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What's The Strangest Routes You've Ever Heard Of?  
User currently offlineBoeing 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3974 times:

I'd like to see who can come up with some strange or odd routes, like flights to places you'd never expect an airline or an a/c type to use. Discontinued or currently in use, it doesn't matter.

I know I can think of a few.
YVR-San Jose, Costa Rica - CP A320, 9 hours! A very long flight for an A320! This was flown in the very early '90s-late '80s.

YVR-BOS CPA320 nonstop - used at least until CP got taken over by AC, I think it's discontinued.

GUM-CNS CO 757 This is a bit odd - A US airline going into Australia from Guam! 757s, oprated by Continental Micronesia are used, but they may switch to 737-800s.

HNL-Oakland, CA Aloha Airlines 737-800. I saw some info regarding this - the 737'd have to have ETOPS capabilities to do this.

Have fun!




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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3441 times:

I know some airline, I forgot who 'tho, flew DC9's between SFO and OAK...


Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineDeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3430 times:

MCO-ATL-GCM: Not really odd, but out of your way. You have to fly north before flying south. I guess thats hubbing.

User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3408 times:

I think it was UAL that flew between OAK and SFO but it was really just to relocate the aircraft.

User currently offlineAviationLover From Norway, joined Jul 1999, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Scandinavian Airlines and Braathens fly from Tromsø to Longyearbyen. Ever heard of these cities? No? Tromsø is a small city in northern Norway, and Longyearbyen is a small town on this big island far up to the North Pole! The route is flown with MD80/DC9 and 737 with a frequency of 2 or 3 flights each.

Geir, Norway


User currently offlineDelta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

Swissair flys from zurich to basel which is a less than 50 miles on Arjs ,330, and m80

A. Hemingway
Richmond VA


User currently offlineDL_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1968 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

I flew SR from ZRH to MUC on a MD-11. It was practically empty.


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

Qantas flew Sydney-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore return for quite some time using both the Boeing 747-300 and 767-300. After downsizing to a 767-300, QF still couldn't work out why its service was so unpopular not only with Malaysia-bound travellers (as they only flew 3 times a week) but with Singapore-bound ones too...Kuala Lumpur lies 45-minutes north-northwest of Singapore.

Malaysia Airlines has probably Southeast Asia's most bizarre route - Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Buenos Aires. Undoubtedly Southeast Asia's ONLY service to South America is probably quite important to both countries but do those 747-400s really make much profit flying all that way twice a week.

EVA Air flies regularly from Taipei to Panama City - although it may not be so weird to know that Eva is owned by the giant Evergreen Shipping Group.




User currently offlineTailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Here are a few, less well-travelled routes that I would love to try out:

Emirates from Dubai to Moroni (Comoros Is.), EK again Dubai to Peshawar (Pakistan) aswell as Islamabad and Karachi. Equipment on those routes could be anything they have free.

Malaysia Airlines' Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Buenos Aires route (I've flown that one from JNB, one way on a 744, the return on a 742.)

SriLankan's L1011/A340 service from Colombo to Tokyo (Narita).

KLM's service, Amsterdam-Paramaribo (Surinam), and Air France's Paris-Cayenne service (French Guiana). KLM flies the 743 to Paramaribo, AF flies in a 742 to Cayenne.

Just two more I remember: TAP's A340 to Luanda (War-torn Angola-surprised the airport's still there!) and Iberia's 757 to Equatorial Guinea.

Sabena serves some pretty dangerous/dodgy cities in Africa, there pretty brave people!!

Cheers,
Tailscraper.


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5301 posts, RR: 61
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

ZRH-BSL driving is more than 50 miles. I have done it both driving and flying. But now for an odd one:
Geneva GVA- Bern Belp. It is very short. It is with Air Engiandina. It is cheaper than a first class rail ticket GVA-Bern !

