aussie_
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Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 6:52 pm

I am the butt of many jokes from my friends regarding some of the itineraries I concoct (bending fare rules) to enable me to fly as much as possible.

Most of the time, I have a reason for the trip - it's just I make the getting-there bit longer and more exotic.

For example my next trip home to my family in Adelaide will be as following:
Canberra-Sydney QFLink (Southern) 146-200
Sydney-Melbourne QF 762
Melbourne-Portland Kendell Metro
Portland-Mount Gambier KD SWM
Mount Gambier-Adelaide KD SWM
Adelaide-Melbourne QF 738
Melbourne-Sydney QF 762
Sydney-Canberra QF Link (Southern) 146-200

This can be done for the same price (a few $$ more taxes) as a direct nonstop return.

Another example was:
Canberra-Sydney QFLink (Eastern) Dash8-300
Sydney-Brisbane QF 747SP
Brisbane-Adelaide Virgin Blue 737-700
Adelaide-Melbourne DJ 73G
Melbourne-Canberra QFLink (Airlink) 146-100

But I also do the odd trip simply for the true joy of flight, taking advantage of cheap or special fares or using FF points.

My latest booking is the most ambitious one yet (all in two days of constant flying but for 6hrs overnight in Wellington):
Canberra-Melbourne QF 733
Melbourne-Wellington PH (Polynesian) 738 for QF
Wellington-Sydney FJ (Air Pacific) 73G for QF
Sydney-Newcastle B1900D QFlink (Impulse)
Newcastle-Port Macquarie as above
Port Macquarie-Coffs Harbour as above
Coffs Harbour-Brisbane as above
Brisbane-Canberra QFLink (Southern) 146-200

What are some "joyflights" some of you have done, simply and purely for the joy of flying... I'm not non-rev, but I'm sure there are some non-rev classics out there...
 
swissgabe
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 7:15 pm

Trip including CO Micronesia Island Hopper:
Zurich - Kuala Lumpur MH 772
Kuala Lumpur - Los Angeles (stop TPE) with MH 744
Los Angeles - Honolulu with CO 764
Honolulu - Majuro Continental Micronesia 738
Majuro - Kwajalein Continental Micronesia 738
Kwajalein - Kosrae Continental Micronesia 738
Kosrae - Ponphei Continental Micronesia 738
Ponphei - Chuuk Continental Micronesia 738
Chuuk - Guam Continental Micronesia 738
Guam - Yap Continental Micronesia 738
Yap - Koror Continental Micronesia 738
Koror - Manila Continental Micronesia 738
Manila - Kota Kinabalu - MH 734
Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - MH F50
Sandakan - Kudat - MH Twin Otter
Kudat - Kota Kinabalu - MH Twin Otter
Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur - MH 734
Kuala Lumpur - Zurich - MH 744


Another:
ZRH-KUL MH 772
KUL-SIN SQ 313
SIN-KUL JL M11
KUL-ICN MH 330
GMP-PUS KE AB6
PUS-GMP OZ 737
ICN-HKG KE 773
HKG-TPE CI 742
TPE-KUL MH 744
KUL-ZRH MH 772


ZRH-BRU SR 320
BRU-WAW SN 319
WAW-FCO LO 734
FCO-LIS TP 319
LIS-MUC TP 319
MUC-ZRH LX AR1


See my complet logbook at: http://www.747.ch
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 7:25 pm

Cuba (2001)

San Francisco-Mexico City on Mexicana A320
Mexico City-Cancun on Mexicana 727-200
Cancun-Havana IL-62


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Hawaii (2000)
San Francisco-Honolulu on United 747-200
Honolulu-Hilo on Aloha 737-200
Honolulu-Molokai on Island Air Dash 8-100


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bigphilnyc
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 7:43 pm

While sitting on a grassy hill behind Runway 4 at LGA watching 757's come in 25 feet over my head, I remembered and ad I saw in the paper two days ago.

Go to Florida for $54.

Heh.

Life is too busy for me right now to take vacations. Although not all that "exotic", I am seriously considering taking a $54 flight one morning to Florida to enjoy one day and come back in the evening if possible.

Tehn the plane crashes and my parents talk about me after I die, "He was just bored." lol
Phil Derner Jr.
 
aussie_
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 8:16 pm

Great logbook Swissgabe... I have one too, in Excell (see my email). I am a little ahead in miles and number of flights but you trump me on variety...

I must put mine online... It's a great source of pride!!!

Anyone else keep a logbook?
 
swissgabe
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 8:31 pm

Aussie_
thanks a lot  Smile/happy/getting dizzy - yours isn't bad too, especially its more detailed than mine. I don't mind if you copy mine, just put a small note somewhere at the bottom of each page with a link, would be great. I will put a link to your page also.
I just found a few other people having their own logbook available in the web.

You flew quite a lot between Australia and Germany, gives a lot of mileage...
Should be F/A and would be ahead after 3 month or something like this  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

First I had a very simple logbook, later (after 100 flights) I decided to make other pages for routings, airlines, aircrafts etc. Just because it gives a better overlook. Yeah, it's a a great source of pride and I like the map provided by Karl is great too. Hope to be able to put another statistic soon, would like to do % of total mileage for each airline and I have plenty of other ideas...
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broke
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 10:00 pm

Montreal (Dorval) - Val D'Or - Great Whale (Southeast Hudson's Bay) - Val D'Or - Montreal on a Nordair (boy, another one that dates me, groan, LOL!!) L-188 combi!! Nordair was wondering why the blades in the engine compressors on this L-188 only (the others were ice patrol airplanes) were being abraded.
The reason, the runway at Great Whale is gravel and while reversing the props, the engines are sucking in a lot of fine grit. It is typical of many of the runways this airplane flew into.
 
