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Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:52 am

Sitting Zoom conference calls during the work day I'll typically have FlightAware open looking at what's going on between routes I can't believe are still operating, cancellations, and interesting one-off. Like previous topics covering college and pro sports charters and in the hopes of getting some answers, I was hoping there'd be interest to have a spot to list some these non-desert bound one-off's.

Some of the flights that drove me to make this post...

Thursday, April 9
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA
Delta 8956, a 763 routed TRD - NKT - JFK

Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6
Delta 8874, SYD - SLC - LAX
Thinking SLC provided better connection options for the passengers that were actually on the flight?
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:00 am

djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:03 am

Not heavy metal, but on Monday a McNeely Charter Services (a small cargo carrier based in Arkansas) Swearingen Metro flew ANB (Anniston, Alabama) - ORD - YKF (Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario).

Not only an odd routing, but I doubt a Metro has landed at ORD in decades.

I can't imagine what the flight was for.

Also a Qatar Executive aircraft with no aircraft type listed on flightaware (HKG-ORD would be just at the limits of a Global Express and just inside the range of a Gulfstream G650ER, so probably a G650ER?) landed today at ORD after flying HKG-ORD. I'd never seen Qatar Executive before and odd that they chose ORD. I wonder if USCIS has ceased customs and immigration services at Chicago area airports other than ORD.
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:08 am

Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.


I don't recall Delta sending two flights on the same evening before.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:12 am

So the delta cargo flights, is Delta using the passenger area for more cargo, or is the passenger area empty and the cargo hold stuffed to the gills?
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:18 am

drdisque wrote:
Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.


I don't recall Delta sending two flights on the same evening before.


Looks like it happened yesterday, today, and two more flights tomorrow evening.

https://flightaware.com/live/findflight ... nation=fra
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:45 am

Carrying mail for Europe,
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:49 am

Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.

Thats right. I posted it in Chicago aviation forum - DL sent more flights yesterdsy ORD-FRA-ATL. All on B77L. They operating two simultaneous flights per day ORD-FRA-ORD (now on N864DA and on N866DA) separated like 30-45 mins apart. It sounds funny but finally I saw Delta airliners on Delta Cargo facility.
DL is operating cargo flights from ORD to FRA about two weeks now.
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:51 am

I think the Delta cargo flights have empty cabins. As for the SLC flight, I would bet it was a charter, The Mormon Church has been bringing missionaries home from all over the world. I would bet the SYD flight would be from all the South Pacific Islands.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:40 am

JAAlbert wrote:
So the delta cargo flights, is Delta using the passenger area for more cargo, or is the passenger area empty and the cargo hold stuffed to the gills?


I don’t fly for Delta, but my airline has been flying cargo flights as well. No cargo can be carried in the cabin because we don’t have fire suppression on the main deck. Fire extinguishers work fine for passenger luggage if something were to catch fire, and flight attendants are trained for things like that, but cargo is another issue. Plus these flights aren’t crewed with flight attendants anyhow so it would be up to us pilots to fight a cabin fire. No thanks.

Add in the added complication that many of the cargo flights are ETOPS, so that creates another set of issues for required fire suppression equipment. I heard a rumor that my airline asked the FAA if we could put cargo in the overhead bins and the FAA said, in no uncertain terms, absolutely not.
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:55 am

Now when you talk about interesting one-off flights....

How about Icelandair KEF-PVG?

Or the Aer Lingus PEK-DUB flights (literally 2-3x daily now)?

I bet neither would predict them flying the route at all.

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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:16 am

There's the 2 BA flights to Lima too end of March... Interesting that so many British people go there mainly to visit Cuzco and Machupichu but are needing to use either LA or IB... Might not be profitable for a direct flight to LHR or LGW but that was good to see...
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:24 am

The Austrian B772 repatriation flight which went VIE-KUL-CHC-AKL-KUL-VIE. I can't imagine OS have ever been to New Zealand before.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:56 am

Im wondering if I should venture out to PHX to see any one-off aircraft?...I mean me being diabetic and all...
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:17 am

SAS flew CPH-LIM-CPH, CPH-LIM-CPH-ARN and CPH-NSA-GIG-OSL. All repatriation flights using the A350.

