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World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:12 am

With long thin routes becoming more and more popular what are some of the strangest or surprising non-stop (O&D) flights- like Jackson Mississippi to Shanghai? (I made that up)

I found Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro on US AIRWAYS very strange at first!
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:26 am

BLI-HNL
SJC-LIH
SAN-PDX
SEA-SIT
FAT-GDL
SLC-CDG
SNA-YVR
SJC-NRT when it resumes
SEA-KIX
DFW-EZE
DEN-LIH

Most or all of these routes do very well AFAIK, but seem like unusual routings.

Odd ones of the past:

SJC-COS
DFW-ZRH
BWI-HNL
LAX-GRR (UA did this for a short time)
SEA-OMA
SNA-PIT
PDX-FRA
YYC-SLC
BLI-SLC
(actually most of DL's short-lived small market west coast to SLC)
FAT-ORD
MRY-DEN
MRY-ORD (the latter three done for a short time with UA 727s)
CCR-LAX
SJC-SJC-GEG

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Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:35 am

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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:35 am

SYD-RUN has to be way up there at the top for most unlikely!
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:37 am

I don't think anything within one country could be too surprising. I believe this topic is worth getting highjacked and given international flavor to. I was at BKK last night, and they were boarding BKK - TNR (Antananarivo, Madagascar).
I consider most routes between Far East and Africa (except South African Republic and North African Arab countries) odd.
Also, flights between Asia/Oceania (except Japan and China) and South America are odd IMHO (KUL - EZE is the oddest one in my opinion).
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:44 am

Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):
With long thin routes becoming more and more popular what are some of the strangest or surprising non-stop (O&D) flights- like Jackson Mississippi to Shanghai? (I made that up)

Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SAN-PDX

Two major cities on the west coast? What's so unlikely about that?
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:45 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
Odd ones of the past:

YYC-SLC

DL (SkyWest) still has 2 daily CRJ700s YYC-SLC. I don't think that's an unsual route. It's been operated for many years and feeds a DL hub from a major city. I remember when DL operated 757s and 727-200s on that former Western Airlines route.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:51 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
DEN-LIH

Is this non-stop? LIH-LAX/SFO often takes weight restrictions.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:51 am

RSW-DUS has always been one of the more unusual flights from South Florida.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:55 am

CLT-MUC on LH was rather strange at first, but the flight is one of the best long-haul performers on LH out of MUC.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:56 am

Well, EWR-LAX on an AA 738 1x per day is totally strange to me. I predict this will be gone in the next 12 to 18 months.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:12 am

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

Less surprising when you consider that the entire routing is MEX-TIJ-PVG (not PVD!), not to mention the demands on the aircraft due the elevation of MEX.

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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:13 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
MRY-DEN

Still flies, with one daily CRJ-200. Upgrades to a daily CR7 for the summer.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:15 am

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SAN-PDX

Two major cities on the west coast? What's so unlikely about that?

It's a point-to-point of two smaller airports, bypassing the major cities. This route didn't historically have non-stop service in the old days. UA had one 727 that did SEA-SAN. Everything else, you would have to connect in SFO or LAX.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
Odd ones of the past:

YYC-SLC

DL (SkyWest) still has 2 daily CRJ700s YYC-SLC. I don't think that's an unsual route.

Yes, my error. I meant YYJ-SLC.


This is fun. Some more current or future ones:

SEA-DXB
BKI-ICN
SCL-MDZ
LPQ-CNX
MIA-CNF
SFO-LIM
SEA-KEF
SMF-OGG
LAX-BNE

More past ones:

SEA-BGO (Done by SK in DC-8 days about 2/week instead of SEA-CPH)
ITO-DFW (Or was it DAL? Done by Braniff with a DC-8 or 707)
SCK-TVL (Done by Hughes Airwest with an F27 as SFO-SCK-TVL)
LAX-CHC (NZ tried this with a 744 AFAIK
ALY-ADD (Done as a LHR-ALY-ADD routing by British Mediterranean)
SFO-PSC (Hughes Airwest DC9)
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:22 am

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 9):
CLT-MUC on LH was rather strange at first, but the flight is one of the best long-haul performers on LH out of MUC.


