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Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 08, 2004 6:39 am

I am thinking about taking a trip soon, for the sole purpose of flying on a B747 in First. I am based in ATL....what are the best routes/airlines to experience this great plane?
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RE: Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:49 pm

Well, few airlines in ATL have 747s, so you could decide to go north to IAD/NYC/BOS or south to MIA, or possible MCO.

I personally love VS JFK-LHR, as, to me, it makes air travel so majestic in the midst of what is happened, and I have heard Upper Class is wonderful.

Plus, you can get DL miles.  Big grin

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RE: Best B747 Route

Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:58 am

ATL-LAX-SYD-PER for a real dose of flying. To LAX on 764 then 744 to either SYD or MEL then a 737 or A330 to PER.
NW B744 B742 B753 B752 A333 A332 A320 A319 DC10 DC9 ARJ CRJ S340
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RE: Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 15, 2004 3:22 am

Pity you didn't try this a few months ago you could have flown SAA 744 from ATL.

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RE: Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:49 am

Get to LAX and then take ANZ from LAX - AKL- BNE and go laze on the Gold Coast beaches.
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RE: Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:34 am

What about AC YYZ-FRA just before they retire them!
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RE: Best B747 Route

Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:03 pm

I like to fly 747 on short routes, Tokyo-Haneda to osaka Itami is a good example!

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RE: Best B747 Route

Thu Aug 19, 2004 5:35 am

If you dont have the money to fly international, I think United still does some ORD - SFO flights, maybe just 1 a day or so, on a 747
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RE: Best B747 Route

Thu Aug 19, 2004 5:36 pm

SW733 you bet they do! UAL still is running at least two flights daily ORD-SFO and back using 747-400s. Also LAX-ORD and back has 1 flight daily with a 747-400. Just did a random date search through listing, there may be certain days they don't run them although.

2 vacations ago, on my way to Boston, after my HNL-LAX, leg I waited 6+ hours just to non rev on the LAX-ORD flight with 747 service. It was worth it, the captain was retiring, with his family onboard and upstairs in business (first time I asked for Business upstairs and not first as I knew they were all seated upstairs  Laugh out loud I wanted to join the party! ) they all treated everyone to bubbly champagne (upstairs), gave every passenger a few Peppermint Patties, and the normal retiring festivities that come with it.

You may think I'm crazy but, these flights with the 744s are SO wide open anyone non-rev with even the lowest seniority will get in Business class for sure, or if they are lucky F/C.When traveling to the east coast I usually will scan for these flights and go out of my way to get on these 747s or 777s on these short 3-4 hour flights as it's definitely worth it. My guess is they use these aircraft mainly for positioning and probably rotate them around the hubs. I would definitely consider it Savedelta if you're not looking to go international. You may hate or love UAL/their service, but I believe they are one of the few, if the only? (unsure) US domestic carrier with 744s on short domestic hops. Have fun...
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RE: Best B747 Route

Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:26 am

Thanks for the input Lorm! I have been scouting the ATL-ORD-LAX-ORD-ATL routes. Seems they do the 744 on the 2pm flight LAX-ORD. Only problem...nothing with UA other than about 10k miles  Sad Maybe I will pay the fare...
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RE: Best B747 Route

Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:42 am

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RE: Best B747 Route

Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:24 am

Take Delta to IAD-- Then Take United: IAD-FRA, IAD-LHR, and IAD-LAX (When it's offered b/c they constantly switch that flight with a 777)

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