The first flight (CPH-LIM) was the first time they visited Peru, the second (LIM-ARN) is the longest flight (distance wise) they ever performed and the last (GIG-OSL) is the first time Brazil and Norway have been connected, the first time SAS went back to GIG in 20+ years and the first time they visited NSA (Natal).
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:18 am

Jomar777 wrote:
There's the 2 BA flights to Lima too end of March... Interesting that so many British people go there mainly to visit Cuzco and Machupichu but are needing to use either LA or IB... Might not be profitable for a direct flight to LHR or LGW but that was good to see...


Interesting, although BA has for some tike now flown LGW-LIM as a regular scheduled flight.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:46 am

Privilege Style have been operating a good number of repatriation flights.
In the last week, their 767 EC-LZO has visited LHR from both FLL and MIA (this morning, already departed for MAD).
LHR is seeing a number of interesting downsized equipment changes: JAL 789s (instead of 77Ws), SIA A359s (instead of A380s, 77Ws), UAE 77Ws (instead A380s)
LHR is also getting AFL 77Ws operating cargo flights.
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:47 am

VN looking to operate repatriation flight HAN/JFK/ORD/VDO at the end of April with a A350-900.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:13 pm

Aeroflot operating AMS-LHR with B773 routing SVO-AMS-LHR-SVO on Apr 10, 2020:

- SU2551 AMS 13.54 - LHR 13.50 B777-3M0ER VQ-BQE

https://www.flightradar24.com/AFL2551/2457e005
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:55 pm

SAS operated a repatriation flight to Natal, Brazil, using one of their A350-900 (SE-RSB).
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:03 pm

SWISS flew AKL-BKK-ZRH the other day on a 77W.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:07 pm

Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.


3340/3341 and 3342/3343 are flights for mail and cargo. The 3340/3341 rotation is daily, whilst 3342/3343 is a supporting rotation four times a week. For the time being, they will fly until mid-April. Other supporting flights, such as 3339/3339 ORD-FRA-ATL with an overnight in FRA may also be continued.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:49 pm

A quick glance at Chinese airspace most times of day will reveal interesting cargo flights. Russian TU-204Fs, IL76s, An124s flying in and out of various cities. WizzAir A320s/321s have been flying 3-4 aircraft in line to chinese cities. SmartLynx A320s, GetJet A333, Tarom 737s all the way to Shenzhen, Air Plus Ultra 346, Iranian and 4L registered 747-200Fs. Wamos have been flying their 747-400s to/from Manila for a couple of weeks and one of their A330-200s visited Hong Kong too. There was a Tunisian Air Force C-130J in HK the other day and the Kuwaiti Air Force C-17 was in Guangzhou. Italian Airforce 762 in Shenzhen with Neos 789s and a couple of Iberia A330-200s.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm

AntonioMartin wrote:
Im wondering if I should venture out to PHX to see any one-off aircraft?...I mean me being diabetic and all...


Don't waste your time. According to the Phoenix Aviation thread, there's just parked a/c, IIRC mostly AA and WN and I think it was said a couple of 1 or 2 other airlines too. Not aware of any oddball one-off flights/aircraft. And what does your being diabetic have to do with anything? I don't get it.
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:58 pm

leleko747 wrote:
SAS operated a repatriation flight to Natal, Brazil, using one of their A350-900 (SE-RSB).


I'm quite surprised that repat. flights are still going on. This COVID-19 disaster has been with us for quite some time now, and given the hundreds of grounded aircraft, rustling some up for such flights should be easy enough that I'd think those needing to get home would be by now. I wonder why there's still people out there needing such flights?
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:01 pm

ET operated MPM-CNF with the 788 on March 26th and April 4th and with the 772 on the 8th. These flights were chartered by Vale and were bringing back Brazilian workers stationed in Mozambique. One or two more flights are to be operated.

Eastern operated LAX-SAN-GRU with their 763 on April 4th

SK operated CPH-NAT-GIG with a 359
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:10 pm

Found this on another forum:
Garuda Indonesia will fly to Brazil for the first time on a special flight


The airline Garuda Indonesia will make its first operation to Brazil next week, on a special repatriation flight. The Brazilian Embassy in Bangkok reported today (09/4) that it hired the company to carry out a repatriation flight, which will rescue Brazilians stranded in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The equipment has not yet been confirmed, but it must be a Boeing 777-300ER from Garuda or some of its Airbus A330-200 / 300/900. The initial route should be Jakarta - Bangkok - Hanoi - Guarulhos, with a technical stop in Africa between the capital of North Vietnam and São Paulo.

