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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

Are there, or have there ever been any International routes, that were so far around the world, that the return flight kept on in the same direction, instead of going back the way they came?

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Well, not sure if this is what you mean, but PA, TW, and UA all had round the world flights.

User currently offlineFrequentflykid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

He means did a flight go, for example, westbound to it's destination and it was "so far" the return flight just continues westbound back to the origin.

The answer is no.


User currently offlinePNQIAD From India, joined May 2006, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3080 times:



Quoting Mudboy (Thread starter):
Are there, or have there ever been any International routes, that were so far around the world, that the return flight kept on in the same direction, instead of going back the way they came?

Doubt it would happen unless winds / other environmental factors were so compelling as to do that. Because to have this happen - you would essentially have to be half way around the globe (for the return leg to be closer/convenient) to continue going in the same direction. But if that was the case - you would go the other way (shorter distance than approx. 1/2 the earth's circumference) on the outbound leg itself....


User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2802 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3071 times:



Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 3):

That's basically it. They would fly back and forth with the shortest route possible.


User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3038 times:



Quoting Mudboy (Thread starter):
Are there, or have there ever been any International routes, that were so far around the world, that the return flight kept on in the same direction, instead of going back the way they came?

At certain times of the year, that's precisely what the TG nonstops to JFK from BKK (sadly ending this month) and SQ to EWR from SIN do. The outbound from Asia takes the traditional route northeast over China, Arctic regions, Canada and east coast US. Return also heads east over the Atlantic via Europe, Russia, central Asia. Those would qualify as round the world.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

How about NZ, they operate flights from AKL to LHR via either LAX or HKG.
Would it be possible for them to operate a flight that goes AKL-HKG-LHR-LAX-AKL?



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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

I thought NZ's AKL-LHR did this too?

User currently offlineCostastic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

I remember UA had a round-the-world flight. I can't remember the exact routing, but I do recall it including USA-LHR-DEL-HKG-USA. Where in the USA did it begin and end?

If I visit New Zealand at some point I might well fly LHR-HKG-AKL one-way and AKL-LAX-LHR the other.


User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2678 times:



Quoting Costastic (Reply 8):
USA-LHR-DEL-HKG-USA

SFO-HKG-DEL-LHR-SFO and v.v. using 747's

A clever route..
The route only started around 1999/2000 during the dotcom boom with the mass market between SFO area and India for IT skills, and then tapping the market of India - UK & India - HKG travel markets, and the UK-centric dotcom industry for europe.

The SFO-HKG, and SFO-LHR still remain... that HKG-SFO is a loooong flight !!!

Ended days after sept 11th.

as one agent put it to me... "flying over Iraq,Afghanistan and Pakistan.. forget it !!!"

QF picked up the slots at LHR when this ended I believe.



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2669 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
How about NZ, they operate flights from AKL to LHR via either LAX or HKG.
Would it be possible for them to operate a flight that goes AKL-HKG-LHR-LAX-AKL?

You can certainly buy the ticket...

AKL-LAX-LHR-HKG-AKL or v.v.

In fact i'm booking just that, this evening... though adding an extra stop in PPT



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25332 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2616 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Would it be possible for them to operate a flight that goes AKL-HKG-LHR-LAX-AKL?

Yes there's no reason the aircraft couldn't operate that way but passengers originating AKL obviously wouldn't be going beyond LHR.

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 9):
Quoting Costastic (Reply 8):
USA-LHR-DEL-HKG-USA

SFO-HKG-DEL-LHR-SFO and v.v. using 747's

If I recall correctly, UA used 3 different aircraft on their RTW flights, two 744s and one 763 I believe. When PA operated RTW they normally changed aircraft at least once en route.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

UA started the RTW-with-an-aircraft-change around 1998, then dropped it. When they resumed RTW in 2001 it was a thru 744 that started out of LAX, not SFO.

User currently offlineMTYFREAK From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Cargolulx has a route ELLX-WSSS-YMML-NZAA-KLAX-ELLX.


Going eastbound all the time,


so cool!!



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