BENAir01
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Weirdest flights?

Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:56 pm

What are the weirdest scheduled flights, in any sense, that you have come across?
I’ll give a few examples:
The RAF A330 from Brize Norton to Mount Pleasent in the Falklands via Ascension Island.
LATAM SCL-PUQ-MPN And SCL-IPC-PPT
The Airlink flight to HLE.
These ones a little less so but the daytime flights on AA and LATAM from MIA-South America and back
And the VA daytime flight from LAX-BNE.
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:18 pm

Not sure why daytime flights to South America or Australia are weird. But, to each their own.

Santiago-IPC-PPT makes sense. Easter Island is a bucket list tourist destination for a bazillion folks across the globe. Right now, Latam is your only way of flying out there. Given the fares they charge and the loads they carry, it prints money for them and the next door neighbor.
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:37 pm

I know it's no longer operated, but around 2009-10 Conviasa and Iran Air operated CCS-DAM-IKA with their A342 and 747SP respectively. The real purpose of the route was never known (there was clearly no market), but the motive was most probably political (Chávez and Ahmadinejad were good friends). There were even rumours about suspicious payload in the DAM-IKA leg. In my opinion, this have to be one of the weirdiest and bizarre regular flights ever scheduled.
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:50 am

I was always wondering about the purpose of the Air Koryo flight to Kuwait (FNJ-KWI). They used to operate it with a T204 and a technical stop for refueling somewhere.
I think they stopped like in 2015 or something like that but with JS you never know.
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:43 am

trijetsonly wrote:
I was always wondering about the purpose of the Air Koryo flight to Kuwait (FNJ-KWI). They used to operate it with a T204 and a technical stop for refueling somewhere.
I think they stopped like in 2015 or something like that but with JS you never know.


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Re: Weirdest flights?

Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:01 am

FlyRow wrote:
trijetsonly wrote:
I was always wondering about the purpose of the Air Koryo flight to Kuwait (FNJ-KWI). They used to operate it with a T204 and a technical stop for refueling somewhere.
I think they stopped like in 2015 or something like that but with JS you never know.


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most likely yes. It is rumoured that also a number of North Koreans is building the football stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

I have seen that flight on the departure table in Pyongjang in 2010 and it didn't mention a tech stop. According to wiki (for what it's worth), if that Tu204 is equipped with the PS90-A2 engines, it might even do that route nonstop.
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:53 pm

OlafW wrote:
I have seen that flight on the departure table in Pyongjang in 2010 and it didn't mention a tech stop.


I recall seeing it on radar stopping in Pakistan for fuel once or twice, but as it's only a fuel stop they likely don't need to advertise it as 'via XYZ' on the display screens. I've dispatched 757s that made scheduled fuel stops between Canada and Eastern Europe, and the midpoint was never listed or shown on screens.
 
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:30 am

OlafW wrote:
FlyRow wrote:
trijetsonly wrote:
I was always wondering about the purpose of the Air Koryo flight to Kuwait (FNJ-KWI). They used to operate it with a T204 and a technical stop for refueling somewhere.
I think they stopped like in 2015 or something like that but with JS you never know.


Worker/slave/cheap labour - transfer?


most likely yes. It is rumoured that also a number of North Koreans is building the football stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

I have seen that flight on the departure table in Pyongjang in 2010 and it didn't mention a tech stop. According to wiki (for what it's worth), if that Tu204 is equipped with the PS90-A2 engines, it might even do that route nonstop.


The North Korea Embassy in Kuwait has carried out many construction projects in Kuwait like Schools, Hospitals, Bridges etc... And the only way to fly the workers to Kuwait and out was Air Koryo, Kuwait government was extremely satisfied with the efficiency of the North Korean contractors they were not the cheapest but as i said earlier very efficient, Of course Kuwait now has suspended all ties with North Korea due the UN sanctions and pressure from the US.
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:01 am

I have done the SCL-IPC flight, but regret not being able to go the rest of the way to PPT. The fuel charges in IPC are so high that LAN/LATAM carry enough fuel for both directions.

Another weird one that is not often discussed is LAX to RAR, rode that in 2013 with my wife. Great little oddball flight on Air New Zealand, we were possibly the only Americans, it was filled with Canadians who connected off AC.

The rest are just old fashioned tag flights. AC EZE-SCL, CX YVR-JFK, the former UA 777 flight from Kuwait to Bahrain...all of like 300 miles...Egyptair BKK to KUL.

One odd(ish) flight id like to do is the former SATA Boston-Azores service. US-Lusophone Speaking country flights are generally ignored and off the radar. EWR-OPO for example on TAP.

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Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:07 pm

Greenlandair's short lived BWI service was pretty odd too, I thought. a 757 that operated to either Sondre Stromfjord or Nuuk .. I forget which.
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:45 pm

Around ten years ago, I remember NW loading (but then ultimately not operating) DFW-LGA as a weird retaliation attempt against AA for adding MSP-LGA.

I always think it's interesting when LGA gets a Saturday service out of perimeter. This winter UA is doing Saturday LGA-MTJ, which is extra weird since you'd think it would be AA or DL (but UA does a lot of ski flights out of DEN so at least it's not totally absurd).

DL still has some random DCA flights to non-hubs. They used to have a lot more before the DCA/LGA AA/DL slot swap, but they still have DCA-LEX, DCA-MIA, DCA-MSN, and DCA-OMA. If these were AA they'd make sense but I think the DOJ or DOT or whoever wouldn't let them offload everything for antitrust reasons so they kept these ones, plus their hubs and focus cities.

DL has two Las Vegas oddballs: LAS-SJC and LAS-SNA. Neither of them are weird routes per se (WN flies them constantly), but it's weird that DL flies them.
 
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:10 pm

I always thought the SHV to LAS route was a bit unusual as Shreveport/Bossier is known for its casinos.
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:37 pm

trijetsonly wrote:
I was always wondering about the purpose of the Air Koryo flight to Kuwait (FNJ-KWI). They used to operate it with a T204 and a technical stop for refueling somewhere.
I think they stopped like in 2015 or something like that but with JS you never know.

Fuel stop was Islamabad / Pakistan.
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:01 pm

I know Wizz operates to some smaller Eastern European destinations, but I always thought that operating London Luton to Kutaisi, Georgia, was particularly unusual!
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:40 pm

Also a bit on the strange side: Lydd (UK) to Le Touquet (France). No connections on either side and just a short hop across the Channel. Still would like to try it once...
 
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Re: Weirdest flights?

Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:12 pm

Vasu wrote:
I know Wizz operates to some smaller Eastern European destinations, but I always thought that operating London Luton to Kutaisi, Georgia, was particularly unusual!


Well, it was just started as the only link from Georgia to the UK, using Kutaisi as it is the low-cost gateway to Georgia (but far from Batumi and Tbilisi that are the main cities). Then Georgian Airways followed and launched London Gatwick to Tbilisi.

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