I beleive that flights between MIA
are operated per a charter basis with approval from the US Treasury Department. I know that there's also a twice weekly LAX
charter operated by Grupo TACA. While these flights are considered charter, for all intensive purposes I think they're scheduled because they occur with regular frequencies. The only draw back is that you have to make bookings through an authorized travel agent and not with the airlines directly.
Indeed, if any Chinese carrier could begin flying non-stop between mainland China and Taiwan, major bank could be made. Tens of thousands of Taiwanese travel to the mainland each year, primarily for business and investment, and have to transit through Hong Kong.
I always tbought that a direct link between THR and LAX
would be extremely profitable. Especially if the flight operated via a European city not already connected to LA
) and the flight had 5th Freedom. It would be awesome if Iran Air began twice weekly direct service with their 747SPs! I'd be all over it.
Aparthied SAA had a funky route map according to my old timetable. Because of the flight restrictions over much of central/north Africa, all flights to Europe
skirted the west coast of the continent stopping in either LAD
, SID. or Las Palmas. This was just prior to their receiving their 747SPs. SAA's Flt. 266 from JNB
was routes JNB
. This was in 1978. Even though SAA had 747-100s at the time, they opted to use the 707 on the route.
Not all who wander are lost....