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If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:05 pm

In the US at least, long distance trains used to have great names, like California Zephyr. Even today, Amtrak has trains like the Crescent (NY to New Orleans) or the Palmetto (NY to I think Charleston SC). Of course there used to be the Orient Express in Europe.

I always thought it would be cool if airlines did that. You'd still have a flight # but the route could be called something cool.
So what would be great names for some routes. I've added the following.

NY - Atlanta The Empire Run
Houston - New Orleans The blue bayou
London - Perth The Kangaroo (of course!)
Toronto - Vancouver The flying maple
London - Singapore The Raffles
LA - Honolulu The Kahuna

any other good names?
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:07 pm

This is something I have thought about for some time. I see I am not alone.

Going back many decades, when one airline (United?) flew a valley hopper from Monterey down to Los Angeles and beyond, call that one the Pacific Daylight, in honor of a train that did about the same thing. (I think AirWest, and Pacific Airways did the same later on.)

The San Diegan would be obvious.

The Chief and Super-Chief to Chicago and NYC.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:12 pm

I think back in the day with trains it was all brand new and marketing enjoyed evoking a kind of fantasy. Although the routes were named, I think most associated the name with the Train itself. Individual trains often embarked on long journeys stopping in many more places along the way than aircraft do (so it would seem a name would lend itself best to depict a route, from a Start point to an End point, which for trains were more permanent and not easy to change like airline routes). I think the airline equivalent is naming certain aircraft, such as American's Luxury Liner, for example, which I believe were labeled on their DC-10's But....I think it would be interesting for airlines to nickname some Trunk routes that are mainstays, as you are suggesting. The NY-Atlanta from a different perspective above can be called: The Peach Shuttle!
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:16 pm

Conviasa's Tehran to Venezuela flight is known as the Uranium Express, although that definitely isn't an official title!

Also I knew I remembered reading a very interesting thread on this a while ago... Googled it, and sure enough:

https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=129167

Although now I feel super old - it was 19 years ago! Would be interesting to know if there are any more recent named routes.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:32 pm

What about the Kangaroo Route for London-Sydney? I know it refers to the number of stops ('Hops') it used to make, but I think the name has stuck through today.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:30 am

The "Houston Express" by SonAir between IAH and LAD (Luanda - Angola).
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:50 am

Historically Qantas have named routes

Kangaroo Route - Australia to Europe via SE Asia

Southern Cross Route - Australia to Europe via North America

Fiesta Route - Australia to Europe via Mexico/Caribbean

Wallaby Route - Australia to South Africa

Secret Order of the Double Sunrise - Perth to Ceylon nonstop by Catalina flying boat and later Lancastrian during WW2 and the immediate post war years.

More recently I've heard of (although not officially from QF)

Falcon Route - Australia to UK via Dubai

Quokka Route - Perth to UK nonstop

TEAL (forerunner of Air New Zealand) had

Coral Route - New Zealand to Tahiti via Fiji, Samoa and Cook Islands.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:23 am

At some point in I think the late 90's VS tried naming their routes, it didn't last long.
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:37 pm

Think I only got one I can think of
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Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:29 pm

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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:21 pm

At Continental we had a day trip return to Nassau from EWR, we were there long enough to require a day room at a local hotel which was right on the beach


This trip was known as ‘the burn turn’ for good reason
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Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:11 pm

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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:17 am

Didn't Braniff run 'The Braniff Rocket' between DFW-IAH like 17 times a day back in the day? Does Northwest Orient's 'Polar Route' to Japan count as well?

Great topic.
 
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Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:45 am

Boston and DC ‘shuttle’s’ from LGA and EWR
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:08 pm

SJC-AUS is commonly called "The Nerd Bird" for serving the route between two major tech centers.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:15 pm

There was also the "champagne route" from Australia to South Africa MANY years ago, but that may have been only an QF/SAA internal name for aforementioned "Wallaby Route".
 
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Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:47 pm

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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:21 am

SFO-PSP was referred to internally as The Rainbow Shuttle
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:59 pm

British United Airways (1960’s/1970’s) operate the ‘The Silver Arrow’ service:
London Victoria (train) - London Gatwick (aeroplane) - Le Touquet (train) - Paris Gare Du Nord. (To compete with the rail - Golden Arrow service?

Also their UK Domestic Services were sold as ‘Interjet’ services operated by the BAC 1-11
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:25 pm

LH's SFO-FRA: The Bangalore Express
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:53 pm

EA's late night JFK-SJU L1011 flight was referred to internally as the "Roach Coach" but marketed as "Whisperliner" service offering night coach or deluxe night coach fares. Deluxe night coach was a fare (FN) to fly in F. Night coach was YN.
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:31 pm

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Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:39 pm

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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:30 pm

New York Central railroad had the Water Level Route to Chicago. Maybe AA could name LGA to CLT flights the Water Level Route in memory of US 1549.
 
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Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:04 pm

IBZ-LPL the flight of shame?

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