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What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:40 am

Just wondering about the longest route serve by airline, I was reading article and stated that LH have beening serving ACC for over 40 years and it made wonder which airline have the record for serving a route the longest in years.

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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:44 am

Two I can think of off the top of my head, LON-PAR & SFO-HNL
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:47 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 1):

Just beat me to the post. If you count Imperial Airways as BA, I think it was operating DH-89s from LHR to Paris (not sure which airport) from about the '30s and is obviously still going today.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:51 am

How about about LON-NYC? That has been around a long time.
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:55 am

Actually its London - Paris is NOT correct because it was terminated during WW2.

Liverpool- Dublin remained operating since Eire had neutrality
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:59 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 1):
Two I can think of off the top of my head, LON-PAR & SFO-HNL

Aircraft Transport & Travel Ltd started the first sustained commercial aircraft service when it operated a DH16 two-seat converted bomber between Hounslow Heath (now known as LHR) and Le Bourget (LBG) on 25 August 1919. The flight carried one passenger, some mail, some grouse and some Devonshire cream.

BA can trace its origins back to AT&T.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:19 am

Most 'obvious' candidates in Europe were stopped during WW2 (like LON-PAR and AMS-LON), so the winner is probably a route somewhere in the US.

Some longstanding KLM routes to take note of:

AMS-NYC (started in 1946, first transatlantic scheduled service to NYC after WW2).

I believe flights between Amsterdam and Batavia/Jakarta resumed in the fall of 1945?

One of my favourites: KLM started operating flights to Kano, Nigeria in 1947 and they still do today (although rumour has it that operations to Kano may not last very long......)
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:31 am

So what is the longest cross atlantic or pacific flight to date?
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:32 am

As KL577 said and as i said Dublin- Liverpool is the longest un-interrupted no other European route to be considered.

I believe the longest served my well actually be by Avianca from Bogotá to Barranquilla uninterrupted since 1929 !
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:44 pm

What about MSP-ORD, pax wise started in 1928 but has been served since 1926, originally started by NW and continues today at DL.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:09 pm

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 9):
What about MSP-ORD, pax wise started in 1928 but has been served since 1926, originally started by NW and continues today at DL.

It's more accurate to say MSP-Chicago as ORD didn't exist until WW2 (Orchard Field). Other old routes are Chicago-Newark, Boston-Newark, Washington-Newark, etc which have been around since the late 1920s or early 1930s when NYC had no commercial airports within its own city limits!
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:14 pm

QF started in an outback town in North Queensland, Australia, called Longreach LHE 92years ago, servicing a mail/pax route from there to BNE (via intermediate ports, but destination being BNE) and still to this day QantasLink operates BNE-LHE thats a pretty amazing feat!
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:31 pm

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 10):
It's more accurate to say MSP-Chicago as ORD didn't exist until WW2 (Orchard Field). Other old routes are Chicago-Newark, Boston-Newark, Washington-Newark, etc which have been around since the late 1920s or early 1930s when NYC had no commercial airports within its own city limits!

EWR's commercial status was suspened during WWI, it was a Naval Air Station then and was closed for several months in the early 1950's due to a series of crashes so not continious service.

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 11):
QF started in an outback town in North Queensland, Australia, called Longreach LHE 92years ago, servicing a mail/pax route from there to BNE (via intermediate ports, but destination being BNE) and still to this day QantasLink operates BNE-LHE thats a pretty amazing feat!

Yes, but was this route suspended during WWII? Most likely it was or operated under the RAAF and not a commercial service.

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 8):
I believe the longest served my well actually be by Avianca from Bogotá to Barranquilla uninterrupted since 1929 !

This might be the winner as it was probably not disrupted during WWII.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:57 pm

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 9):
What about MSP-ORD, pax wise started in 1928 but has been served since 1926, originally started by NW and continues today at DL.

Actually WA started pax service LAX-LAS-SLC in 1926. The LAX-LAS leg is still served today by DL CXN, and the LAS-SLC leg is still served by DL mainline.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:07 pm

Well as the OP does not state the longest continuous service (due to wars etc), rather the longest route served by an individual airline (and still operated by that airline), I would imagine the winner is AMS-LON with KLM, they have operated the route since 7 October 1919.
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:39 pm

Hey bohica you might like this photo. 85 years going on 86. Long live Wally  
WAE first LAX-LAS-SLC service


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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:15 pm

As always, it depends on what you mean by "route". If it means the same airport-pair, Delta's Atlanta-Birmingham route will be hard to beat.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:54 pm

Quoting bohica (Reply 13):
WA started pax service LAX-LAS-SLC in 1926.

No airlines at LAX then-- LAS probably didn't exist then-- no idea about SLC.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:54 am

That is true. In Los Angeles, it was Vail Field in Montebello CA and was a oiled strip. Las Vegas was Western Air Express Airport that is now part of Nellis AFB, and Woodward Field in Salt Lake City is the persent site for SLC. The route is still LAX to SLC and was started as CAM-4 Air Route with WAE on April 17 1926, and and started carring PAX May 23 1926. That route is still being flown by Delta  

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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:30 am

Quoting VV701 (Reply 5):
Quoting RWA380 (Reply 1):
Two I can think of off the top of my head, LON-PAR & SFO-HNL

Aircraft Transport & Travel Ltd started the first sustained commercial aircraft service when it operated a DH16 two-seat converted bomber between Hounslow Heath (now known as LHR) and Le Bourget (LBG) on 25 August 1919. The flight carried one passenger, some mail, some grouse and some Devonshire cream.

BA can trace its origins back to AT&T.

However, as already mentioned, London-Paris was interrupted druing WWII, unlike many U.S. domestic routes that started in the 1920s and have operated continuously since, and I think in some cases to/from the same airports at both ends of the route, unlike Paris Le Bourget which hasn't had scheduled service for over 30 years.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:36 am

Quoting KL577 (Reply 6):
Some longstanding KLM routes to take note of:

I think KL has also been serving MNL since the 1950s.

Speaking of MNL, NW started serving the city in the 1930s with a DC-4 IIRC, and until now DL still serves MNL with 2 744s to NRT and NGO/DTW.

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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:42 am

Very educational and thx all for your infos.
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:52 pm

AMS-MNL has been in service for over sixty years, and PR has been flying to SFO since 1946. Granted however, PR did stop all international service for a year of two, only to be restarted again because the government deemed it a matter of national policy.
 
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RE: What Is The Longest Serve Route (years)

Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:03 pm

OK's PRG - ZAG, their first international route, was launched back in 1930.

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