Jeremiah Teahan



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

Mas777 wrote:
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Malaysia Airlines has probably Southeast Asia's most bizarre route - Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Buenos Aires. Undoubtedly Southeast Asia's ONLY service to South America is probably quite important to both countries but do those 747-400s really make much profit flying all that way twice a week.

i dont know how much profit they make but i heard that a flight from buenos aires to cape town costs as much as a flight from buenos aires to miami. british airways and luftansa also operate flights like this. they go from london or frankfurt to buenos aires, then to chile. both flights depart for chile at about the same time on a 744, its hard to imagine that those flights can be full with all of the other flights to chile during the day.


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

how was MAS' JNB-EZE service - busy?

(They tried to change the aircraft used on this route several times - but Cargo traffic is quite high - so this Summer - the 747-400 Combi will be used - and probably stay on the route. Silly me, didn't think that JNB/CPT-EZE may be rather busier than KUL-EZE!)



User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

Presidential Airways (the original one) used to fly from Washington Dulles to Hot Springs, VA (an airport in the middle of nowhere) using the BAE 146. Presidential also flew the BAE 146 from Dullles to Barbados NONSTOP. Other than that, ValuJet flew DC-9-20's nonstop from southern Florida to Boston (I would have used the MD80's they had) and Pan Am's Washington Dulles-Miami nonstop 747 service.

User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

20 years ago when I lived in Tahiti Lan Chile operated weekly service with a 707 between Santiago- Easter Island- Papeete. What would the need be to support that kind of route- Chili to Tahiti????

I dont know if LanChile still operates the Santiago to Papeete route or not, its been years since I have been in Tahiti.


User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

I almost forgot a really weird one that did nothing but loose Alaska Airlines money every time the a/c took off from Anchorage.
Anchorage- Magadan (Russia)-Khavorosk-Vladivostok-Magadan-Anchorage.

Later they Added Yhuzino-Sakalinsk somewhere in the mish-mash but discontinued all service a bit over a year ago.

They operated this route with their long range MD-83s that had to tanker every drop of fuel they could, usually limiting passenger load to about 70 and seriously limiting the belly load to ONE checked bag not over 70lbs per person and one carry-on. Crews had to carry CASH to pay for fuel and deal with ground crews who tried to steal cargo and bags right out of the belly of the a/c. At least a MD-83 at Max Gross (160,000lbs) is able to get off the runway better than a 737-400 at max gross (142,500) which is like driving a fully loaded cement truck.

Currently Reeve Aleutian Airways flies regular charters to the Russian Far East (Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Sakalin Is., Khavorosk) from Anchorage, sometimes via FAI to get that extra squirt of fuel in 727-100 combis and Lockheed Electras. There is some ancient equipment still doing a good job !!


User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

1.)To see a B767 from Air New Zeeland in LAX is a pretty strange sight I think (I believe they island hop their way from Auckland, via Tahiti and Hawaii to LAX, or something like that).

2.)I saw a picture on airliners.net of a B737 from the German Carrier Happag Loyd in Australia (don't ask)

3.) Delta used to fly from Miami to Ft.Lauderdale (10 min flight)

4.) I also think that SAA flight between the US and South Africa is weird one; it makes sense, but I believe SAA is the only airline using the connection between N.America and S.Africa non-stop (exluding their code-sharing seats with Delta)

Boeing727


User currently offlineKlwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2073 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

A couple years ago this subject was dealt with on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The entire article was on Continental's flight 950, which is still in existence. The flight was a 727, it's now a 737. It starts out in HNL and ends up in GUM. It makes about 8 stops or so, and the flight takes about 15 hours. I believe it first stops at the Solomon Islands. It then travels to Pohnpei, Truk, Palau, Kosrae and maybe Tinian as well (I know CO goes there). I'm surprised nobody has mentioned CO's entire GUM operation, not just GUM-Cairns. I know out of GUM Continental used to go to Cebu, Phillipines. But stopped it (possibly due to a volcanic eruption). They still go GUM-MNL. Last I checked CO still goes to Noumea, New Caledonia out of GUM. They also still go to Denpasar Bali Island Indonesia. They also travel to quite a few cities in Japan from GUM. As well as to Taipei and Kaoshieung in Taiwan (or at least used to). Long ago they went to Port Moresby if memory serves. I know Continental is still the largest employer in Micronesia. Contiental Express also goes to many little places in Mexico from Houston.

