MANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
Hey guys, I've been thinking the last couple of days whether or not it is possible to go around the world flying only narrowbody aircraft? I know this might not be the most ideal conditions to fly in but I was just thinking whilst working at MAN today. Would it be possible to fly from say, the UK over to Asia, down to Australia, New Zealand, stop off in the pacific and then to America and back to the UK?
Kl911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5479 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4346 times:
I do think it's possible. The biggest problems are the Atlantic and Pacific flights, but with CO operating the 757, (Icelandair as well) there is I think also an airline that flies the 737 from island to island in the pacific. After HNL you can take a 757 again to the mainland.
Admittedly, they are special charters which fly in luxury configuration and have probably 1/3 of the seats they normally would. With the lower payload, the longer over-water flights probably cause less of a headache.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4210 times:
Absolutely possible. If you start in the U.S.: 757 to HNL, AirMike island hopping (this would be a kick I think) over to either HKG or Tokyo or the like, then hop aboard one of several Asian narrows over to the Middle East (several stops of course at cities you can't pronounce, let alone knew that they existed, and maybe an airline change or two), then a European carrier to the edge of the Atlantic, and finish up with American or Continental or Icelandair or the like, and there you are. Phew!
It would have been much easier though if only you could've caught a TWA 707 the whole way. That would've been spectacular. . .
Sure you don't just want to hop on a jumbo?
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4122 times:
I know that there is an airline that codeshares with another airline using an A320 for flights from the US to Europe (sorry can't think of the cities right now). I read it somewhere in another post just a couple of weeks ago.
My point is that... if that routing is possible, then an around the world also certainly is. Provided of course, intermittent stops are made.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
MANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
Thanks for the replies so far, have been interesting to read some of the different ways off getting around the world on narrowbodies. I remember the Air 2000 aircraft that did it, i was discussing it with some colleagues at work.
Sorry, i just thought SU use to fly 734s from NRT because its said on a LHR movements site that a 734 came from NRT, can't remember the flight#.
This would certainly be an interesting journey. It kind of goes against my wish to travel on a 747 or any other widebody, as all i have sampled so far is 737s, A320s and 757s! But thats what u get for travelling on ITs and LCCs all the time!
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2621 posts, RR: 57
Reply 25, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
I remember the Air 2000 aircraft that did it
Matt, they're still going on! 5 trips were operated last winter. There are 9 planned for this winter using 2 aircraft at a time! Most of them do not go all the way around the world, but tend to focus on a particular region or theme. The VIP 757 prgramme has been offered every winter since 1994 by Air 2000/First Choice Airways.
Most trips are operated on behalf of TCS Expeditions, but a few are operated for other operators, corporate clients or private individuals.
There is no longer a different livery for the special config aircraft - but they often bear the charterers titles - so if you see an FCA 757 somewhere like Cambodia - that's the reason...