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Did Airlines Ever Name Flights?  
User currently offlineSJC30L From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11388 times:

I recently watched the 1970 movie "Airport" again. In the film, TGA flight number 2 was also referred to by the airline as "The Golden Argosy". It had me wondering if this was ever a common practice for commercial airlines to name flights in the same way the railroads named their premier trains (Super Chief, Broadway Ltd., etc). Does anyone know if this was the case? If so, what were some of the more well known flight names?

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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2952 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11359 times:

NY - south florida...the Bagel Run.  duck 

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User currently offlineSparky35805 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11349 times:
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Capital had a Constellation roundtrip HSV-DCA-LGA thst they named the Redstone Rocket after Redstone Arsenal here.Im sure other airlines named some of their flights.

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11348 times:

Not official - SA227 between GRU-JNB is often referred to as the "Junkie Express"  Wink



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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7494 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11340 times:

Launched in 1953 with the Super Constellation, Air France service Paris-New York was called the "Parisien Spécial" while the New York-Paris was called he "Golden Parisian".

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11340 times:

Well, there's the "milk run" on AS and WN has another one from, IIRC, BUR to LAS which goes under several names due to the bunch of rich, good looking, stupid blonds that go to LAS to party for a night and then come back. But these names are of course not official as far as the airline is concerned.

User currently offlineDL757FAN From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11339 times:

Someone (possible F/A) mentioned that WN's BUR-LAS flight is known as the "Stripper Express" for ladies reporting to duty in Las Vegas!

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16743 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11318 times:

Let's not forget the Kangaroo Route.
Also, I have heard of the XNA-LGA flight referred to as the Wal-Mart to Wall Street flight.

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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3782 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11246 times:

Wasn't AA's AUS-SJC known as the "Nerd Bird"?

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User currently offlineSJC30L From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11168 times:

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 8):
Wasn't AA's AUS-SJC known as the "Nerd Bird"?

Correct. However AA never referred to it officially by that name.

I do remember Reno had some SJC-SNA flight that were called "Orange County Flyer":

User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11170 times:

I've heard the BA LHR/JFK route referred to as the 'blue ribbon' route

User currently offlineRidgid727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11161 times:

IN 1974 or 75 Alaska Airlines and Braniff had an Interchange flight that was routed
FAI-ANC-SEA-DFW-IAH and they called it the "Pipeline Express"

User currently offlineTan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 11061 times:

back in the late 50's, early sixties there was a UA flight from LGA to ORD call teh "executive exprees or some such...all men, no women pax, standard meal was steak and drinks, and cigars after dinner. I believe it ran with DC-6s and Caravelles..Maybe an old UAer can help out.

User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 11007 times:

CO Islandhopper is well known by name and not the flight number CO 956/957

User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 13500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 10936 times:

Airlines used to call routes by certain names all the time - a holdover from the train naming tradition that used to have far more applicability to the airlines. In the early days, air routes were a lot like train routes: linking big, far flung cities with lots of little whistle stops along the way. And the flights were much longer, too, taking double or more the amount of time that modern jetliners take today.

Thus, for example, AA used to call their nonstop New York-Los Angeles route "The Mercury," going back to the DC7 days. When Coach was introduced on the route on May 20, 1965, AA began offering "Royal Coachman" service. When AA started a partnership with the 21 Club, offering 21 Club dinner meals on the evening New York-L.A. flight (my how times have changed), it became the "21 Club Service." (Interestingly enough, that is why, to this day, AA's 7pm JFK-LAX flight is flight 21.)

And yes, even today - as others have already alluded to - several flights at AA and other airlines carry non-official nicknames, like AA's "Nerd Bird" AUS-SJC flights, or Eagle's "Wal Mart to Wall Street" XNA-LGA flights.

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5667 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Some old DL names:

The Rocket, The Royal Biscayne, The Royal Poinciana, The Owl Comet: ORD-MIA
The Comet: ATL-DAL
The Royal Caribe: MSY-HAV-SJU/CCS

User currently offlineAidanoc5793 From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 10797 times:

GVA-JFK UN shuttle > unoffical

User currently offlineCO787EWR From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 10761 times:

Isnt SFO-FRA-BLR on LH called the Bangalore Express...

User currently offlineIndyWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 10747 times:

I know a ton of derogatory names for NY-FL flights...but my favorite is the service from anywhere to SRQ (non-stop service to God's Waiting Room)

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34614 posts, RR: 70
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 10714 times:

Virgin Atlantic has official names for their U.S. flights. For example, Miami-London is "The Trance Atlantic" and Los Angeles-London is "The Rising Star."

[Edited 2009-04-24 16:39:16]

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29497 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10679 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 14):
AA used to call their nonstop New York-Los Angeles route "The Mercury," going back to the DC7 days.

