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Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:35 pm

Was thinking about some regularly scheduled routes from carriers that would be surprising to many. A couple of examples, I will use NW as have more knowledge than I do with some other carriers.

1) NW used to fly JFK to CPH, I think might also might have flown Stockholm from JFK or Oslo as well.
2) When they launched SFO to NRT nonstop, it originated at DFW. I know NRT was always big from them. Was surprising to see the DFW tag with minimal presence in TX. Not sure if was same 747 the whole way and didn't last long, but DFW to SFO was definitely an outlier.

I am sure there are many other regularly scheduled routes that were flown, Thought this might be a fun one.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:54 pm

What make a route surprising ? Is it just a route that one person didn't know about ?
Just current routes, or are we going to go back through ten or more years or history ?

If you want a really surprising route, you could try Pan Am's "Long way round", shortly after Pearl Harbour

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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:13 pm

Well, it's entirely subject as what made sense back then - might not make sense at all looking at it from the prospective of 2021.

This TWA route map from 1994 comes to mind.

http://www.departedflights.com/TW070194.html
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:53 pm

Some examples:

-NW did fly to KUL via NRT at one point of time and almost launched NRT-CGK too.
-TG once flew to bizarre destinations, including NOU, CNS, DUS, and JHG.
-GA used to fly CGK-SOQ-GUM-HNL-LAX during the 1980s and 1990s.
-MH once flew bizarre routes to the Americas, like KUL-CPT-EZE and KUL-ARN-EWR.
-RG flew GRU-GIG-JNB-BKK-HKG during the 1980s and 1990s with MD-11s and 747s.
-V0 (Conviasa) actually flies CCS-DAM-IKA with an A340-200.
-At one point of time, EK used to fly DXB-RGN-PNH with a 77W/77L.
-For some time, TP flew LIS-BKK-MFM but it was terminated quickly.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:08 pm

stlgph wrote:
Well, it's entirely subject as what made sense back then - might not make sense at all looking at it from the prospective of 2021.

This TWA route map from 1994 comes to mind.

http://www.departedflights.com/TW070194.html

That TW route map actually isn't unreasonable given the aircraft at the time and TWs historic dependence on CDG.

What the OP is getting at, specifically with their NW story, was NW was never big in Texas and competed fiercely with UA in the Pacific from their stronghold in SFO. So for NW to offer DFW-SFO-NRT (AA hub with nonstop to NRT-UA fortress-NW hub) is a little off the wall for NW to operate. Also SFO-NRT did stick around a little bit after the DL merger.

It would be like UA today offering IAH-ANC-ICN on a 757.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:36 pm

In the 90s, EVA Air flew to PTY. I believe it was via LAX and operated with the 747 400 combi.
I know that there was the shipping link between their parent company, Evergreen, and the Panama Canal, but still always stuck me a unique/cool route.

Malaysia Airlines also flew to MEX. KUL-TPE-LAX-MEX with the 747 400.
 
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Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:56 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
stlgph wrote:
Well, it's entirely subject as what made sense back then - might not make sense at all looking at it from the prospective of 2021.

This TWA route map from 1994 comes to mind.

http://www.departedflights.com/TW070194.html

That TW route map actually isn't unreasonable given the aircraft at the time and TWs historic dependence on CDG.

What the OP is getting at, specifically with their NW story, was NW was never big in Texas and competed fiercely with UA in the Pacific from their stronghold in SFO. So for NW to offer DFW-SFO-NRT (AA hub with nonstop to NRT-UA fortress-NW hub) is a little off the wall for NW to operate. Also SFO-NRT did stick around a little bit after the DL merger.

It would be like UA today offering IAH-ANC-ICN on a 757.


I wasn't talking specifically about Paris.

Vegas - Phoenix?
Allentown to Baltimore?
Indianapolis - Minneapolis?

etc etc.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:53 am

NZ flew AKL-DFW via HNL or PPT weekly on a 742 from 1987/89.

ALso AKL-FUK/NGO in the 1990s 2000s.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:31 am

Air China on IAH-PTY just before the pandemic was an odd one.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:49 am

alggag wrote:
Air China on IAH-PTY just before the pandemic was an odd one.