Of U.S. carriers CO has the most exotic routes.


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

dunno fly they would fly it, for the 330, it is probably going international from basel


Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineJpyvr From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

The strangest (and funniest) routes I've ever seen were in the timetable of "Panhandle Central" Airlines, which found its way into one of the early classic National Lampoons in the 1970's.
This (non-existent) airline only flew between all the panhandles in the USA, and so had some wonderful routes like:
Juneau-Amarillo
Pensacola-Erie PA
Coeur d'Alene ID-Wheeling WV

Maybe WN would like to pick up some of these, now that "Panhandle Central" seems to have gone under!


User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

Hong Kong-Guangzhou by China Southern Airlines. I see several flights a day in the Air Movements Timetable in the newspapers. There are plenty of corss-border ferries, buses and trains serving that route. Very short distance for a flight too!

User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

CO-Micronesia is a very interesting, certainly the most ambitious overseas endeavor of any of the US domestics. They saw an underserved (or perhaps non-served) market and jumped in. I wonder if their S.Pac routes are profitable?

I believe that they still fly to Port Morsby and Noumea.


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Here are some of routes currently being flown by airlines that you wouldn't think would be flying them:
1. Los Angeles - Sao Paulo (Japan Airlines)
2. Los Angeles - London Heathrow (Air New Zealand)

2 years ago I was trying to fly Delta Airlines to Austin, TX. I took an MD90 from Salt Lake City to San Antonio. Had a stopover in San Antonio and the same plane made the VERY short hop to Austin. We basically took off, never attained cruising altitude, and were on the ground in 15 minutes.


User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

What about a flight we have gotten very familiar with over the last year: Egyptair from New York to Los Angeles (and vise-versa).

Boeing727

PS: Are they still flying this route, if yes what equipment, now that their #2 B767 is out of service???


User currently offlineKlwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2073 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Regarding Continental Air Micronesia


I'm certain CO flies from GUM to New Caledonia, I'm sure of that. I also pretty certain Port Moresby is not served anymore by CO. According to the article, those routes are very profitable. As a matter of fact the article went on to state that those intra-island routes were instrumental in keeping Continental afloat during their last financial crisis. Imagine that! Remember they have been flying those routes a very long time and have mastered all the intricacies of flying to these places with nonexistent airport infrastructure. At least that's what the article said. It also said that others have tried to challenge them but were unsuccessful. I just don't understand why they don't serve Tahiti, Tonga, or Pago Pago. I don't think they go to Somoa either. Incidentally, I don't believe the planes out there say "Micronesia" anymore by the CO name and logo. I know Continental's slogan in Micronesia is "Fly with the Warmth of Paradise." The article even said that the arrival of CO #950 is such an event that lots of islanders show up to greet the plane just for fun and something to do!


User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1740 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Yes, Egypt Air still serves JFK-LAX using 777's.