This flight connects BMW's headquarters in Munich with their Assembly plant in Greer, SC (the property borders GSP), an hour and a half drive from CLT. I believe it is BMW's largest facility outside of Germany, and the only one in the US.

Also helps that their *A partner US Airways largest hub is in CLT.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:24 am

Quoting ptugarin (Reply 4):
I consider most routes between Far East and Africa (except South African Republic and North African Arab countries) odd.

Why are those odd? there is a huge amount of trade and other economic relations between Africa and China. Expect these links to only grow.

Quoting ptugarin (Reply 4):
Also, flights between Asia/Oceania (except Japan and China) and South America are odd IMHO (KUL - EZE is the oddest one in my opinion).

Strange statement considering that both Japan and China are too far for non-stops (which would not surprise you). The very few non-stops from Australia/New Zealand to South America are unique (LA SCL-AKL-SYD, QF EZE-SYD), but not really odd.
KUL-EZE is not a non-stop -- it stops in CPT. Still I would agree it's an odd one.

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 5):
Tijuana (TIJ)-Shanghai (PVD) is pretty strange if you ask me.

TIJ is a technical stop, they don't have the range for MEX-PVG non-stop.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:26 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SCL-MDZ

Um, LA has been flying that route forever, not random at all and operates 4x daily.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SFO-LIM

What about LIM-IPC and IPC-PPT, or even PUQ/RGL-MPN?
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:35 am

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 14):
This flight connects BMW's headquarters in Munich with their Assembly plant in Greer, SC (the property borders GSP), an hour and a half drive from CLT. I believe it is BMW's largest facility outside of Germany, and the only one in the US.

I am well aware. (Live in CLT, visited the plant last year.) But to the general public, who is not aware of the plant, the flight is indeed a headscratcher.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:35 am

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 16):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SCL-MDZ

Um, LA has been flying that route forever, not random at all and operates 4x daily.

Yeah, except the two airports are about 90 miles or 150 Km apart. It's a very short jet operated international flight that doesn't involve a tag-on. That's why I mentioned it.

I did COR-SCL. Awesome view over the top of Aconcagua.

Didn't LA also do SCL-BRC and SCL-ROS for awhile?

I wish they'd do SCL-SLA. Would avoid having to change airports from EZE to AEP when traveling to that wonderful spectacular region around SLA and JUJ.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:38 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SLC-CDG

Why? DL has a small hub (focus city?) at SLC while they have skyteam partner AF at CDG.
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:42 am

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 17):
I am well aware. (Live in CLT, visited the plant last year.) But to the general public, who is not aware of the plant, the flight is indeed a headscratcher.

Haha, whoops! I need to find the time one day to do that tour, living right there in Greer.

You are right about it looking odd to those who aren't from the area, and I am sure that many of these "Unlikely/Surprising" flights have some kind of a link, like this one does.
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:44 am

Without CM hub operation PTY could hardly support non-stop (and daily) flight to most of its destinations...
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:44 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 18):

Didn't LA also do SCL-BRC and SCL-ROS for awhile?

I wish they'd do SCL-SLA. Would avoid having to change airports from EZE to AEP when traveling to that wonderful spectacular region around SLA and JUJ.

LA flew SCL-BRC but had to drop it since LA's permit was not renewed. LA also flew SCL-SLA-ROS in the past as well. LA operates between SCL and SLA seasonally via IQQ.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:47 am

This has got to be the strangest flight.

For a few months in 2011, Aeromexico changed the MEX-TIJ-PVG routing to go Mexico City - Cabo San Lucas - Shanghai, instead of Tijuana. That was nonstop from Cabo San Lucas (a small resort town in Mexico) to Shanghai. I can't remember the reason for this 2 months change in flight schedule.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:51 am

RNO-YVR and RNO-ANC, both former QQ routes.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:04 am

Quoting qqflyboy (Reply 24):
RNO-ANC, both former QQ routes.

QQ did RNO-ANC non-stop? I didn't know that.

