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The Most Scenic Flight (long Haul Only)  
User currently offlineEugdog From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 518 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2296 times:

Some suggestions

London- Bankok/Kuala Lumpar - over the Himlayas from Pakistan to India
London-Vancouver - over Greenland, Iceland, Baffin Island, and the Rockies
Chicago-Beijing - North pole and Siberia
Tokyo-Europe - Nothern Siberia

Has anyone experienced these flights? Any other suggestions


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2281 times:

I have done LHR-BKK. The spectacular bit was going over Eastern Turkey with the arid mountainous scenery - awesome. India was just brown and dull.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2265 times:

Often on the IAH (Houston) > NRT(Tokyo), the scenery is excellent. You get the nice views out over most of the UTAH scenery and grand canyon type things and then you get all the snow peaks etc when you fly over Alaska. Beautiful scenery

Jeremy


User currently offlineBkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2244 times:

Transatlantic, westbound ( any route), When you fly over Greenland on a clear day. The scene is of indescribable beauty.

Interestingly, all the window shades are down and the pilot will rarely disturb the passengers to see this ( for many) once in a lifetime view.


User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2235 times:

Day flight to South Africa it is beatiful to fly over the desert.(sahara).
Regards
Patrice


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2239 times:

Any Australian flights because they fly over some vast desert terrain. The reddish outback looks fantastic from above.

I was on a MAS 744 en route from SYD-KUL when the captain made a left bank and told pax on the left side of the plane to look down... and there it was - Ayers Rocks! It looked so small from up there... like a small stone.



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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

Eugdog,
If you consider Chicago-Beijing to be scenic then you can also throw in Chicago-Hong Kong as well. It's essentially the same route.




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!
User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

BKK-ZRH I flew once around 7000m/21000 ft with a Swissair M11 and there was a great view over canyons and everything... It was around 1998 I think.

KIX-ZRH also on a Swissair M11. The flight left around noon and it looked like the plane was hunting the sun, it is always in front of you and there was a nice view over Siberia.

Flew HNL-MAJ-KWJ-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM two weeks ago and wasn't that bad too. 5 different Islands in less than 14h  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Flights from Europe to ATL, MIA, PHL, IAD etc. used to fly over BOS and NYC and I have seen Manhattan several times, during night and day.

ZRH-KUL on MAS 772 I have seen several cities like KHI, THR etc. in the night with a clear star sky. Wonderful, was even seating with my gf in the cockpit  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Sorry, one short-haul I have. Flew yesterday ZRH-GVA-ZRH and on both ways I saw the Swiss National Exhibition (EXPO 02) from around 4500m (13'500ft). I like the ZRH-GVA flight, it is short, below 30min, but if you see all cities as Zurich, Baden, Bern, Fribourg, Lausanne, Geneva and the Alps in the background. Thats one of the few moments I don't feel this strong need to travel around in far countries, mostly in Asia...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

cheers, have fun, I do



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Actually, Beijing-Chicago in the summer......constant sunset the entire flight until you reach Canada. Beautiful when you hit the mountains in NE China.

UAL747


User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

I liked ORD-HKG last November. I saw a lot of glaciers and ice fields in Siberia along with huge rivers that freeze solid in the winter. It is pretty surreal. Approach into HKG with all of the little islands is cool.

User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

For me it has to be Rekyjavik-Kulusk (in Greenland). Of course in the summer months, i did this trip last summer. I dont think i have taken so many photos in the space of 8 hours ever!!(a day trip there)



User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

I also agree, ORD-HKG is a very nice flight. Lots of stuff to look at down there. However, on the way back isn't that exciting as most of the flight is in darkness, even though it leaves HKG in the afternoon.


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!
User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

You're right, the HKG-ORD was a dull for the most part. Actually, about an hour or out of HKG, we went over Taiwan and could see the mist lifting off the mountains. That was beautiful. Also saw a CI A300 pass right below us. We cut over Kyushu and then over the Pacific and like you say, it got dark. We crossed back into the USA near Seattle- didn't see the sun until we hit Iowa. I think UA895 routing changes quite a bit. My dad flew it a week before I did and they flew a very different route than the Siberia-Mongolia-China that I experienced.

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

Back in 1998 I did BRU-LAX and OAK - BRU. Both flights offered great scenery:

- Greenland
- Canada
- Bay Area

etc etc...

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Europe-California flights are always something special, containing spectacular views of Greenland, Northern Canada and finally the West Coast.
I remember one of my FRA-SFO flights was hitting the West Coast right over Vancouver and followed the shore the whole way down to California and ended up in the typical wonderful SFO approach.
I also remember flying FRA-TFS and having great views of Paris at night(including the enlighted Eiffel-Tower) and Madrid.


User currently offlinePll-lot From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

I had a great flight from AMS to MSP (KL665) one summer, over Greenland. The captain banked left and right for both sides of the airplane to see the spectacular glaciar below. There was a beautiful glacial lake that was beyond words.

Another great scenic long-haul is ORD-GRU (UA). This flight arrives around 10 in the morning, and in the Southern Hemisphere summer, you get 3 hours of morning light over Central and Southeastern Brazil. The hills around GRU remind one of Tuscany. I would love to try the daylight flights on JJ from GRU to MIA to fly over Jamaica and Cuba, Venezuela, all the places you only see on the map at night.

Cheers.


User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

ORD-HNL you get to see a very nice part of our country followed by the great desent into Hawaii.
AMS-KIL (Kilamanjaro, Tanzania) You see Italy, the Sarhara desert and a lot of other great parts of Africa. If its in the day time you see Mt. Kilamanjaro but it usualy isn't.

DC-10's Forever



"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Would say the AA DFW-EZE flight be scenic? I'd assume south america is pretty.

UAL747


User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

London/Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur:
Overflew Phuket, which was really cool. If I am not mistaken, we were at a lower altitude compared to normal cruise altitude. The waters look so blue and the beach jsut look fantastic! If I am not mistaken, I flew past some really brown desert somewhere in the Middle East/Near East. Nothing interesting there, but it's really cool to see a city like Chennai lit up!


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Aboot 4 months ago did a RTW trip and my third leg was from HKG-FRA on an LH 744. We went by way of Tibet-ULN-Southern Siberia- Moscow-and then Eastern Europe on the approach into FRA. Had a middle seat so could not see out the window but according to the inflight map we had a long 12 hour journey.


I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Sorry if this kind of violates the post, but an amazing flight is one from JFK-SEA-FAI.

First, the rockies, then the cascades, then Puget Sound, then Alaska.

Alaska, for anyone who's ever flown over it, is just amazing. No roads, no buildings, no lights, just mountains, mountains, and more mountains.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Any flight over the Rockies. Flights that make a scheduled stop in Anchorage. Delhi - Leh (you feel like you can reach out and touch the himalayas).

User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

I mostly enjoy:

ORD - HKG

ORD - NRT & KIX

ORD - AMS, CDG, FRA & MXP

ZHR - NRT



User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

My most recent scenic flight was on a LH A340-313X from FRA-ORD. We passed over BEAUTIFUL Iceland! It was interesting, big, brown hills, the hot springs, and if you've noticed, you'll see a tiny farm every few minutes! Then we flew over Greenland! We could see icebergs all over the place, and then it was just land with snow and ice!

Continental


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