The cost of this flight will be paid by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which informed that the luggage limit will be 30 kg divided into two pieces. The flight will depart on the 16th or 17th of Jakarta.

https://www.aeroin.net/garuda-indonesia-voara-brasil-primeira-vez/


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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:25 pm

Does anyone know what all the LH activity between BKK and Australia and NZ is? A380s and 748s. LH9980, LH9918, etc
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:34 pm

CantbeGrounded wrote:
Does anyone know what all the LH activity between BKK and Australia and NZ is? A380s and 748s. LH9980, LH9918, etc


Repatriation flights going to NZ/Australia. Bangkok is their refueling point.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:36 pm

CantbeGrounded wrote:
Does anyone know what all the LH activity between BKK and Australia and NZ is? A380s and 748s. LH9980, LH9918, etc


These are repatriation flights from ANZ back to Europe -- Germany/Belgium/Netherlands/France/Italy are collaborating to repatriate their citizens so different airlines are working different areas. More information on the NZ operation here: https://thepointsguy.com/news/lufthansa ... w-zealand/
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:40 pm

DividedSky wrote:
CantbeGrounded wrote:
Does anyone know what all the LH activity between BKK and Australia and NZ is? A380s and 748s. LH9980, LH9918, etc


These are repatriation flights from ANZ back to Europe -- Germany/Belgium/Netherlands/France/Italy are collaborating to repatriate their citizens so different airlines are working different areas. More information on the NZ operation here: https://thepointsguy.com/news/lufthansa ... w-zealand/


That's cool, thank you both.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:50 pm

SLC is the HQ for the Mormon church they chartered a bunch of ET flights from Africa to SLC recently
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:21 pm

Gathered a list of unusual flights operated in the last few weeks

Austrian:
VIE-SCL-EZE-VIE, VIE-MNL-HAN-VIE, VIE-SYD-PEN-VIE, VIE-KUL-CHC-AKL-KUL-VIE, VIE-MEX-CUN-VIE, VIE-ABV, VIE-LIM

LOT Polish Airlines:
WAW-BKK-SIN-SYD-SIN-WAW, WAW-CUN-VRA-WAW, WAW-CUN-LIM, WAW-CPT-ZNZ-WAW, WAW-SIN-CEB-MNL-SIN-WAW, WAW-CMB-GOI-DEL-WAW, WAW-EZE

Swiss:
ZRH-SCL, ZRH-BKK-AKL, ZRH-BKK-VTE-ZRH

Edelweiss Air:
ZRH-UIO-PUJ-ZRH, ZRH-HKT-SYD, ZRH-GOI-DXB-ZRH, ZRH-SJO-GUA, ZRH-PNH, ZRH-RGN, ZRH-DLA, ZRH-LIM

El Al:
TLV-BOG, TLV-LIM, TLV-MEL, TLV-PER, TLV-PVG, TLV-ICN

Nepal Airlines
KTM-KUL-BNE

Alitalia:
FCO-OVB-PVG, FCO-MPM, FCO-GOI

Scandinavian Airlines
CPH-LIM, CPH-NAT-GIG-OSL, ARN-LIM

Hainan Airlines:
PVG-BRU-CCS-BRU-PEK

Biman Bangladesh Airlines:
DAC-NRT

British Airways:
LHR-LIM, LHR-MNL

Air New Zealand:
AKL-YVR-FRA, CHC-YVR-FRA

Royal Air Maroc:
CMN-ICN, CMN-CAN

South African Airways:
CPT-FRA-JNB, CPT-MUC-JNB, JNB-CPT-GRU-JNB, CPT-BRU

KLM:
AMS-KUL-SYD, AMS-RUN-CPT

Fiji Airways:
NAN-SLC-LAX-NAN

Etihad Airways
AUH-SDQ-BOG-AMS-AUH

Aeromexico:
MEX-NRT-PVG-MEX

Virgin Atlantic:
BNE-AKL-HKG-CDG
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:30 pm

Danish Air Transport operated ACC-LOS-HME-BLL-OSL with one of their A320s yesterday (April 9)
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:57 pm

afterburner33 wrote:
The Austrian B772 repatriation flight which went VIE-KUL-CHC-AKL-KUL-VIE. I can't imagine OS have ever been to New Zealand before.