QQ had a number of odd-ball routes worth mentioning, mostly very short-lived:

SJC-COS
SJC-RDM
SJC-IFP


You could get a lot of odd-ball routes if you look at old regional carriers like Hughes Airwest, Frontier or even stuff like Western's and United's small town routes.

One that comes to mind is RW doing SBA-BFL with a DC-9. I think it went SFO-SBA-BFL.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 19):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SLC-CDG

Why? DL has a small hub (focus city?) at SLC while they have skyteam partner AF at CDG.

SLC is not normally a city that comes to mind when you think of Europe flights. IIRC, DL instead applied for SLC-LHR or LGW years ago, long before launching CDG.
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 25):

It operated one or two summers only in 1997 and/or 1998.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:11 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 18):
Yeah, except the two airports are about 90 miles or 150 Km apart. It's a very short jet operated international flight that doesn't involve a tag-on. That's why I mentioned it.

Yes, they are pretty close but:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 18):
I did COR-SCL. Awesome view over the top of Aconcagua.

And therein lies the problem. Not only Aconcagua per se, but the rest of this huge mountain range called Los Andes. It´s impractical to drive to SCL from MDZ and vice versa if you are not going for more than an extended period of time due to the long road trip. During Winter, the tunnel that unites the two countries gets closed fairly regularly due to weather and during the Summer, congestion on it can add up to 4 hrs. to your trip. During normal times of the year it´s not strange to be delayed from 1 to 2 hrs.

A convenient 25min. flight makes more sense. Specially if you are connecting at SCL for an international flight, as opposed to a connection at BUE, where you have to land at AEP, which is 1hr. 45 mins. flight from MDZ (there may be 1 flight to EZE) and then find your way from AEP to EZE. With traffic, it can take up to 1hr and a half.

During the 70s and 80s many international flights had ACA as a destination. It did not make sense until you found out these flights´ final destination or point of origin was MEX. However, due to the same reason the MEX-NRT and MEX-PVG stop at TIJ many flights made their call at ACA. Among the more interesting ones, the L1011 EA flight to JFK, many CP Air flights to South America and QF (although I do not remember if that flight had MEX as final destination)

Many of the routes cited here are not that strange, once you know their story. Interesting thread though.

[Edited 2012-01-03 21:27:23]
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:14 am

Quoting bkkair (Reply 23):
I can't remember the reason for this 2 months change in flight schedule.

Runway work at TIJ. Although in stages, the length of runway made unusable would have made it impractical, if not impossible for AM to operate the flights.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:16 am

Quoting qqflyboy (Reply 26):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 25):

It operated one or two summers only in 1997 and/or 1998.

I remember the QQ SEA-ANC flight. I flew the AA SJC-SEA MD-80 flight once, in which it was continuing to ANC that was a remnant of the QQ SJC-SEA-ANC route. AA dropped SEA-ANC quickly, even before SJC-SEA and the rest of the QQ network.


A few more past ones:

SEA-ADQ (Western Airlines Electra prop-jet route into the early 1970s)
YVR-ANC (AS and AC have each tried this seasonally in the past few years)
SEA-YXS (This might get the nod as the shortest lived ever QX or AS route.)
JFK-FAI (Pan Am as part of JFK-NRT route).
BLI-CMH (This is probably the dumbest one on this thread)

Speaking of BLI, you could come up with lots of unlikely and surprising routes on G4.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:27 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 27):
A convenient 25min. flight makes more sense. Specially if you are connecting at SCL for an international flight, as opposed to a connection at BUE, where you have to land at AEP, which is 1hr. 45 mins. flight from MDZ (there may be 1 flight to EZE) and then find your way from AEP to EZE. With traffic, it can take up to 1hr and a half.

Understood. I've been to BUE twice; once after Patagonia and once before visiting Northern Argentina. I'm well familar with that. That's why I suggested in another reply that I wish LA would start SCL-SLA flights so you can get to that wonderful area without doing the EZE-AEP transfer. We did that overnight a few years ago.

