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Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 6:28 am

I know this topic has probably been discussed but fot the sake of keeping current...what is the shortest scheduled flight using using a 747? It can either be in terms of distance or flying time...I was thinking Iberia's SJU-SDQ service (237 miles)
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 6:46 am

Hey that was the one I was going to point out-lol. The flight is 30 minutes so that is a very short 747 flight.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:33 am

I'd imagine some routes in Japan using the 747 Domestic version are pretty short...NRT-KIX or HND-KIX comes to mind...

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:53 am

Well United is flying their 747-400 on Saturdays for the LAX-SFO route. It flies as United #864.

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:56 am

Also I forgot to add, Philippine Airlines regularly flies their 747's on the MNL-CEB route and back. Total miles: 347.

Although short routes like this are very common with Asian airlines.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:57 am

I have already checked JAL routes and none is below 300 miles... Shortest one using 747 is HND-KIX.

You have SEL-CJU on KE flying 744 on 294 miles
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 10:54 am

well i know of KLM used to fly from Bonaire to Curacao with a 747 the distance between the two is less then 60 miles i think flying time from takeoff to landing is like 20 minutes
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:05 am

I know its not the shortest, but I've flown 747s from Hong Kong to Taipei numerous times.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:19 am

The Shortest route I bet is the NASA B747 which carries the Space Shuttle from the landing strip to the place where the put the shuttle together. I believe the distance is just under 10 miles.  Wink/being sarcastic

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P.S - I know your talking about scheduled flights, but I thought I'd throw that one in.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:28 am

Cmchardyfl,

The Shuttle Landing Facility is the closest runway to the Vehicle Assembly Building, so I don't see why the 747 would fly it anywhere. I thought they just towed it over to the VAB.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:39 am

Here is one I know of,
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:43 am

Just checked online KLM still flying the route between Bonaire and Curacao with a 747-300 on Sunday but its just a repositioning flight no pax on at Bonaire to Curacao.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:58 am

All that I know is that I read in a 747 book, by a picture of the NASA 747 taking off that the caption read the 747 was making the short 10 mile trip within Cape Canaveral. Also, on my VFR Terminal Area Chart for the Orlando/Tampa area you can see 2 runways at Cape Canaveral, 10 miles apart. The NASA Shuttle Landing Strip (15,000FT) to the North, and thhe Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip (10,000FT) 10 miles to the south.

Thats all I know

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 12:12 pm

I rode a NW 747 from PDX to SEA once. I know it was daily service but I don't know how far it is exactly. All I know is that it was gear up, gear down in very short order.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 5:50 pm

CDG-BRU on SIA is 157 miles (although I dont believe they have rights to carry passengers between the two points)?

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:16 pm

Funny no one mentioned Singapore - Kuala Lumpur (350km). MAS and SQ deploy their 747-400s on this route during the busy Chinese New Year.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:25 pm

Wasn't there a B747 service between London-Heathrow and Manchester?
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 8:00 pm

Cathay fly their 747's between Adelaide and Melbourne.

It takes about 50 minutes on a 737.

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 9:47 pm

British Airways' charter arm "British Airtours" used to fly LGW/MAN and MAN/LGW to/from MCO. However, this was a mid-1980s thing, B747-200.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 10:08 pm


Aer Lingus were flying the 747-100's on DUB-SNN/SNN-DUB tag ons for JFK, BOS and ORD up to 1994, the flying time was around 23/5 mins.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Sun Sep 29, 2002 11:23 pm

BA used to do LHR-MAN-ISB with a 747. I don't remember when that stopped. BA also used to LAX-SAN with a 747.....


