back to their starting point?


User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5512 times:

Gulfstream (the CoEx carrier) used to have a MIA-FLL and FLL-MIA flight that continued to/from TPA.

-76M


25 Lindy : Also, don't forget DCA-BWI flight on US Express DHC-8 (Piedmont). This flight was discontinued in year 2000. Rafal
26 FraT : Leskova, you're right, it's loaded and advertised as well on Skan Tour's HP. But still there are rumors that it might be scrapped. Let's wait and see.
27 DCAYOW : UA did have OAK-SFO on 727s but don't recall when. MALAYSIAN: KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE SATENA: LCH-LET and LCH-SJE CONTINENTAL MIC: HNL-MAJ-KWA-KSA-PNI-TKK-GU
28 CO2BGR : The CalMike Island hopper brings in a LOT of cargo revenue and is very profitable. My favorites are: BGR-PWM DL M80 BGR-PVD DL M80 CommutAir opperates
29 ElectraBob : Had to dig out the trusty old Sept. 1975 OAG again -- UA actually flew 2 daily non-stops from OAK to SFO -- 1 B737 and 1 DC-8. Are you ready for this?
30 Jacques60 : DCAYOW : maybe the MH route KUL/CPT/EZE is operated for the seamen biz as many south Asian countries supply most of them these days ? Rgds
31 USAFHummer : Up until the early 1990's there was a feeder service from my local airport (KLOM, formerly N67) to PHL, operated with Islanders and Triislanders...the
32 747buff : I remember in the early 90s NW flew a LAX-TPE flight with a 744. Anyone else remember this route?
33 Copaair737 : FAT-VIS, SMF-Eureka/Arcata, and SMF-Crescent City all on UAX are pretty weird, especially the FAT-VIS flight. The drive from FAT-VIS is only about 30
34 Pshifrin : Last year CO ran HPN-EWR using a ERJ135.
35 UALPHLCS : Three words "First to Fifty" To accomplish this "feat" UA had to fly to WIL. Wilmington, is thirty miles from PHL. I think LON has airports serving it
36 AAnalyst : I'd say United Express in LAX has some pretty bizarre routes: LAX-SNA LAX-ONT Both airports are within 40 miles of LAX. My old flight instructor now f
37 N312RC : How about everyones favourite DTW-FNT (Flint-Bishop Intl).. its like 10 minutes airborne and NWA operates CRJ's, ARJ's, and even DC9-50's on this rout
38 Post contains images BA : LastBaron, How about the BEY-GRU route being touted in another thread? I can't see there being enough pax to fill anything that can make that run... e
39 Planemannyc : Thai's Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Chittagong (Bangladesh) route flown 3 times a week on a Boeing 737-400. Biman used to have an A310 fly between Chittagong an
40 Airtrainer : Saw on vbird.com that there's a route between Niederrhein (NRN) and Maastricht-Aachen (MST), those locations are really close to each other. Be well
41 A340pilot : I found this one on expedia.com the prices are good, however I don't quite understand this one(which incidently I booked just for the flights) But wou
42 Mfricke : I always enjoyed flying to Austin on Delta in the mid 1990's, when their 727's flew SLC-SAT-AUS. The short route between SAT and AUS gave you a great
43 Yegbey01 : LAX-ONT is a very strange yet my flights were full. all were connecting pax. funny enough, fares from ONT through LAX are identical to fares out of LA
44 Steph001 : I find SCN-LUX operated by Luxair F50/ERJ145 weird. The distance is only 100 km and you can certainly get faster by car than by plane on this route.
45 Tokolosh : The strangest route I ever heard of was in the late eighties when the cheapest way to get from Nairobi to Dar es Salam (1 hour direct flight) was with
46 EIDW : Dublin-Shannon en route to the US on an A330 is fairly pointless. The only reason is the Ireland/US bilateral which will be abolished soon. The cost i
47 Mozart : Steph001, I agree with you that SCN-LUX is "strange" because of its short distance. When flying the route on the F50 at around 9000 ft you can see the
48 Tolosy : SFO OAK by plane Must be the most expensive BART Ticket.... May be faster as well!!!
49 PropJock04 : Didn't Eagle fly LAX-SNA with an erj at one time?
50 Ssides : Dublin-Shannon en route to the US on an A330 is fairly pointless. The only reason is the Ireland/US bilateral which will be abolished soon. What does
51 Post contains images OH-LGA : SMF-ACV-CEC is mainly for state congressman to get to their constituents up in that area. That, and it is a handy alternative to those who would rathe
52 Rkmcswain : How about DL service from CVG to Dayton. The Dayton parking lot is full of cars with Cincy plates. Passengers drive 50-minutes to take a 15-minute fli
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