Did SEA-DFW-EZE; then AEP-SLA

I put my girlfriend on MDZ-SCL-DFW-SEA

I stayed an extra week and did COR-SCL-DFW-SEA

By the way, I'm very well traveled and I think Argentina is arguably my very favorite foreign country in the world to travel in, if I have to pick one. Safe and beautiful with incredible diversity.

LA should add SCL-USH, SCL-BRC, SCL-SLA, SCL-FTE and SCL-IGR while they are at it so it's easy to get there by AA or LA and not have to change airports at EZE.

[Edited 2012-01-03 21:29:56]
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:27 am

Luanda - Havana on TAAG
Harare - Kuala Lumpur - Beijing on Air Zimbabwe
Paris - St Denis de la Reunion - Sydney - Noumea on Air Austral
Luanda - Dubai - Beijing on Hainan
Paris - Jeddah - Djibouti on Air France
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:37 am

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 20):
I need to find the time one day to do that tour, living right there in Greer.

You should, it was really interesting.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:38 am

SEA-LIH (still unlikely when I think about it)
SEA-MZT
LAX-ZLO (not the first place that comes to mind when I think of Mexico resort areas)
ANC-OGG (same as the SEA-LIH comment. Makes sense now, but I never would have expected it a few years ago. I already mentioned SJC-LIH (and OAK) and BLI-HNL)
DFW-MBJ
DFW-CCS
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:42 am

MIA-TPA-MCO-MIA on a Boeing 707. That was the first route of Air Florida. They quickly replaced the 707 with Lockheed Electras.
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:53 am

OAK - KOA - AS, ATA, AQ
OAK - ITO - ATA
OAK - YVR - Harmony
OAK - AMS - Martinair
OAK- PPT - Corsair
OAK - ORY - Corsair
OAK - YYC - America West
OAK - Brussels - Citybird
OAK - TIJ - Allegro, Volaris
OAK - Zacatecas - MX, Azteca, Taesa
OAK - Morelia - MX, Taesa
OAK - MMH- BIH - Alpha Air
OAK - Laughlin - Morris Air
OAK - SCK - Frontier Airlines #1
OAK - SFO - UA
OAK - Terceira (sp?) - SATA
CCR - LAX - PS/US
STS - RNO - Westates
OAK - TVL - Sierra Expressway
OAK - MFR - Sierra Expressway
OAK - MRY - Sierra Expressway
OAK - ACV - Sierra Expressway
OAK - RDD - Sierra Expressway
LAX - TIJ - Air LA and AM
OAK - SAL - TACA
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:56 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 30):
LA should add SCL-USH, SCL-BRC, SCL-SLA, SCL-FTE and SCL-IGR while they are at it so it's easy to get there by AA or LA and not have to change airports at EZE.
LP wants to launch LIM-SLA this year, LP currently operates LIM-COR, LIM-EZE and LIM-ROS. LP applied to operate LIM-IGR, but was denied the authority. Before the volcano erupted last year, 4M operated EZE-BRC specifically for international connections. However, BRC closed and 4M operated into EQS as an alternative. Currently, LAN would most likely not be permitted to operate internationally into BRC, FTE, IGR, USH, etc. due to the current policy of the Argentine ANAC.

[Edited 2012-01-03 22:06:56]
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:04 am

Quoting N62NA (Reply 10):

Well, EWR-LAX on an AA 738 1x per day is totally strange to me. I predict this will be gone in the next 12 to 18 months.


How is this strange? It's no "stranger" than MIAEWR. It connects an AA hub to a major airport. And it's also getting the 762 back shortly.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:04 am

Quoting DLD9S (Reply 8):
RSW-DUS has always been one of the more unusual flights from South Florida.

Have you ever been to Cape Coral? I used to live there and when I would go to Publix I would hear more German than English being spoken.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
SAN-PDX

Two major cities on the west coast? What's so unlikely about that?