They missed a grand opportunity by not making that VIE-KUL-CHC-WLG-AKL-KUL-VIE. Bringing the OS B772 into WLG (preferably when there are southerlies) would have been a totally unique sight.

(just kidding, of course)
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:38 pm

I've seen TPA, ETH or QTR running almost daily flights between Liege, Belgium and Miami, USA. Don't remember seeing those flights before this mess started.
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:48 pm

CX Flyboy wrote:
Wamos have been flying their 747-400s to/from Manila for a couple of weeks and one of their A330-200s visited Hong Kong too.

Mainly to bring cruise ships' crews home.....

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/18673 ... epatriated

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https://globalnation.inquirer.net/files ... 20x465.jpg


Previously, Wamos also flew COVID-exposed ship's crew at OAK from SFO to CRK.....

https://youtu.be/qR70s52Auow
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:53 pm

One I noticed that's not a one-off flight is that Air Greenland is now operating a DHC-8-200 from GOH (Nuuk, Greenland) to CPH via KEF. Thats about 8:30 flight time plus 30-45 minutes on the ground in KEF. A total of 2,210sm (GOH-KEF is 874sm, and KEF-CPH is 1337sm). The return flight takes even longer due to headwinds, with yesterday's CPH-KEF sector taking a whopping 5 hours 49 minutes. The flight numbers are GRL6780 and GRL6779. It is my understanding that this service has replaced the A330 service from SFJ to CPH, and is currently Greenland's only link to the outside world (correct me if I am wrong).

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Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:10 pm

TWA902fly wrote:
One I noticed that's not a one-off flight is that Air Greenland is now operating a DHC-8-200 from GOH (Nuuk, Greenland) to CPH via KEF. Thats about 8:30 flight time plus 30-45 minutes on the ground in KEF. A total of 2,210sm (GOH-KEF is 874sm, and KEF-CPH is 1337sm). The return flight takes even longer due to headwinds, with yesterday's CPH-KEF sector taking a whopping 5 hours 49 minutes. The flight numbers are GRL6780 and GRL6779. It is my understanding that this service has replaced the A330 service from SFJ to CPH, and is currently Greenland's only link to the outside world (correct me if I am wrong).

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Not really, the "direct" flight via KEF to GOH is to bring Corona Virus Samples to CPH, there is at least still service to Thule and maybe Søndre Stømfjord.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:12 pm

AC has been running a NRT-PVG tag off their YYZ-NRT cargo flights. AC7155/7156
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:14 pm

Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.



Ishrion wrote:
drdisque wrote:
Ishrion wrote:

Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.


I don't recall Delta sending two flights on the same evening before.


Looks like it happened yesterday, today, and two more flights tomorrow evening.

https://flightaware.com/live/findflight ... nation=fra


Dalmd88 wrote:
I think the Delta cargo flights have empty cabins. As for the SLC flight, I would bet it was a charter, The Mormon Church has been bringing missionaries home from all over the world. I would bet the SYD flight would be from all the South Pacific Islands.


Thanks for the insights, I really appreciate it! I had checked the flight history for the other two routes, I can't believe I didn't check on DL's ORD-FRA. I wonder if it is all USPS who is driving the Chicago cargo route or a mix of customers. USPS has reported that mail volume is down by a 1/3 and projections for June trend further down by half.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:31 pm

djack wrote:
Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.



Ishrion wrote:
drdisque wrote:

I don't recall Delta sending two flights on the same evening before.


Looks like it happened yesterday, today, and two more flights tomorrow evening.

https://flightaware.com/live/findflight ... nation=fra


Dalmd88 wrote:
I think the Delta cargo flights have empty cabins. As for the SLC flight, I would bet it was a charter, The Mormon Church has been bringing missionaries home from all over the world. I would bet the SYD flight would be from all the South Pacific Islands.


Thanks for the insights, I really appreciate it! I had checked the flight history for the other two routes, I can't believe I didn't check on DL's ORD-FRA. I wonder if it is all USPS who is driving the Chicago cargo route or a mix of customers. USPS has reported that mail volume is down by a 1/3 and projections for June trend further down by half.


USPS must have a hugely enormous backlog right now.