MEA-707
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 11:12 pm

Hi, we contacted and shared logbooks already Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Actually I am making flights only for fun and adding strange airlines to my logbook on this very moment. I am on holiday to Argentina and the Peso crisis made flying quite cheap. I visited Salta and Tucumán and I´m now in Rosario (one way from Buenos Aires for this short flight is only about $14, but even the 2 hours to Salta was $32 o/w). I stay in the appartment of the father of another airline enthousiast, so luckily he didn´t look as I am nuts when I told ¨him " tomorrow morning I´ll fly to Rosario... And I will be back in the evening"
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
 
swissgabe
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Fri Jun 14, 2002 11:27 pm

Aussie_
Thanks for the other email, seems as your friend doesn't like flying with Russian planes, except the Tu204 in Egypt  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I was planing a trip to Australia with Ansett G'Day pass, very sad that I won't be able to fly with them anymore. Would be great if your friend could contact me or if you know, whats the cheapes fare for a PER-LEA one-way?

Cheers
Gabriel

BTW: One of my next things I would like to do is the SCL-IPC-PPT (with stop at IPC) and the KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE with stop at CPT!
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aussie_
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sat Jun 15, 2002 8:00 am

I did the PPT-IPC-SCL. It was an amazing journey and my 24 hours in Easter Island was one of the most memorable. However you'd better go quickly as LA are considering dropping PPT from their schedule, especially now as a connection to Australia has been established with the new SCL-AKL-SYD service.

As for the MH KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE - I agree it would be great. But don't you work for MH???? You could do the route non-rev...
 
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sat Jun 15, 2002 8:11 am

On March 16th I did PHL-PIT-PHL because of the equipment...two new types of planes for me and one new airline. To PIT I took USAirways and the A330-300 which was making a rare domestic flight, and I used an upgrade certificate to get into Envoy (Business) Class. On the return I took AirTran and the 717-200, and that flight left about 2 hours after my USAirways flight arrived. Total cost: $84

I am planning a trip to SXM and also a trip to Europe with my untouched cache of USAirways miles just for the heck of it...no details yet...

Greg
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jsmith
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sat Jun 15, 2002 8:21 am

July 1998 with Royal Brunei (BI) who, at the time offered a relatively streamlined service from Brisbane (BNE) to Heathrow, via Brunei (BWN). Most 'sane' BNE pax opted for the BNE-BWN-DXB-LHR service, but I managed to co-ordinate with the travel agent to allow me to fly the 'long way' there!

My routing (all BI) was Brisbane-Darwin-Brunei-Singapore-Dubai-London, all B767-300ER. These days it is difficult to get so many stops on Aus-Europe flights so I remember this flight fondly! Admittedly I was almost dead from tiredness by the time I arrived at LHR, but it was worth it!

In 2000, I returned to London for a brief visit and instead of doing the usual one stop, I flew TG from MEL-BKK-FRA and then LH to LHR. On the way back, I opted for LHR-FRA (10 hours transit time at FRA!) on LH - then FRA-HKG (LH) and then AN from HKG-SYD-MEL.

Cheers
 
aussie_
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:39 am

Has anyone worked out the most possible stops on Australia-Europe on a "normal" fare? What airline? What route?
 
Air Taiwan
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sat Jun 15, 2002 11:52 am

Wow~~ mine doesn't even compare to most of what you guy'sve done!

My flights are mostly between Australia and Taiwan (where my parents are) and I just have to find as many ways to do it as possible... here's what I've done:

BNE-KUL-PEN-KUL-BKI-KHH (surface) TPE-KUL-SYD (last year) Malaysian 772/744/734

BNE-MEL-BKK-KHH-BKK-BNE Thai 773/333

nothing too exciting really... I'm looking at Vietnam Airlines or Cathay at the moment...

However when Ansett MkII was flying I bought the ticket on their first BNE-SYD flight JUST to support them...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Hmmm most stops from Oz to Europe hey?!~~

Royal Brunei BNE-DRW-BWN-DXB-LHR I think is what most "normal" people would do..

Or perhaps SYD-HNL-YVR-YYZ-LHR?

Jimmy
 
swissgabe
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Sun Jun 16, 2002 4:49 pm

Aussie_
I used to work for MH but no more. Well, you only get one non-rev tkt but since I still work for another airline I can travel at least ID90 or similar, isn't that bad too.

Most stops betweeen Australia and Europe? I think you could buy a IATA full fare tkt and combine it with most IATA Airlines on the way to Europe as long as you can calculate it into the mileage. Would say you could get easy up to 35 stops, but most of them should be directly on-route because of the mileage.

Really, does LA have a bad load on the IPC-PPT run? So I have to hurry  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Exotic Trips Done Simply For The Love Of Flying

Mon Jun 17, 2002 2:03 am

Well it's good to know there are more people like this out there!!! But my itineraries are not so clever...the last one I took was to Adelaide from Townsville:

Friday, 13th November 1998
TSV-BNE AN123 0600 0740 B733
BNE-SYD AN127 0955 1225 A320
SYD-MEL AN027 1300 1420 A320
MEL-ADL AN195 1555 1640 A320

Sunday, 15th November 1998
ADL-MEL AN070 1005 1145 A320
MEL-SYD AN030 1300 1420 A320
SYD-BNE AN134 1705 1730 B762
BNE-TSV AN074 1830 2015 B733

Got my window seat on all of them, too...

SixStarAnsett  Laugh out loud