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User currently offlineLeo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

Several airlines operate unique long-haul routes, that result from the special relationship between different countries or regions. Capacity is way above what would 'normally' be expected.

Examples:

Air France:
CDG-Faaa 3x weekly with B747-400
CDG-St. Martin daily with A340
CDG-Reunion with B747-300

KLM:
AMS-Paramaribo 5x weekly with B747-300
AMS-Aruba daily with MD11 & B747-300
AMS-Bonaire daily with MD11
AMS-Curacao 5x weekly with B747-300
AMS-St. Maarten 1x weekly with B747-300

SNBA:
BRU-Kinshasa 5x weekly with A330

CO:
USA-Guam daily B767

Any other famous examples of unique long-haul routes ??








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User currently offlineARN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

There are many postcolonial flights between Europe and the rest of the world. Almost all of TAP Air Portugal flights to Africa (Beira, Maputo, Sao Tomé etc.) could be considered as examples of that. I don´t say that TP:s flights to Brazil are solely postcolonial. There are of course geographic reasons for that as well.

User currently offlineKL713 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

post CDG-Cayenne(3 of 4 weekly) and ORY-Cayenne(daily) also on the AF list

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Iberia and Spanair are flying from Madrid to Malabo/Equatorial Guinea. It is an ex colony and the only African country where Spanish is the official language.

IB is flying with a B 752 and JK with an A 320.

Patrick


User currently offlineSR3496 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

@Sabena332
Sorry, but IB and JK are not the only airlines serving SSG out of Europe! Swissair and now Swiss flies to this destination twice a week with the MD-11. So this route isn't unique for the Spanish carriers.

@ARN
Does TAP still fly to Beira with its own aircraft!?

cu in Timbouctou


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Sorry, but IB and JK are not the only airlines serving SSG out of Europe! Swissair and now Swiss flies to this destination twice a week with the MD-11. So this route isn't unique for the Spanish carriers.

Oh, I did not know that LX is serving SSG too. Thanks for the information.

Patrick


User currently offlineMas777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3410 times:

Malaysia Airlines flies two very unique long-haul routes:

Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Buenos Aires
Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-New York



User currently offlineDelta15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3391 times:

I have always considered AAs rdu-lgw flight a little bit odd...

User currently offlineDanialanwar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3376 times:

Some time ago there was a discussion thread on LAN Chile Introducing Santiago - Madrid - Beirut (I think) - Denpasar - Sydney. That one would qualify here!

User currently offlineLundqvist From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3359 times:

Hello,

I am not sure about the load but Toronto has long haul flight to Kiev (Air Ukraine) and Helsinki (Finnair, only seasonal though). I think these are quite unqiue. But these services are probably serving the ethnic communities in the region (not colonial relations).
Maybe Icelandair should try a route to Gander!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offline9V-SPK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3352 times:

SQ Hong Kong - Las Vegas?

To be honest, who would have ever thought of SQ flying to Las Vegas at first?

Best Regards


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3346 times:

Maybe Icelandair should try a route to Gander!

You laugh, but Icelandair used to operate KEF-BGR for a number of years. Not sure if its still around.


User currently offlineNZ767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 3307 times:

I wasn't laughing!!  Insane

User currently offlineEnglandair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 3304 times:

B747-437B,
Icelandair no longer serves BGR  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Leo,
I beleive Hewa Bora Airways of the Democratic Republic of Congo also serves the BRU-FIH route with their Tristars.

Cheers!


User currently offlineTransSwede From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 3260 times:

Well, there's always SAS route to Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland. (althought it's being discontinued)


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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 3251 times:

Condor 763 FRA-Whitehorse

User currently offlineVH-ANA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

ET-Eithopian Airlines
Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Hong Kong B767


User currently offlineRyu2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

EVA Air used to operate TPE-LAX-Panama. Panama is one of the few countries that recognize Taiwan, so there's lots of government traffic between the two countries, even though they are small relatively speaking.

User currently offlineYyz717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

The Ukraine and Finnair flights to YYZ are to support the Ukrainian & Finnish communities.

The Condor flight to Whitehorse is due to a strong tourism push by Yukon in Germany.

LAS is being marketed strongly to Asians. JA and NW already operate transpac flights from LAS.

The AA LGW-RDU route is a remnant of the now-defunct AA RDU hub. AA still holds the authority.

The Malaysian BA-Capetown exploits a market oppy that Aerolineas Arg & SAA have abandoned.





User currently offlineLeo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 22 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

To me a route like KUL-DXB-JFK on MAS does not qualify as many airlines fly to all three cities, and many airlines can offer connections between these cities.

The same could be said for SIA's HKG-LAS as many carriers will be able to offer pax at least a connecting service into both cities.

....

