Rongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
They flew SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO-JFK-LHR in the late 60s. I flew this service several times between 1968 and 1970. The flight took a 6 hour break at SFO for crew rest reasons. In those more relaxed times transit passengers were taken to a motel without ever going through security or immigration (stayed in the transit lounge at HNL or JFK so the US was never officially entered by these passengers).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23184 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting Timz (Reply 4): BA did fly SFO-HNL-NAN-SYD for a time, but mostly they left that route to Qantas. During most of the 60s they flew SFO to Tokyo and Hong Kong, LAX to Australia.
I can't recall BA (then BOAC) ever operating the South Pacific route from LAX. If memory correct until about the mid-70s when they dropped both routes, they operated the SFO-HNL-NAN-SYD route you mention and SFO-HNL-HND (Tokyo Haneda). I think they were using the Super VC-10 on the SYD route and the 707-320B/C on the Tokyo route when they suspended service.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
Quoting Timz (Reply 4): It seems BA resumed LHR-SFO in May 1978-- or maybe they never flew it nonstop before? They had ended flights to SFO sometime 1971-74.
Just as a fun point in history, Bermuda I, signed in 1946, allowed the following regarding SFO/LAX:
For UK carriers:
Route 1) London to San Francisco via New York, continuing to either or both Hong Kong and Singapore via any one or more of Honolulu, Midway, Wake, Guam or Manila, if desired.
For US carriers:
Route 6) San Francisco or Los Angeles to Hong Kong via Honolulu, Midway, Wake, Guam, or Manila (as desired), continuing onto Macao; A point or points in China; A point or points in Indo-China; A point or points in Siam; A point or points in Burma; Calcutta, if desired.
Route 7) San Francisco or Los Angeles to Singapore via Honolulu, Midway, Wake, Guam, or Manila (as desired); A point or points in Indo-China; Batavia, if desired.
Obviously things changed over the years before Bermuda II came into existence.
I would have to look back in my old, old records, but I recall a friend from high school taking a British Airtours 747 charter from SFO to London in the late 70s, and my dad flying nonstop around 1980 SFO-LHR when the 747s were painted in the "British" livery.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2036 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
I wasn't aware SFO was ever dropped. The SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO-JFK-LHR leg required a SFO transit for about 6 hours at the SFO Airport Hilton due to JFK curfew restrictions. The trans-Pacific service was terminated around 1973 (QF operated the same route and withdrew from SFO-JFK-LHR)- both BA/QF operated the flights with 707's the last few years.
Rongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
On one of my SFO 6 hour transits the 707 was full and there were insufficient rooms at the Airport Hilton. So en route HNL-SFO the flight attendants looked at our passports. Those with UK/Aus/NZ passports were bussed to a hotel off the airport and told to 'stay in the hotel grounds'. All others were sent to the Hilton.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5462 posts, RR: 6 Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 5): I can't recall BA (then BOAC) ever operating the South Pacific route from LAX. If memory correct until about the mid-70s when they dropped both routes, they operated the SFO-HNL-NAN-SYD route you mention and SFO-HNL-HND (Tokyo Haneda). I think they were using the Super VC-10 on the SYD route and the 707-320B/C on the Tokyo route when they suspended service
From NO LATER than late 1968 the BA South Pacific route was SYD-NAN-HNL-LAX-JFK-LHR, operated by SVC10 aircraft. They may have also operated SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO, at this time. The LAX route was the last to operate from SYD.
The SFO-HNL-HND route operated thru to HKG. BA also operated LHR-ANC-HND-HKG. The exact route and end point changed fairly frequently and also changed according to the day of the week.