BigJetFan
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Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:30 am

I don't travel much, but I would like to take some flights on various airliners. I have a couple of questions in this regard.

First, is there a way to search for flights by aircraft type?

Second, is it ever possible to catch the short leg of a longer flight. For example, my first ride on a 747 back in the 70's was the SFO to LAX leg of a flight that was then headed to Germany. Do airlines ever fly short legs like that any more with the bigger jets? If so, is there any way to search for such flights?

Basically, I just want to fly some of the planes I haven't been on, such as the 747-400 and 777. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
UAL747
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:59 am

Well, yes and no. Usually, us here at a.net are kept quite up to speed on what types of aircraft fly routes all over the world, via pictures and discussion. Basically, you will either have to download an airline timetable that should give you that information, or pick up one at the airport.

Usually, when you make a reservation, when you go to the seat maps, or even on the reservation itself online, it will tell you what aircraft is flying the route.

But, I have never seen a list of flights by aircraft type. Most of the flying public doesn't care.

UAL
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:30 am

BTW, Delta and UA are the best ones for finding shorthaul flights on widebodies, as DL operates the largest 767 fleet, and UA tends to use a lot of their widebody equipment on shorthaul hub to hub flights.

UA has
JFK-SF0/LAX
DEN-SFO/LAX
ORD-SFO/LAX


With widebodies, (777's 767's and 747's).

Not as familiar with DL, but I do know they have widebody shorthaul flights, particularly from ATL-Florida.

AA flies their widebodies limitedly from DFW mostly to ORD, MIA, LAX, and SFO. The rest are used on international/Hawaii destinations.

Not familiar with NW, but I believe a lot of their DC-10 domestic flights have turned into 757-300 flights.

CO, not sure in this case either, but I'd mostly expect narrow body shorthaul service, other than between IAH-EWR, which does get some widebody traffic.

IMHO, UA is your best bet, especially to the west coast.

PS, I would think you'd get a better response if this was posted in the Aviation Forum.

UAL

[Edited 2005-07-05 03:31:36]
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:33 am

Quoting BigJetFan (Thread starter):
First, is there a way to search for flights by aircraft type?

Using an airline's downloadable timetable (offline Windows application). You can search all flights to/from all places from a specific airport and sort by aircraft type.
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:02 am

This really should be in Civil Av. You can try the Amadeus.net website as well as an individual airport's OAG site (if they have one).
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triple7man
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:40 pm

I don't know what your travel plans are, but if you are interested in certain aircraft types I can help.
I am retired from American Airlines and I loved the 777..I made 105 flights on it, including LAX-NRT with 2 cats (I wrote a report on it for this site).
If you are wanting to fly the 777 domestically we fly it DFW to LAX and MIA. The DFW-ORD flight might have been discontinued.
Internationally it is the only aircraft we fly to LHR, NRT and we have many flights from our gateway cities..JFK, BOS, MIA, ORD, DFW, LAX, SJC. Probably like someone else said your best bet is to go to the airline website or call them if necessary, although the agent may not have that information, as there is no function that tells us which routes it flies on. Suffice it to say for AA, we use the 777 primarily on international routes to Europe, South America and Asia
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:53 pm

If you're interested in star alliance carriers then I suggest you go to the staralliance website and download the electronic timetable or RTW mileage calculator - I was just using them both to find specific a/c types on certain routes. The Itinerary I have planned means that I get the most new aircraft types in the shortest available time/least mileage/cheapest cost. I find it very useful.
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BigJetFan
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:05 pm

Great ideas, especially the DFW to LAX 777 option. I'll certainly post back any discoveries towards my goal of equipment specific flight planning. Thank you.
 
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RE: Finding Flights By Aircraft Type

Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:11 pm

AA.com is still showing a DFW-ORD on 772.

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