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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 1:14 am

I remember My dad once flew a 747-300 sometime in the eighties from Riyadh to Dhadran in Saudi (I think it's a 30-35 min. flight). That flight had mechanical problems and turned back to Riyadh for repairs even though they were three-quarters of the way to Dhahran. I don't know why they did that but I thought it was strange.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 1:30 am

The shortest would have to be Abu Dhabi - Dubai on Air India. They regularly use B747-400 on the BOM-AUH-DXB sector. The flying time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai including landing and take off is about 15-20 minutes. The distance is 100 kms. (60 miles)
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 1:35 am

Thai used to fly 747-400 from Bkk to CNX.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 1:41 am

I used to operate the B747 from Kinshasa to Brazzaville on regular Sabena flights back in 1990 I think... Distance is less than 15 Nm between the 2 airports. We used to leave the gear down and not retract flaps.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 1:42 am

Aer Lingus used to do Dublin to Shannon daily as flight EI105 - I did it only once unfortunately - seem to remember it took about 25 minutes. It was one of the best 747 flights I've ever taken!
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 2:22 am

regarding the NASA 747SCA (N905NA)...there was a ferry flight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the Shuttle Landing Facility when Columbia was returned from her modification down period in California. They could not bring her home directly because the other SCA (N911NA) returned Atlantis to the KSC from her landing after STS-98

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PS: regarding 747s....Asian carriers used them a lot on short haul rotes in Europe...there was an PR 742 flying FRA-LGW and SQ used a 744 from AMS to MAN ....if i am not mistaken there used to be a CX flight from FRA to MAN as well, but i am not too sure about that
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 2:51 am

SQ006 they didn't even get airborne!  Crying
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:44 am

Up to 1997 EI used to fly their 747's to the US via SNN from DUB. Flight time was 25 mins and total mileage was 122 miles.

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Tue Oct 01, 2002 1:02 am

SAS-A321: something that isn't airborne can hardly be called "flying".

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Tue Oct 01, 2002 1:07 am

UPS flies a 747 between HNL and KOA, 47 minutes scheduled block time.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Tue Oct 01, 2002 9:09 pm

CX used to fly HKG-AMS-MAN-AMS-HKG with a 744, up till 2001 when they cut the AMS-MAN route and switched to a 343 for HKG-AMS v.v.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Tue Oct 01, 2002 9:13 pm

There used to be a AMS-ZRH-SIN route in 1997 on SQ as well.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Tue Oct 01, 2002 9:19 pm

Salina chan and SAS321, and all the others

It all depends if you consider Block time or flight time !!!!

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 9:45 am

In the 1970's Pan Am flew BRU-AMS-JFK. BRU-AMS was 97m, or 156km.
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 1:33 pm

Sometimes on Saturdays, United's B744 ferry flight (non-schedule passenger) for maintenance base in Oakland. United flew from SFO to OAK in a few minutes flight hop. I have seen flight tracker sometimes on saturdays. Also, UA did flew 777, too.

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 3:43 pm

Here are some:

I have flown on a NW B747 between SEA & PDX (many years ago!)

QF/CX/UA/TG all fly their B747's between SYD & MEL a distance of 700 odd kms
As already stated CX fly their B744's between Adelaide & MEL, also around 700 odd kms.

By the way, United aparently have just set a world speed record for their flight UA862 MEL to SYD a month or two ago with a B747-400. I am not sure of the exact speed but it was the fastest ever recorded by Air services Australia! Well done UA!

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 7:49 pm

CX used to use a 747 for KUL-PEN vv, 197NM but now use either the A330/340 or 777.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 10:04 pm

Brussels to Manchester - Singapore Airlines (334 miles)
Zurich to Madrid - Singapore Airlines (770 miles)
Zurich to Manchester - Singapore Airlines (627 miles)


 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Wed Oct 02, 2002 11:55 pm

Last Friday, or Thursday, I forget, I actually watched the full flight of a 747-200 from DIA to Buckley Air Base (Just a few miles apart). It took about five minutes! Never even put the gear up!

Of course, it was Air Force One.

Just thought you'd find that interesting,
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight Using A 747

Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:17 am

Swissair:
They used to fly ZRH-GVA (and then to JFK) with the 747-357
143mi(!)

South African Airways:
Just flew on a scheduled flight (no 5th freedom) ZRH-CDG vv with 747-300
296mi

Japan Airlines/ANA:
ITM-HND
267mi

Malaysia Airlines:
They used to fly (KUL-)ZRH-FCO with 744
428mi
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