727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
25 Flyf15 : It is, after the crash, a 777 flight.
26 Post contains images Brissie_lions : Klwright69: CO Micronesia do not serve Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, etc..coz...take a look at a map and see where these places are situated. US tourism to th
27 XNV : Years ago, NWT Air used to fly from Yellowknife (YZF) to Edmonton Municipal (YXD) then to Edmonton International (YEG) - it can't be more than 15 mile
28 Lima : I had the chance to fly some route sectors on airlines and aircraft that never thougth they would be serving or less, offering such good fares: Buenos
29 Boeing 777 : LAX-JFK by EgyptAir - JFK is likely a fuel stop and also to pick up additional passengers going to Cairo, or to let for whom JFK is their final destin
30 Dnalor : I was on a Bavarian Airlines flight from Palermo to Munich and we diverted to Tunis to pick up 2 pax. Eq. was BAC111 Britania used to operate Adelaide
31 Boeing 777 : You forgot one strange northern route system - Canadian North(CP's northern subsidiary) flies a 737-200C as Flight 448 from YEG departing at 9:20 am,
32 Timobear : as a S/A passenger when traveling on a co. pass, its not uncommon to come up with well... lets just say interesting alternitives to get from point 'a'
33 LJ : Probably the strangest route ever advertised in an official timetable was published in the CPH Worldwide timetable 28 March 1999 - 30 Oktober 1999: Co
34 LJ : Probably the strangest route ever advertised in an official timetable was published in the CPH Worldwide timetable 28 March 1999 - 30 Oktober 1999: Co
35 Travelin man : JAL does use LAX for a number of fuel/boarding stops (I believe they even make the short Las Vegas-LAX hop). However, you CAN purchase a ticket on Air
36 Mas777 : 1. Dnalor : Britannia used to fly from Australia via Bintan, Indonesia - which was used because of cheap landing charges. The Indonesians built Bintan
37 Scotty : The winter Glasgow - Copenhagen sector goes via Edinburgh. The 40 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes about 15 minutes. a/c is a Fokker 100. The sho
38 ABQ757 : United uses a 757 on some of it's ABQ-DEN routes, but that is a cool thing though. Also, Delta uses a 737-300 on some of it's ABQ-ATL routes. And why
39 Pacific : If anyone wondered how far Guangzhou from Hong Kong is, the route whiI thought was strange, it's about 100km. Very short for a flight.
40 Pacific : If anyone wondered how far Guangzhou from Hong Kong is, the route which I thought was strange, it's about 100km. Very short for a flight.
41 FlyPNS1 : Every morning Delta uses a 142 psgr MD88 on a flight from PNS to MOB. The flight is only 60 miles and it seems kind of strange until you realize that
42 ABQ757 : This flight is strange, a MD88 used on a short distance flight. This flight lands in ABQ at around midnight and continues on to ATL.
43 SCXmechanic : A while back, my airline did a charter for a US Goverment. They wanted to move 98 people from OKC (Oklahoma City) to TYS (Knoxville, TN.) and move an
44 ScottPhillips : That TUC-ABQ flight comes from DFW and ELP first. The ELP-TUS flight terminates in TUS and then goes to ABQ with a different flight #. The strange thi
45 Post contains images IB6400 : Hi! At least in Mexico the strangest routes: Aerocozumel Shuttle Cancún - Cozumel (18 min. flight every half hour) This flight is always full... I do
46 Mas777 : Joaquin, I've been on that KLM flight AMS-MEX-GUA. The reason why KLM uses a Boeing 747-400 Combi is because the flight originates in Amsterdam. Mexic
47 LJ : To answer the last question. KLM uses Mexico City as a stop on its flight to Guatemala. Before this route Mexico City had three nonstop flights to Ams
48 Canadi>n : I remember being in Lima, Peru in 1974 when Air France used to fly a 707 on the Tokyo-Papeete-Lima route. I was at the airport one morning when the fl
49 Brissie_lions : I am not exactly sure what you mean by 'only domestic flight operated by MD-11 or 747', but JL and NH have been operating domestic Japanese flights fo
50 Mas777 : Malaysia Airlines often operates KUL-Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu using the Boeing 747-400. When MAS operated the MD11 - they were ofte
51 Samurai 777 : United certainly operates 747s on US domestic routes within the conterminous United States, not just Hawaii. ORD-DEN is one example I can think of. No
52 VirginLover : It wasn't an actual route.. but when we were diverted to Newark when we were going to LHR-JFK, Instead of busing us to JFK.. we took a 5 minute flight
53 FLY777UAL : Strangest flights: >UA 727 MIA-ATL >UA 757 SFO-MRY FLY777UAL
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