Similarly, Korean Air flew LAX to GRU for at least a few years. Also started thinking about NW and PHX in the 80's. I believe they flew PHX-SAN, PHX - TUS and PHX - LAS. IAD - PHX and CLE, trying to kind of replicate what they were doing in TPA with a small hub
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:06 pm

ZK-NBT wrote:
NZ flew AKL-DFW via HNL or PPT weekly on a 742 from 1987/89.

ALso AKL-FUK/NGO in the 1990s 2000s.


The full routing was actually AKL-PPT-DFW-LGW-FRA-LAX-AKL iirc, HNL was used instead of PPT for the last season iirc. There was a AKL-LAX-LGW-DFW-PPT-AKL so it was served both ways DFW. FRA was served 1987/2001 via LAX with stops also in HNL or NAN sometimes.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:38 pm

At one point Qantas operated the ‘Fiesta Route’

Sydney - Nadi - Papeete - Acapulco - Mexico City - Nassau - Bermuda - London

They don’t make them lake that anymore :sun:
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:18 pm

DL flew Atlanta-Kuwait City in around 2008-2010 but I have heard it was extremely short lived. I may have also heard that only certain people were allowed to go on this flight, though I am not sure of that. Someone more educated can probably inform you more about this route.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:28 pm

Back in the 1970s BOAC ( and later BA) had a route Jo’burg - Seychelles- Colombo - Hong Kong not actually touching home turf at all.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:38 am

jumpjets wrote:
Back in the 1970s BOAC ( and later BA) had a route Jo’burg - Seychelles- Colombo - Hong Kong not actually touching home turf at all.


Hong Kong was a British colony, so it actually was sort of touching home turf. BOAC had an SFO-HKG route with several stops also.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:33 am

TheEuphorian wrote:
Some examples:

-NW did fly to KUL via NRT at one point of time and almost launched NRT-CGK too.
-TG once flew to bizarre destinations, including NOU, CNS, DUS, and JHG.
-GA used to fly CGK-SOQ-GUM-HNL-LAX during the 1980s and 1990s.
-MH once flew bizarre routes to the Americas, like KUL-CPT-EZE and KUL-ARN-EWR.
-RG flew GRU-GIG-JNB-BKK-HKG during the 1980s and 1990s with MD-11s and 747s.
-V0 (Conviasa) actually flies CCS-DAM-IKA with an A340-200.
-At one point of time, EK used to fly DXB-RGN-PNH with a 77W/77L.
-For some time, TP flew LIS-BKK-MFM but it was terminated quickly.


I think the MH route was actually KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE. Even more bizarre.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:00 am

DELTA | Augusta - Savannah
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad
AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana
IBERIA | Miami - Cancun
Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh
Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam
TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG
QANTAS | Brisbane - Seoul
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
PAN AM | Frankfurt - Istanbul
Austrian | Washington/Dulles - Vienna
DELTA | Dublin - Shannon
Air France Dedicate | Paris - Kish Island
DELTA | Tokyo/Narita - Palau
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay
Lufthansa | Seoul - Busan
Thai | Bangkok - Seattle
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
SAUDIA | Washington/Dulles - JFK
Swissair | Washington/Dulles - Philadelphia
Continental | Guam - Cairns
American | San Jose, California - Tokyo
Alaska | Anchorage - Vladivostok
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang
Air France | Paris - Djibouti
Lufthansa | Washington/Dulles - Berlin
SAS | Houston/Intercontinental - Stavanger
British Airways | JFK - Birmingham
British Airways | JFK - Glasgow
Malaysia | Cape Town - Buenos Aires
TAAG | Luanda - Havana
Emirates | JFK - Hamburg
Air Koryo | P’yongyang - Kuwait
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon
Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Hawaiian | Los Angeles - Las Vegas
America West | Nagoya - Honolulu
Continental | Houston/IAH - Houston/EFD
Continental | Saipan - Seoul
Air Canada | Medicine Hat - Cambridge Bay
Air Jamaica | Los Angeles - Montego Bay
KOREAN AIR | Seoul - Nairobi

That’s all for now. =)
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:04 am