AC (when still Trans-Canada Air Lines) also used the "Mercury" name for their fastest L1049 Super Constellation flights between YYZ and YVR. A daily YYZ-YVR-YYZ flight was the "Pacific Mercury". Two other YYZ-YVR-YYZ flights that made one stop in YYC or YYC were the "Edmonton Mercury" and "Calgary Mercury".

When AC started YVR-LHR/FRA service with DC-8s about 1963 (most flights with one stop in YYC, YEG or YWG) those flights were branded "Western Arrow".

Many other airlines had marketing names for certain flights or classes of service. For example, BOAC called their First Class transaltantic flights "Monarch" (not sure if that name was used on other routes also), and Pan Am used to call their first class service "President Special".

Panagra (Pan American-Grace Airways), the joint-venture carrier owned 50-50 by Pan Am and the W.R. Grace shipping company, which operated between the U.S. and countries on the west coast of South America (and Argentina) used the name "El Interamericano" for their first class DC-7 flights in the 1950s and "El Pacifico" for their economy class DC-6B flights. When they introduced DC-8s in the early 1960s they transferred the El Interamericano name to those flights. Braniff bought Panagra in 1967.

In the 1950s National Airlines called their daily New York-Havana DC-7 nonstop "El Emperador" (The Emperor).

[Edited 2009-04-24 17:30:07]

User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10628 times:

AC also had rapidair between YYZ and YOW / YUL.

User currently offlineFloorrunner From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10627 times:

Pan Am use to have the China Clipper and a lot of their other routes named In fact there is an old movie by the same name that dramatizes the history of Pan Am. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart.

User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 883 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10622 times:

Would the Delta Shuttle and US Airways Shuttle count as named routes?

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User currently offlineEghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10585 times:

Alaska Airlines 100/1 ANC-FAI-SEA-PDX: Golden Nugget Service
Braniff Int'l 970/1 NYC-RIO: El Dorado
Braniff Int'l 985/6 NYC-BOG: El Bogatano
Central African 890/1 Salisbury-LHR: Zambezi Service
Central African 892/3 Salisbury-LHR: The Rhodesian (opb BOAC)
Air France 044/5 PAR-NYC: Parisian Special
BOAC 509/10 LHR-NYC: Monarch (Stratocruiser)
KLM 621-626 AMS-NYC: Cosmopolitan
Pan 100/1/114/5 NYC-LHR: The President Special (Stratocruiser)
BEA 328/33 LHR-PAR: Silver Wing
Canadian Pacific 1/2 YVR-YYZ-YUL: Canadian Empress
Trans-Canada 1/2 YUL/YYZ/YEG/YVR: Edmonton Mercury
Trans-Canada 3/4 YYZ-YYC-YVR: Calgary Mercury
Delta Air Lines 900/1 ATL-BHM-DFW: Royal Rocket
Delta Air Lines 770 HOU-NYC (nonstop): Royal Manhattan
Delta Air Lines 771 NYC-HOU (nonstop): Royal Texan
Avianca 7712/3 Cali-MIA-NYC: El Andino (DC-4)
Avianca 770/1/4/5 BOG-MIA-NYC: El Caribe (DC-4)
Avianca 666-671 BOG-MIA-NYC: El Colombiano (Constellation)

Some of these flights have intermediate stops.