Myself ordered some parts from the United States to Russia from Spruce. It's been at the sorting facility in the states since the 29th. So coming on two weeks now. All those parcels were flown in belly cargo and even USPS's demand falls 50%, their ability to deliver (Pax flights) fell what, like 95%?

Maybe they should think about chartering a few IL76's or AN124's or C17's (purely cargo aircraft) to try to cover the backlog?
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:27 am

tu204 wrote:
djack wrote:
Ishrion wrote:

Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.



Ishrion wrote:

Looks like it happened yesterday, today, and two more flights tomorrow evening.

https://flightaware.com/live/findflight ... nation=fra


Dalmd88 wrote:
I think the Delta cargo flights have empty cabins. As for the SLC flight, I would bet it was a charter, The Mormon Church has been bringing missionaries home from all over the world. I would bet the SYD flight would be from all the South Pacific Islands.


Thanks for the insights, I really appreciate it! I had checked the flight history for the other two routes, I can't believe I didn't check on DL's ORD-FRA. I wonder if it is all USPS who is driving the Chicago cargo route or a mix of customers. USPS has reported that mail volume is down by a 1/3 and projections for June trend further down by half.


USPS must have a hugely enormous backlog right now.

Myself ordered some parts from the United States to Russia from Spruce. It's been at the sorting facility in the states since the 29th. So coming on two weeks now. All those parcels were flown in belly cargo and even USPS's demand falls 50%, their ability to deliver (Pax flights) fell what, like 95%?

Maybe they should think about chartering a few IL76's or AN124's or C17's (purely cargo aircraft) to try to cover the backlog?



Hong Kong post isn't even accepting airmail for postage at the moment, unless we use "speedpost", which is their version of a more expensive express delivery. Their airmail center is totally full and they have been using the Cathay pacific Cargo terminal next door, as well as Cathay staff to help them process it all.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:29 am

Melb94 wrote:
Gathered a list of unusual flights operated in the last few weeks


Virgin Atlantic:
BNE-AKL-HKG-CDG


Should be Virgin Australia. Their first flight of the series just departed HK. Interestingly, Virgin Australia recently ceased flights to HK (because of bad loads - not necessarily because of the virus), although they only ever used A332s for those MEL and SYD flights.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:36 am

cathay747 wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
Im wondering if I should venture out to PHX to see any one-off aircraft?...I mean me being diabetic and all...


Don't waste your time. According to the Phoenix Aviation thread, there's just parked a/c, IIRC mostly AA and WN and I think it was said a couple of 1 or 2 other airlines too. Not aware of any oddball one-off flights/aircraft. And what does your being diabetic have to do with anything? I don't get it.


Diabetics are a high risk group for death from COVID-19.
 
Lofty
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:55 am

Some of the one off flights are caring passengers who were passengers and crew from Cruse Ships who were at sea during the lock down and have been looking for a dock to take them.
Also many are carrying supplies and believe it or not Mail, BA are clearing the backlog of mail by loading them in the overhead lockers in the cabins as well as in the holds.
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:43 pm

FCAFLYBOY wrote:
Jomar777 wrote:
There's the 2 BA flights to Lima too end of March... Interesting that so many British people go there mainly to visit Cuzco and Machupichu but are needing to use either LA or IB... Might not be profitable for a direct flight to LHR or LGW but that was good to see...


Interesting, although BA has for some tike now flown LGW-LIM as a regular scheduled flight.


Only as a seasonal... and then we have two aircrafts at almost the same time... English Buses... ;-)
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:56 am

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Diabetics are a high risk group for death from COVID-19.[/quote]
Bingo!
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:21 pm

I just read that SAS was going to fly to Banjul in Gambia tomorrow. Wouldn't that be a first for SAS? I know they have flown to countries in Africa before, but I don't think I have ever seen them fly to Gambia? Does anyone in here know?

The flight will operate as SK7030/SK7031, just like their repatriation flights to Lima and Rio did, so nothing new there. However rumor has it, that it will be an A330 this time, instead of the A350's the flew to Lima and Rio.
Flown: A319, A320, A320neo, A321, A330, A340, A350, ATR72, B737, B777, CRJ900
 
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Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:32 am

Just a few days ago DL has been flying the A350-900 between HNL and UTP in Thailand as a military charter, and possibly the first appearance of the US3 since 2016 when DL ceased the NRT-BKK flights back in 2016.

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