AirAfreak wrote:
DELTA | Augusta - Savannah
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad
AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana
IBERIA | Miami - Cancun
Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh
Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam
TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG
QANTAS | Brisbane - Seoul
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
PAN AM | Frankfurt - Istanbul
Austrian | Washington/Dulles - Vienna
DELTA | Dublin - Shannon
Air France Dedicate | Paris - Kish Island
DELTA | Tokyo/Narita - Palau
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay
Lufthansa | Seoul - Busan
Thai | Bangkok - Seattle
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
SAUDIA | Washington/Dulles - JFK
Swissair | Washington/Dulles - Philadelphia
Continental | Guam - Cairns
American | San Jose, California - Tokyo
Alaska | Anchorage - Vladivostok
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang
Air France | Paris - Djibouti
Lufthansa | Washington/Dulles - Berlin
SAS | Houston/Intercontinental - Stavanger
British Airways | JFK - Birmingham
British Airways | JFK - Glasgow
Malaysia | Cape Town - Buenos Aires
TAAG | Luanda - Havana
Emirates | JFK - Hamburg
Air Koryo | P’yongyang - Kuwait
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon
Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Hawaiian | Los Angeles - Las Vegas
America West | Nagoya - Honolulu
Continental | Houston/IAH - Houston/EFD
Continental | Saipan - Seoul
Air Canada | Medicine Hat - Cambridge Bay
Air Jamaica | Los Angeles - Montego Bay
KOREAN AIR | Seoul - Nairobi

That’s all for now. =)

IIRC TG's BKK-SEA flight even had a tag on to DFW.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:25 am

Surprised no one mentioned SATA to Oakland from the Azores until now. I know the VFR reasons for the route, but still a odd link to have.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:37 pm

AirAfreak wrote:
DELTA | Augusta - Savannah
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad
AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana
IBERIA | Miami - Cancun
Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh
Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam
TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG
QANTAS | Brisbane - Seoul
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
PAN AM | Frankfurt - Istanbul
Austrian | Washington/Dulles - Vienna
DELTA | Dublin - Shannon
Air France Dedicate | Paris - Kish Island
DELTA | Tokyo/Narita - Palau
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay
Lufthansa | Seoul - Busan
Thai | Bangkok - Seattle
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
SAUDIA | Washington/Dulles - JFK
Swissair | Washington/Dulles - Philadelphia
Continental | Guam - Cairns
American | San Jose, California - Tokyo
Alaska | Anchorage - Vladivostok
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang
Air France | Paris - Djibouti
Lufthansa | Washington/Dulles - Berlin
SAS | Houston/Intercontinental - Stavanger
British Airways | JFK - Birmingham
British Airways | JFK - Glasgow
Malaysia | Cape Town - Buenos Aires
TAAG | Luanda - Havana
Emirates | JFK - Hamburg
Air Koryo | P’yongyang - Kuwait
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon
Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Hawaiian | Los Angeles - Las Vegas
America West | Nagoya - Honolulu
Continental | Houston/IAH - Houston/EFD
Continental | Saipan - Seoul
Air Canada | Medicine Hat - Cambridge Bay
Air Jamaica | Los Angeles - Montego Bay
KOREAN AIR | Seoul - Nairobi

That’s all for now. =)

Most of these routes are perfectly logical- what makes them unusual- for you? For example, TAAG LAD-HAV makes perfect sense if you know anything about Angolan history. FYI PPT-Easter Island is flown by LA, not TN. I'm not wanting to nit pick, but please put some thought into the answers. FYI did you know there's a large Korean population in GRU and that's why KE flew there- and it's too far for a one stop so it had to refuel somewhere- in this case, LAX.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:46 pm

All routes were flown for a reason, many of them would have had a good chance of being profitable. The reason a route seems surprising is often because the circumstances for the route to have existed may not be known to everyone today
 
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Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:11 pm

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All routes were flown for a reason, many of them would have had a good chance of being profitable. The reason a route seems surprising is often because the circumstances for the route to have existed may not be known to everyone today

... or the result of a bad education...
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:34 pm

I dont think any of these flights listed are unusual. They make perfect commercial sense for a variety of reasons.

AirAfreak wrote:



Flights/Extensions to serve migrant communities
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Air France | Paris - Djibouti

COMINTERN Flights
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang


Refuelling Stopovers. ANC/SNN were popular choices for stopovers before the 747-400.
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon

Scissor Hubs with alliance carriers
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay

AI had shifted its European hub from LHR to FRA as a cheaper way to extend its Scissor Hub to connect more Indian cities along with partner Lufthansa. These flights went away when 77W's allowed Non Stop to US destinations.

Delta(Northwest) and KLM ran a pool operation to DEL and BOM from US destinations via AMS.

Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete - not a regular service but one off charter.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:01 am

bfitzflyer wrote:
alggag wrote:
Air China on IAH-PTY just before the pandemic was an odd one.


Similarly, Korean Air flew LAX to GRU for at least a few years. Also started thinking about NW and PHX in the 80's. I believe they flew PHX-SAN, PHX - TUS and PHX - LAS. IAD - PHX and CLE, trying to kind of replicate what they were doing in TPA with a small hub


A few airlines back in the day flew PHX-TUS as a tag-on. According to the last NW Orient timetable (pre RC merger) they flew PHX-EWR on 757s. After the merger they flew PHX-SNA (the final leg of doomed Flight 255). I believe PHX-SNA was the last route left over from Hughes Airwest. Another NW route that struck me as odd for some reason was LAX-TPE which ran for a time in the early 90s. LAX-SYD didn’t seem odd to me given that they were a major player in the Pacific and it only made sense for them to try and compete with UA and QF. Also much discussed on here was JFK (later moved to DTW)-OSA-SYD.

Another odd fact: for a time in the 80s the only airline flying LAS-RNO was Eastern.

Someone else mentioned that TG flew a tag-on to DFW from SEA. I think I read on here a long time ago that they also flew SEA-YYZ with an A310.

Air Canada for a time flew YYZ-SIN via LHR and BOM, kind of a unique routing I think. Plus I thought it was cool that SQ flew JFK-SIN via BRU or FRA.
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:36 am

eta unknown wrote:
AirAfreak wrote:
DELTA | Augusta - Savannah
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad
AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana
IBERIA | Miami - Cancun
Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh
Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam
TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG
QANTAS | Brisbane - Seoul
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
PAN AM | Frankfurt - Istanbul
Austrian | Washington/Dulles - Vienna
DELTA | Dublin - Shannon
Air France Dedicate | Paris - Kish Island
DELTA | Tokyo/Narita - Palau
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay
Lufthansa | Seoul - Busan
Thai | Bangkok - Seattle
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
SAUDIA | Washington/Dulles - JFK
Swissair | Washington/Dulles - Philadelphia
Continental | Guam - Cairns
American | San Jose, California - Tokyo
Alaska | Anchorage - Vladivostok
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang
Air France | Paris - Djibouti
Lufthansa | Washington/Dulles - Berlin
SAS | Houston/Intercontinental - Stavanger
British Airways | JFK - Birmingham
British Airways | JFK - Glasgow
Malaysia | Cape Town - Buenos Aires
TAAG | Luanda - Havana
Emirates | JFK - Hamburg
Air Koryo | P’yongyang - Kuwait
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon
Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Hawaiian | Los Angeles - Las Vegas
America West | Nagoya - Honolulu
Continental | Houston/IAH - Houston/EFD
Continental | Saipan - Seoul
Air Canada | Medicine Hat - Cambridge Bay
Air Jamaica | Los Angeles - Montego Bay
KOREAN AIR | Seoul - Nairobi

That’s all for now. =)

Most of these routes are perfectly logical- what makes them unusual- for you? For example, TAAG LAD-HAV makes perfect sense if you know anything about Angolan history. FYI PPT-Easter Island is flown by LA, not TN. I'm not wanting to nit pick, but please put some thought into the answers. FYI did you know there's a large Korean population in GRU and that's why KE flew there- and it's too far for a one stop so it had to refuel somewhere- in this case, LAX.



I was actually being very thoughtful with my answers to share this knowledge with our younger a.net members whom probably never realized a membership fee was once a requirement to participate in the à.net discussion some time ago. I also took a good amount of time with my reply to share my memories of those interesting times, but of course, this is a.net and there is always going to be at least one a.net member whom quickly takes away the spotlight so thank you for being you. Good night.
 