Sounds like a typical WN route to me. And neither city is small, they both have a large population and economic base. Grant it, it's not SFO or LAX or SEA but still both are bigger than a lot of cities.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:21 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
It's a point-to-point of two smaller airports, bypassing the major cities. This route didn't historically have non-stop service in the old days. UA had one 727 that did SEA-SAN. Everything else, you would have to connect in SFO or LAX.
UA operated a 72S PDX-SAN for years, I flew it once in the early 80's, this was before AS flew to SAN, but I also flew a CO 72S SAN-AS 72S BUR-PDX all on that same trip when I was a teenager, first trip by myself on money I had earned, it felt great.

As far as odd routes go, Doesn't Iran Air fly some odd route to Venezuala? Or has that ceased to exist?
Odd for it's time, now now though, back in 1980 I flew PDX-OGG n/s on an EZ DC-8-51.

How about the still operating Island Hopper from HNL-GUM on CO/UA especially when the 72S stopped at JON.

RW did a SEA-YKM-PSC-PDX-RDM-LMT-RDD-SFO at one point this was the only way to get between PDX & SFO on RW, just before the RC merger.

Also flew a MKK-LNY hop on an HA DC-9-50, barely had time to get thee gear up, but still got POG and mac nuts.

[Edited 2012-01-03 22:46:17]
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Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:29 am

Quoting HKG212 (Reply 15):

AR Also operate between Aust/NZ & South America from EZE-AKL-SYD
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:29 am

If you were to tell me a decade ago PIT-CDG was to be operated by Delta in a 757-200 (oh, and that said 757 would have winglets!), I would've laughed. Back in the glory days of US Airways' A330-300s and 767-200s connecting Pittsburgh to Europe in the days of their large hub operation, it wouldn't be such an obscure routing, but considering this flight isn't even flying to or from a Delta hub (yeah, yeah, I know CDG is a SkyTeam hub), I'd say this route fits the bill today.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:43 am

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 35):
OAK - SFO - UA
Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 35):
OAK - TVL - Sierra Expressway

Good post. SFO-OAK has been done by several carriers as a tag-on. Air California did it as part of SFO-OAK-TVL with an Electra. I also recall a late night SNA-SFO-OAK. I think PSA and Hughes Airwest did it at times too.

TWA, PSA and Air California have done SJC-OAK as a tag-on at times, that I recall.

As mentioned, Air California previously did OAK-TVL also.


Here's another current one that I forgot:

STS-LAS
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:49 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 42):
STS-LAS

Oh yeah, this one I scratch my head about every time I see the prop going over my house on the downwind leg. Does this thing haul specialty wines for the restaurants in Vegas or what?
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:51 am

Quoting doug_Or (Reply 7):
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
DEN-LIH

Is this non-stop?

Sure was when I flew it! Just a 752 that's not too full.
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:59 am

Quoting bkkair (Reply 23):
Cabo San Lucas (a small resort town in Mexico)

I would not call it small. However, not a natural departing point for a transpacific flight.
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:14 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
LAX-BNE
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 13):
BKI-ICN
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SEA-KIX
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
DFW-EZE
Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
SAN-PDX

Ummm in what possible way are any of these unlikely/surprising routes??? Each are popular markets and have viable traffic between them.

The way your going you might as well list every single non hub or mega city pair around....if that's the case you could probably list 80-90% or more of the routes around the world as unlikely...  
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:33 am

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 2):
RDU (Raleigh-Durham) - LHR (London Heathrow)

Isn't that route operated because of someone like GlaxoSmithKline? i.e. a large multi-national company connecting two offices and sending a lot of pax at the front of the aircraft. So nearly paying AA to operate the route?

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 31):
Harare - Kuala Lumpur - Beijing on Air Zimbabwe

I'm not so surprised about that one. The Chinese are present in a lot of African nations, mining minerals and exporting them back to China. In exchange for cash and infrastructure.

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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:38 am

Back when Viva Macau used to fly there was a couple of odd ones, off the top of my head Macau-Sydney, and for a short time, Macau-Maldives

I guess it was odd and also non-viable, as the airline exists no longer
 
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RE: World's Most Unlikely & Surprising Non-stops?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:06 am

I find all of DL's international flights out of Salt Lake City very strange. It's like flying Tucson to Paris non-stop. I fly DL a lot and its website is always trying to route me through SLC. It just seems too odd so I choose another route.

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