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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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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