Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 4:58 am

Continental Airlines will start flying their 757's from Austin (AUS)-Houston Intercontinental (IAH). This flight will be once a day, all the other flights will be an MD-80. Only MD-80's are used for the IAH-AUS route. This flight is 148 miles. Is this the new shortest 757 flight?


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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:05 am

No. There were/are other notable short flights, as outlined in my book, "Boeing 757 and 767" (Crowood Press). These may not be operated by the 757 anymore, but have been in the past:

St. Croix-St. Thomas (Delta, 45 miles)
Tenerifa-Las Palmas (Spanair, 73 miles)
Denver-Colorado Springs (74 miles) and San Fransisco-Monterrey (78 miles), both on United.

According to Boeing, Delta once operated a Tampa-Sarasota leg (41 miles).
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:08 am

Ok, Thanks.

I guess we'll call this a new short 757 flight.  


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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:27 am

I believe at one point in time during the 80s, we (NWA) used to run the 757 between Fargo and Minneapolis. The flight was roughly around 35 minutes, and was one of the shorter flights for our 757s.

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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:30 am

MKE-ORD about 40 mins--the use of the -57 is seasonal, mostly from NOV-APR when UA's pax are heading to ORD to catch the 9:50 to HNL
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 6:36 am

I flew on my shortest 757 flight three years ago. That was with American when I was flying from Austin to Dallas. Most of those short flights are MD-80's but that one was a 757.

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SFO-MRY On United Still Exists

Wed Aug 09, 2000 7:36 am

the San Francisco-Monterrey route still exists with 757s.

United #156 Boeing 757-200 77 miles, 32 minutes
United #472 Boeing 757-200 77 miles, 34 minutes

United #1133 Boeing 757-200 77 miles, 43 minutes
United #79 Boeing 757-200 77 miles 42 minutes

These are not seasonal flights, they are operated year-round, as an addition to UA Express' EMB-120 flights.

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TWA902fly Is Right

Wed Aug 09, 2000 7:39 am

TWA902fly is correct. I was in Monterrey about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and I went to check out the airport. And sure enough there was a 757-200 ready for a flight to San Francisco. I was very surprised that they would use them on this route.

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Wed Aug 09, 2000 9:10 am

Continental also flies a daily 757 between Houston and San Antonio, which is a shorter flight than the Houston-Austin leg.

It's amazing how many flights are offered and which aircraft are used on routes between those Texas cities: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston Intercontinental, Houston Hobby, Dallas Love Field, San Antonio, Austin.. and plus there are many flights between DFW, DAL, HOU and IAH to ELP, along with a several flights between SAT, AUS and ELP. Lubbock, Midland and Amarillo are also all connected with flights to cities in Texas.

Sorry about that... I just get amazed when I visit airports in Texas, especially DFW, IAH and SAT, how many intra Texas flights there are.

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Wed Aug 09, 2000 9:18 am

Hmmmm, I didn't look for a flight from San Antonio-Houston. I would have guessed it would be operated by Continental Express or something, but a 757, whoa!



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Wed Aug 09, 2000 12:01 pm

Delta has a 757-200 leg from TPA-FLL, it is rougly 37 min. if that. I've flown it, your literally get to FL150 and start descending again
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RE: Delta

Wed Aug 09, 2000 1:32 pm

Delta Airlines also has a few daily 757-200 flights from Columbus to Cincinnati. The flights take about 50 minutes and travel 116 miles.
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 2:03 pm

I took a flight on CO about a month ago from IAH to SAT and it was in fact a 757. It was one of the newer ones, I'd guess, since it had the fold-down screens near the PSU's rather than in the aisle.

The 757s without screens in the aisle (that you can easily bump your head on) seem to be much more open and roomy. Boeing did a great job with these new interiors.

What's more amazing than the choice of a/c on the leg is the fact that in the 35-or-so minute flight, they managed to do a semi-complete beverage service using trays... they just gave us a choice of three things (don't remember what) but they got through the whole cabin...
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 2:28 pm

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Yep, there is a 757 once a day...or there was. That flight is 36 minutes from the time they close the door at Denver to the time its opened again in COS
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RE: Boeing747-400

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:16 pm

Yeah, of course they have so many intra-state flights. Texas is a freaking huge state. It takes 5 hours to drive from Houston to Dallas. It takes 15 hours to drive from Houston to El Paso.

RE: Boeing747-400

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:44 pm

Thanks for the info Cba, I had no idea and didn't realize Texas was such a huge state. <--- sarcasm

Anyways, this is to Boeing747-400... San Antonio is a very large city, being a fairly big business destination and an even bigger tourist destination.
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:45 pm

I flew an ELAL 757 Jerusalem-Eilat with a flight time of 25 minutes.

The flight was full, but in that time the crew managed to serve juice and a muffin!
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Wed Aug 09, 2000 5:52 pm

I was on a United 757 from TUS to PHX about four years ago. Don't remember the distance or the time it took but it wasn't long.

It will be remembered as the only time where I have gotten to the bag claim and had all four of my bags come out 1-2-3-4.

RE: Boeing747-400

Thu Aug 10, 2000 12:41 am

Yes, I agree, but Austin has a new bigger international airport. San Antonio doesn't even have an international airport, their airport is very small with only the Southwest 737-200's being the biggest plane there. I didn't know that Continental flys a 757 from there. Austin has become roughly a larger and busier city than San Antonio.


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RE: Delta

Thu Aug 10, 2000 1:08 am

I have been on that flight 4 times, It seems to get shorter every time.  


RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Thu Aug 10, 2000 4:43 am

DL also flies B757-200s and all variants of B767 that they operate from ATL-JAX and JAX-ATL. Flight time on a B767 is 43 minutes, and flight time on a B757 is 40 (if even).
US also operates (or at least operated, they seem to be switching JAX routes to B73X/A32X) B757 flights from JAX-CLT. Flight time is in the 50 minute range.
I remember my first flight from JAX-CLT on a US B757. I was 7, and it was my first time on a "big" jet (everything else I'd flown up to that point was in the DC-9/MD-80/737-200 class, with a single F100 that I remember). I was amazed at how "huge" the interior was, with a door located midway along the fuselage so first class was ahead of you, coach behind. Honestly one of my best airliner experiences.
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Thu Aug 10, 2000 5:11 am

I have flown a 757 twice, once from DFW-JAX and the other DEN-RNO, mine were the old type and they were quite dirty on United and Delta.
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RE: Shortest 757 Flight

Thu Aug 10, 2000 5:43 am

One of the shortest 757 flights oporated both by El Al and Arkia is TLV-ETH, ETH = city of Eilat, the flight takes only 30 min'.
El Al flies the 757 to ETH once a day, they also serve ETH with 737NG, Arkia flies from time to time both the 752 & 753, mainly the flights oporated by a 732 or DHC-7
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Some Texas Clarification From A Texan

Thu Aug 10, 2000 10:38 am

There are a few misconceptions in these post:

The trip from IAH to AUS is actually a shorter distance than SAT.

Continental also flies the 757 from IAH to MSY.

Someone posted that San Antonio is smaller than Austin and has a smaller airport.

San Antonio International host flights to Mexico via Continental, Mexicana, and Sun Country. American has also flown DC10s from DFW to AUS and SAT.

San Antonio is also the second largest city in Texas by population. They surpassed Dallas a few years back.
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