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Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:45 pm

World Airways CHS-LAX DC-10 (1985) twice per week
Pan Am CLT-RDU 72S/737 mid to late 80s
Pan Am CLT-MSY 727 late 80s (CLT-MIA less surprising)
Pan Am CLT-IAD 727 mid 80s
Northwest GCM-MIA DC9 in the 90s
Piedmont PHX-SAN 72S late 80s
Eastern STL-PDX 727 70s and 80s
Aloha RNO-SNA 737 mid 2000s
Lufthansa CLT-IAH tag 747 Combi early 90s (3Xs week)
USAir TPA-GCM 72S early v90s
Piedmont TPA-LAX 733 late 80s
Delta EWR-CLT L10 early to mid 70s (wb southbound)
Eastern RDU-CLT A300 late 70s (wb southbound)
Eastern LGA-RDU A300 late 70s (wb southbound)
United CLT-BHM 727 70s to early 80s
United CLT-MEM 727 70s to early 80s
United BHM-LAX 727 70s to early 80s
USAir AUS-SAT 733/4 early 90s
USAir DFW-SAT 733/4 early 90s
People Express CLT-MCO mid 80s
People Express CLT-PIE mid 80s
Ozark CLT-BNA DC9 mid 80s
Ozark CLT-JAX DC9 mid 80s
Piedmont BNA-DEN, CVG-DEN, SDF-DEN 727 70s - early 80s.
 
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Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:02 am

Boeing757100 wrote:
DL flew Atlanta-Kuwait City in around 2008-2010 but I have heard it was extremely short lived. I may have also heard that only certain people were allowed to go on this flight, though I am not sure of that. Someone more educated can probably inform you more about this route.

UA used to fly Kuwait to Bahrain during that time too
 
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Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:09 am

A lot of routes out of HNL, such as UA's island hopper, UA's direct to GUM, and DL's HNL-multiple places in Japan are cool

DL up until maybe 2 years ago also ran a NRT-Saipan flight
 
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Re: Unusual routes/destinations

Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:11 am

AirAfreak wrote:
eta unknown wrote:
AirAfreak wrote:
DELTA | Augusta - Savannah
JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero
BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka
KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad
AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana
IBERIA | Miami - Cancun
Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh
Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam
TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG
QANTAS | Brisbane - Seoul
Air India | Los Angeles - Frankfurt
PAN AM | Frankfurt - Istanbul
Austrian | Washington/Dulles - Vienna
DELTA | Dublin - Shannon
Air France Dedicate | Paris - Kish Island
DELTA | Tokyo/Narita - Palau
DELTA | Amsterdam - Bombay
Lufthansa | Seoul - Busan
Thai | Bangkok - Seattle
Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra
SAUDIA | Washington/Dulles - JFK
Swissair | Washington/Dulles - Philadelphia
Continental | Guam - Cairns
American | San Jose, California - Tokyo
Alaska | Anchorage - Vladivostok
Aeroflot | Moscow - P’yongyang
Air China | Beijing- P’yongyang
Air France | Paris - Djibouti
Lufthansa | Washington/Dulles - Berlin
SAS | Houston/Intercontinental - Stavanger
British Airways | JFK - Birmingham
British Airways | JFK - Glasgow
Malaysia | Cape Town - Buenos Aires
TAAG | Luanda - Havana
Emirates | JFK - Hamburg
Air Koryo | P’yongyang - Kuwait
Aeroflot | Washington/Dulles - Shannon
Air Tahiti Nui | Easter Island - Pape’ete
KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo
Philippines | Los Angeles - Cebu
Hawaiian | Los Angeles - Las Vegas
America West | Nagoya - Honolulu
Continental | Houston/IAH - Houston/EFD
Continental | Saipan - Seoul
Air Canada | Medicine Hat - Cambridge Bay
Air Jamaica | Los Angeles - Montego Bay
KOREAN AIR | Seoul - Nairobi

That’s all for now. =)

Most of these routes are perfectly logical- what makes them unusual- for you? For example, TAAG LAD-HAV makes perfect sense if you know anything about Angolan history. FYI PPT-Easter Island is flown by LA, not TN. I'm not wanting to nit pick, but please put some thought into the answers. FYI did you know there's a large Korean population in GRU and that's why KE flew there- and it's too far for a one stop so it had to refuel somewhere- in this case, LAX.



I was actually being very thoughtful with my answers to share this knowledge with our younger a.net members whom probably never realized a membership fee was once a requirement to participate in the à.net discussion some time ago. I also took a good amount of time with my reply to share my memories of those interesting times, but of course, this is a.net and there is always going to be at least one a.net member whom quickly takes away the spotlight so thank you for being you. Good night.

Don't worry about the one person. I knew there were one or two inaccuracies in your post but still enjoyed it without needed to comment on them. 99% of us reading your post were grateful for it.

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