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Iconic Air Routes

Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:03 pm

I have been thinking lately of iconic, historic air routes. In particular is a route I have flown many dozens of times. Alaska Airlines northbound Flight 67 (SEA-KTN-SIT-JNU-ANC) and Alaska Airlines southbound Flight 66 (ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU-SIT-SEA). Both these routes are affectionatley called the "milkrun" by locals. Side note: On Sep. 4, 1971 AS Flight 66 (operating as AS 1866) hit a mountain top on approach to JNU killing all on board. This was the worst air accident in the US until June 24, 1975 when Eastern Flight 66 crashed on approach to JFK.
Another iconic route was Pan Am Flight 1 around-the-world westbound (SFO (later LAX) - NYC) and Pan Am Flight 2 around-the-world eastbound (NYC - SFO).
I think that the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940's might be included in the list. I think it would be great to hear from the a.net crew from around the world about such routes in their countries. Thank you all in advance.
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:17 pm

A lot of prestigious routes have small flight numbers. CO 1 is IAH-HNL-GUM and then the return is CO 2. AA 1 is JFK-SFO. One very iconic route would be BA 001 which as we know used to be the concorde flight from LHR to JFK; now it's on an A318 from LCY and stops in SNN.

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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:30 pm

Well if we're talking routes then AMS-LON is the oldest commercial pax air route so pretty iconic...
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:17 pm

Quoting airbuster (Reply 2):
Well if we're talking routes then AMS-LON is the oldest commercial pax air route so pretty iconic...

Perhaps, but the first thought that came to my mind for iconic routes, is not Amsterdam-London but Amsterdam-Jakarta.

On a hunch: for airlines outside the USA it would be the New York route. For airlines outside Europe it would be London. Add in Moskou for the former soviet countries and that probably sums up the flagship routes for many airlines.  
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:56 pm

London to NY has already been mentioned. I'd add two other routes to the list if icons as far as Brits are concerned:

London to Paris
London to Sydney
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:11 pm

I have been enjoying the a.netters comments. Thank you all. I would add two more catagories: What were the pioneering air routes in the early days of aviation and what are/were the longest (in terms of years flown)? I am thinking of the early airmail routes flown from Paris to South America. What airlines are rightly proud of there routes.
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:57 pm

How about the "Texas Triangle" routes flown by Air Southwest, now known as Southwest Airlines.
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:42 am

Quoting B727LVR (Reply 6):
How about the "Texas Triangle" routes flown by Air Southwest, now known as Southwest Airlines.

This I know:

WN 1 is still DAL-HOU, although they now tack on a segment to CRP after HOU.

WN 4 is still DAL-HOU-ELP, although they now tack on a segment to PHX and SFO.

Not sure about the rest, but you can look them up in FlightAware  
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:49 pm

For me as an Austrian the most iconic route was VIE - BEY during the Lebanon war, as Austrian Airlines was (one of) the last western airline flying into Beyrouth. Pilots told me that they landet "dark" and that the tower turned on the runway lights very late, but I don't know if it's true. Aircraft type: DC-9 or MD-80?

Another interesting destination for OS pilots was/is Erbil (Northern Iraq) - in the first days of this destination they had no ILS an a just 30m wide runway, wich was fun at crosswind conditions. Aircraft type: A320
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:27 pm

I think MIA-JFK has some history to it. Pan Am and Eastern and National. The first ever domestic jet passenger flight in the US was JFK-MIA. Miami has been a corner stone to the expansion of United States Commercial Aviation along with Chicago and New York.
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RE: Iconic Air Routes

Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:37 pm

I wouldnt say its an Iconic route on the world scale but LHR-DUB is London's busiest European route for passengers flown
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