A route qualifies for the title 'unique' if no other airline flies scheduled long-haul service into a certain 'funny' destination, such as;

# Faaa
# Paramaribo
# Cayenne
# Sondre Stromfjord

etc....



User currently offlineLundqvist From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 21 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Icelandair / AC really should try maybe introducing a route to Gander or St.John's from Reykjavik. Lief is the first European to step foot on the Americas (in Newfoundland Canada) and try colonizing the place (although short-lived). That's something quite remarkable, especially for the Norse and Canadians.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 18 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

While not "odd," one unique international route is (or was) United's Round the World LAX-HKG-DEL-LHR-IAD-LAX flight UA001/002.

User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 17 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

TAP don't fly to Beira anymore. They code-share with LAM.

User currently offlineAirFranceJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 16 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Seeing that all the routes listed seem to be very colonial in nature, there is in fact nothing unique about them. If one were to look at the route structure of the carriers of the European countries that held colonies, they would see a clear pattern.



User currently offlineVirginFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 15 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

Leo - Papeete, Tahiti (Faaa) isn't really that odd. With respect to flights to/from Paris, in addition to Air France, there is at the moment Corsair fly the route once a week (soon they will be stopping) with a 747-300 usually, Air Tahiti Nui fly it twice a week I believe with an A340-300, soon to increase to four times. Air Lib used to fly it 3 times weekly with an A340, I am not certain if they still do.

In addition the routes is well served to Auckland and Los Angeles by Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui, and the latter also serves Tokyo and Osaka. Other international airlines present at PPT are Polynesian Airlines, Aircalin, Lan Chile and Hawaiian Airlines, while United and Qantas codeshare on Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui respectively.

V/F


25 Mas777 : Leo - I mentioned MAS' KUL-DXB-EWR as unique because Malaysia Airlines is the only carrier to serve Dubai-New York nonstop. Something perhaps we would
26 Leo : MAS777: But you can get from KUL to NYC (even EWR) with many carriers, both over Europe and the Pacific. Who do you want to fly if you want to go from
27 Copenhagenboy : Many years ago SAS flew CPH-FRA-Trinidad/Tobago. Although it was only in the winter I always thought it was quite strange. I fact they did it quit man
28 Zrs70 : Does Finnair still have their BGR-HEL route?
29 Bigo747 : EVA Air used to operate TPE-LAX-Panama. Panama is one of the few countries that recognize Taiwan, so there's lots of government traffic between the tw
30 Rafabozzolla : Varig´s 3xweek service GRU-LAX-NGO is quite strange. It was probably to complement 4xweek GRU-LAX-NRT, and make the Japan route daily, but I never qu
31 MAH4546 : Varig has a handful of flights out of secondary Brazilian cities: Belem to Miami Fortazela to Milan Manaus to Miami Recife to Lisbon Salvador to Frank
32 CPH-R : One thing ht athave always struck me as an odd flight, was Varig's LHR-CPH. I mean, is there really a market on that route (not counting people gettin
33 Airplanetire : I think SAA's CPT-JNB-Cape Verde-ATL-CPT-JNB run is pretty strange. For one, it is the longest non-stop flight DISTANCE wise (not time wise). The US a
34 Post contains links and images AJ : In the late 1980s I took QF5 from Sydney to Amsterdam, simple enough. The routing was Sydney-Melbourne-Singapore-Bangkok-Bombay(Mumbai)-Athens-Frankfu
35 Spark : About MAS flight between Cape Town and EZE, do any South American airlines or African airlines connect the two the continents. If they are the only ai
36 Sq_ek_freak : There was some talk of a Kathmandu - Lhasa - Port Moresby - Melbourne flight operated by Royal Nepal Airlines...the plan was to lease a B777-200...can
37 Post contains links and images Englandair : Hi Spark, I beleive that TAAG Angola Airlines flys between Luanda (Angola) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) so the MAS flights aren't the only ones linking
38 TransSwede : One thing ht athave always struck me as an odd flight, was Varig's LHR-CPH. I mean, is there really a market on that route (not counting people gettin
39 Us330 : Air Canada's flights from Halifax via St. John's to LHR and Ottawa to LHR, both because of the British Commonwealth connection, as AC doesn't operate
40 Madhatter : BA has a few unique routes to former British colonies in Africa. LHR to Lilongwe in Malawi being the most unique but also Lusaka and Harare are unique
41 Englandair : Air Zimbabwe still flys between London Gatwick and Harare though, so BA isn't the only airline on the route.
42 Argento : South african airways also fly 3xweek JNB GRU.It is a codeshare flight with Varig.Linking africa and south america. From Buenos Aires almost all fligh
43 Lan_Fanatic : LanChile: SCL-IPC-PPT (Santiago-Isla de Pascua-Papeete) SCL-AKL-SYD SCL-LIM-LAX SCL-LIM-JFK mis dos pesitos Lan_Fanatic Chile
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