25 Nomadic : TWA had a variety of named flights. Their premier services to Europe using Super Constellations and later 707s were refered to as 'Royal Ambassador' f
26 Argonaut : Correct: BOAC's 1950s First Class trans-Atlantic service (exclusively served by Boeing 377 Stratocruisers) was called "Monarch", characterised by a s
27 MotorHussy : The late night flight from Auckland - AKL to Rarotonga - RAR with NZ used to humorously be referred to as the 'Kentucky Fried Special' as returning Co
28 AVION826 : United's first routes to Asia, Seattle - Tokyo and Seattle - Hong Kong, were known as the "Rice Rocket".
29 VirginFlyer : In addition to the well known Kangaroo Route, Qantas also had the Southern Cross Route from Australia to the UK via the Pacific and the USA and the Fi
30 UpstateDave : Here's the complete list of Virgin Atlantic Flights from their Jetrosexual Campaign ('05) * The Refresh Air * The Higher Flier * The Trance Atlantic *
31 Mats : A Western Airlines DC-10 crashed in Mexico City. This particular route was called "El Tecolote" ("The Night Owl.") Air Canada's daylight flight from T
32 Post contains links and images LoneStarMike : That was The Chicago Executive. The return flight was called The New York Executive. Here's another United ad for "The Hollywood" Burbank to New York
33 Maxpower1954 : I have 1950s era "Flying" magazines that have American ads refering to the "Royal Coachman" - are you sure you didn't mean 1955?
34 QANTAS747-438 : Flights on WN between BNA and LAX are often called the "Hillbillies to Hollywood" flights.
35 Widgetmd11 : Western Airlines had 'The Londoner' DC-10 service from HNL-ANC-LGW & LAS-DEN-LGW in (not exactly sure of the dates) about 1980-1981.
36 Viscount630 : BEA also named some of their all first-class services at the time. A daily LHR-LBG "Silver Wing", and some services to Edinburgh ("The Clansman") and
37 LH526 : LH crews refer to South-american legs to as the "Samba route", wether or not it goies to Brasil
38 Post contains links and images FlySSC : Click on the pic below : [Edited 2009-04-25 02:31:54]
39 Mortyman : SAS: The polar route
40 TN486 : Some good old Aussie names Circa 1968: AN (Ansett).MEL-BNE "Golden Rocket", MEL-ADL "Golden Arrow", BNE-DRW "Golden Boomerang", BNE-CNS "Golden Mercur
41 TN486 : Also the "Wallaby Route" Australia to South Africa, The "Far East Route" Australia to Hong Kong and Japan, and "The Pacific Islands Route" Australia
42 TN486 : Off topic, QF awarded certificates entitled "The Secret Order of the Double Sunrise" to those who flew the perilous, historic journey from Perth to Ce
43 0NEWAIR0 : I love the slogan at the bottom... "...takes you nearly everywhere."
44 Pawsleykat : I love it! I was just watching the Air Crash Investigation on the China Airlines 747-200 that crashed on route TPE-HKG. They mentioned that it was/is
45 YYZYYT : Flew YOW-YYZ on the 17th, the gate agent announced that Air Canada's "Rapidair flight" was ready for boarding... haven't heard that for quite a while
46 Caribillo : In the old good days, IB called the AGP-LPA, with the DC8, as "Caribillo" (little Caribe) Nowadays, the red-eye MAD-VLC is called "violencia" (violenc
47 OkAY : Not very flattering for us Finns but hey hou lol An ex colleague of mine said that when she used to work for Air Europa, they used to call the HEL fli
48 Tango-Bravo : Pan Am - "The Rainbow" Tourist Class NYC-LON (via Gander tech stop) DC-6B Panagra - "El Inter Americano" First Class flights PTY-west coast South Amer
49 Post contains images CitationJet : Braniff Airlines named their flights in 1940, 70 years ago. From the June 1, 1940 schedule.
50 Burnsie28 : NW's orient express.
51 SJC30L : Interesting how much the Braniff schedule looks like an old Railroad Schedule....especially with all the stops
52 RAFVC10 : What about the Barcelona - Madrid - Barcelona flights operated by Iberia? This route is called "Puente Aereo"... Many aircrafts had flown this route a
53 Post contains images CitationJet : Airlines were naming flghts 70 years ago....... Braniff schedule from June 1, 1940 added back. American Airlines from March 1, 1939 timetable: TWA fro
54 Viscount724 : Shouldn't overlook UA's all-first class Chicago-New York flights from the 1950s until the early '70s or so that were restricted to men only and if mem
55 UltimateDelta : I don't remember if this is true or not, but I'm pretty sure Midwest Express's MKE-OMA flight in the 1990s was the 'Chocolate Chip Express' since it c
56 Pilotboi : VS16 - The Recline-Air (MCO-LGW later flight) VS28 - The Sky Den (MCO-LGW earlier flight) Not only does VS have names for some flights, but they have
57 Lufthansa411 : TG's now discontinued flights to JFK and back were known as "The New York Express" and "The Bangkok Express" respectively. Everything hand-out wise do
58 Floorrunner : Eastern Airlines also had the Moonlight Special.
59 Point8six : BOAC/BA's morning flight JFK-LHR (VC10/B707) was known as "The Daylight Monarch" and owing to it's sometimes short flight-time ( for a full-service fl
60 Mockney : Further to a previous post, Air Canada still refer to their 9am YYZ-LHR flight as 'The Daytripper' in advertising, when they're showcasing that route.
61 Mcmax : And, all of Western's flights to Hawaii (LAX, SFO, SAN, ANC) were branded as "the Islander." FAs dressed in muumuus, and tropical punches/drinks serv
62 Viscount724 : I think it was actually Wardair that originated that name (or similar) when they obtained scheduled traffic rights Canada-U.K. and they had a daytime
63 HA_DC9 : HA marketed their flight HA 17/18 (LAS-HNL) as the "Midnight Madness". HA17 leaves LAS around 2:30AM and gets into HNL around 5:30 same day. HA18 leav
64 CanadianNorth : If it counts Air North's scheduled HS748 runs to Dawson, Fairbanks, Old Crow and Inuvik are almost always referred to as "The north sched" instead of
65 Isitsafenow : NW Flight 3 and 6 in the late 60's..IAD-CLE-ORD-ANC-Tokyo-Seoul was called the "Polar Imperial Flight". In the 60's, the term for any New York- Miami
66 HNL-Jack : When the Caravelle was introduced, the flights were simply called the Executive in both directions. UA also had B-721 "Sunbirds" on the old Capital r
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