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Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:34 am
by Jawed
I'm considering flying somewhere random just to do an interesting trip report. Do you guys have any suggestions for interesting routes? I'm sure that SFO to JFK on NWA is not going to be particularly exciting. Again, I'm looking for interesting flight routes on an interesting airline, which is not necessarily the same thing as just going to interesting destinations.

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RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:54 am
by kstatepilot
What I like to do is a flight in an aircraft I've never been before. There was a TR earlier this week where a guy flew on a 727 from LAS to TUL (or was it OKC)

Maybe try that

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:56 am
by xjramper
If you have the money, fly into Orlando. Half way between Tampa and Orlando there is a place called Fantasy of Flight. You cannot miss it, its right off of I-4. I don't know how much it costs but you can get a bi-plane ride or a balloon ride.

Also this sounds more geared for Av polls and prefs.

XJR

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:58 am
by WesternA318


Quoting Jawed (Thread starter):
I'm sure that SFO to JFK on NWA is not going to be particularly exciting.

Try SFO-JFK on VA!!

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:06 am
by san747
It'll be interesting if you fly a new airline, aircraft type or to a new destination.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:26 am
by MadameConcorde
I would have recommended the Concorde experience but the Ladies are no longer flying...  Sad

You should go on the Singapore Airlines A380 from Singapore to Sydney with the return flight.

Do one flight on the main deck and one on the upper deck. Choose window seats. There is no surcharge in Economy.
This is the very best Economy Class I have ever been in through all my years of flying.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:40 pm
by BNE
Singapore Airlines A380 flight Singapore to Sydney and return is a good one,

Last month I flew from Cairns to Townsville via Mt Isa just to get on the ATR42.

ATR-42 flys Mt Isa Cairns.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:04 pm
by ALexeu
Where ever you fly, you could also visit the destinations. It doesn't cost you a lot to go out of airport  Smile
I understand your need, but if you are already spending the money, why not see the place?

If I was you (living in USA), i would probably go for NW DC-9  Big grin

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:25 pm
by Transpac787


Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
I would have recommended the Concorde experience but the Ladies are no longer flying...

You should go on the Singapore Airlines A380 from Singapore to Sydney with the return flight.



Quoting BNE (Reply 6):
Singapore Airlines A380 flight Singapore to Sydney and return is a good one,

I'm sure those would be very cheap trips considering the OP lives in the USA  Wink


I know I'll look like an idiot saying it in light of my above comment, but it seems the TR's of flights in premium cabins seem to get the most views. So, if you're after the "popularity factor" with your TR, fly somewhere in First Class (or Business).

Also, there are already like 11x TR's running about SQ A380 flights, so another would just be a boring addition to the forum. If you want to get a ton of hits, try to get on something like an L-1011, DC8, 707 (Iran has the last couple I think), DC10, etc etc.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:56 pm
by BMED
I did EDI - INV just to fly on the SAAB 340 and also Loganair. Spent a couple of hours in INV whilr waiting for the train and then headed back. couldn't afford at the time a return.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:49 am
by bok269
EAS routes have always interested me. What about AS in the far North of Alaska or out in the Aleutian Islands? IN keeping in line with what Transpac787 said, you could fly FIrst class to one of the smaller AS destinations. THat would make for an interesting report. A comparo of interisland service in Hawaii would be cool, but getting there could be expensive.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:28 am
by aerorobnz
I love doing that.
Plans for DEC include
AKL-HKG this weekend.
AKL-SYD
possibly one more, maybe NRT,LAX,YVR

I could well change my plans, but the idea for those destinations is to spend 1 night and see everything I can before coming home.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:07 pm
by MSYtristar
Oh, I've done several "for love of flying" trips...I was constantly on the go, never had a hotel anywhere...

MSY-IAD-LAX-SEA-MCO-IAH-MSY
MSY-ORD-DUB-LHR-ORD-MSY
MSY-IAH-HNL-IAH-MSY
MSY-CLT-SFO-ATL-MSY
and others.

My advise: go to orbitz.com, enter the multi city option, and just put in random city pairs. I saw one the other day that I was tempted to get: ATL-FRA-SFO-PHL-ATL for less than a normal roundtrip ATL-FRA.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:40 pm
by Jawed
MSYtristar, so you actually flew MSY-ORD-DUB-LHR-ORD-MSY without any hotels in between? So you were on various planes, or at airports for the whole time? Wow... that takes some endurance!

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:10 am
by Osprey88
I'll throw out some flights I would like to take some time, most of them in the North of Canada.

7F-- YUL-Kuujjuaq on a 722 Combi
7F or 5T--YFB (Iquliut)-YRT (Rankin Inlet)-YZF on a 732

Believe it or not, both of these carriers will serve hot meals on these flights so you will get even better service then most domestic US or Canadian carriers!

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:05 pm
by MSYtristar


Quoting Jawed (Reply 13):
So you were on various planes, or at airports for the whole time? Wow... that takes some endurance!

Yeah, the whole trip took about 32 hours. I was just in airports and airplanes. I guess i'm crazy.

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:24 pm
by RAFVC10
Strange flights:

- LB flight from MAD to VVI in a L10 aircraft (when I had the chance to reach the destination in an A7 313);
- EO flight from BRU to FIH in a L10 aircraft (when I had the chance to reach the destination in a SN 333).
- BA flight from GLA to BRR in a DH6 aircraft (I wanted to know what was to land in a beach...)
- Saha Air from IKA to KIH in a 703 (amazing flight in the last Boeing 707 scheduled passenger flight)

(...)

And this Christmas, my wife and I, will spend our last days of holidays and the last 2007 and new 2008 days at La Gomera (one of the small islands of Canary archipelago).

We will fly to TFN with XG in a 320 and then we will take a BEH aircraft of NT to GMZ. Will be a short flight but I promise to make a trip report if I have free time.

Regards,

Gerard

RE: Flying Purely For The Flight (not Destination)

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:53 am
by aerorobnz
I just booked a business class round trip for the day.
29NOV07 AKL-HKG NZ39 744
30NOV07 HKG-AKL NZ82 772