MaxTrimm
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Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:38 pm

I was thinking about it today, and thought it would be interesting to know which global airlines have a route network that covers the greatest distance. Obviously, UA, DL, and AA are probably the top 3 but from there down it's fair game.
I'd imagine LH, the ME3, and TK have long networks as well, being in a convenient location where essentially the entire world is at their disposal.
So, what does everyone else think? Any more thoughts?
 
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:48 pm

How exactly would you define greatest distance? Would it be the aggregate of all routes and frequencies combined or by average sector length?
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:08 pm

ASKs are a good measure of an airline's capacity, as well as the average distance flown per available seat.

Based on ASKs, AA is the largest, followed by DL and UA in third.

In terms of which airline has the longest average distance per flight, my guess would be VS, which is an exclusively long haul operation.
 
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:12 pm

Cipango wrote:
How exactly would you define greatest distance? Would it be the aggregate of all routes and frequencies combined or by average sector length?

Average sector length would be the easy way to do it. However, that would take quite some time.
 
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:16 pm

I would daresay QF, NZ, EK are potentials here.
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:21 pm

coolian2 wrote:
I would daresay QF, NZ, EK are potentials here.


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Indeed. I was wondering how US-centric this thread was going to be. From New Zealand, almost anywhere other than Australia and the Islands is long haul.

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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:09 pm

coolian2 wrote:
I would daresay QF, NZ, EK are potentials here.

:bigthumbsup: Great thinking. What about Air Tahiti Nui? They only fly 3 routes I believe, PPT-NRT/AKL/LAX-CDG.
 
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:12 pm

I think what he means is the sum of every single route the airline operates. Then it makes sense that the US3 are among the top due to the sheer number of routes. LH, BA, EK, QR, EY and TK OTOH have a lot of long haul routes, so they might be up there as well.
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:29 pm

Do you include the regionals in the US3 number? Would push some of them like AA and DL near 1,500 aircraft.
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:31 pm

coolian2 wrote:
I would daresay QF, NZ, EK are potentials here.

Turkish has tons of routes, too. Lots of destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and N.A. As well as a massive network within 1500 miles
 
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Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:48 pm

That's not how I understand the topic's title. The furthest is from one point to another. For example LHR-SYD regardless of intermediary stops. If you add up all sectors you get the longest network.
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