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Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 7:27 am

Ever since I created "Have you landed at the alphabet" in 2009, the question has been re-posed several times - sometimes several times a year.

Rather than just listing the letters you have hit, how would you go about getting to the ones you haven't?

Me, I'm missing H, K, N, Q, U, V, W, X.

To do this in the least expensive way, I guess I'd have to go to KOA via HNL.

Only it really doesn't make sense that I'm missing "H" to begin with, since there are no fewer than 54 airports on my Landed There list and this country of mine contains HLN, HNL, HOU, HHH, HPN, HVN... maybe other "H" airports too. How did I manage to miss all of those?

For "N," I'm really not sure if NAS would be less expensive than some deeply discounted fare to NRT or even NCE, if AF connects there from their MSP-CDG flight. "Q" will obviously be QRO since I ain't going to no Mideast, and for "U" I'm probably going to use my AA miles for UVF but cashwise I bet St. Augustine, Fla. would be a lot cheaper.

I'm guessing I'd also have to wait for a discounted fare to VIE, and for "W" we are unquestionably looking at WYS (WDH is, I bet, way too expensive and I also have no interest in visiting Warsaw or Wellington, New Zealand).

The U.S. doesn't allow "W"or "K" to begin airport identifiers since our radio call signs start with those, so I'm not sure how KOA and WYS got their exceptions.   

If expense weren't an issue:

Hong Kong or Harare

Osaka or Kathmandu

Nice or Nairobi
(still QRO. )


Windhoek and then onward to VFA

and then... XIY. I really do want to see China someday; so much history.  
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 7:39 am

Being fortunate enough to usually travel internationally, I was able to pick up all but X and Y.
I guess that certainly means a trip to Canada is due, and probably another to China as well.
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 10:08 am

I need XNA and QRO so a return AKL-IAH-QRO-IAH-XNA-IAH-AKL would do the trick.
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 10:20 am

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 2):

I need XNA and QRO so a return AKL-IAH-QRO-IAH-XNA-IAH-AKL would do the trick.

Gosh, you made me aware of that Q airport I missed.
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 6:15 pm

I need: G, K, N, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, and I'm just going to pretend cost doesn't matter.

G: GIG might seem like the obvious choice, especially with the Olympics coming up, but I've always dreamed of visiting the Galapagos Islands, so I would head to GPS instead.
K: KOA is the clear choice, and I would like to visit the Big Island someday.
N: Kenya and east Africa in general are another place I dream of visiting someday, so that's got to be NBO.
Q: I was disappointed to learn Quito's IATA code doesn't start with Q, but I do need U, too. I guess it has to be QRO then just for lack of any other good options.
U: UIO, obviously. I'd likely have to connect there to get to GPS anyway, but I figure I should take a day or two to see Ecuador's capital city as well.
V: Russia seems like an interesting place to visit, I guess I'll have to fly into VKO.
W: Unlike the thread starter, I would totally like to visit New Zealand, so WLG it is.
X: You know, Arkansas gets unfairly maligned sometimes. I'd totally go to XNA.
Y: Clearly a trip to Canada is in order. I hear YVR is nice.
Z: ZRH would probably be interesting.
 
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 6:39 pm

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 4):
Unlike the thread starter, I would totally like to visit New Zealand

No, I would like to visit New Zealand; I just can't see flying into anywhere but AKL.
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 7:53 pm

I see your point, but for hypothetically for purposes of this thread I'd fly to WLG.

And let's see if I can put together an itinerary that will hit all those. GPS is so isolated it pretty much has to be its own tag on, but I don't care. How about...

IAH-UIO-GPS-UIO-MEX-QRO-DFW-XNA-EWR-ZRH-NBO-IST-VKO-DXB-SYD-WLG-NAN*-HNL-KOA-YVR

*Hey, another N airport I'd like to visit, and a way to get to WLG without going through AKL.

[Edited 2016-05-17 13:35:58]

[Edited 2016-05-17 13:43:20]
 
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Tue May 17, 2016 11:02 pm

I am only missing Q and X. Those two seems the hardest to get as the majority of members are missing those two.


EDIT: Part of doing a daytrip last summer out of NYC was to get Y. Flew LGA-YUL-YOW-YYZ-JFK. Besides getting 3 Ys I got a new carrier on each sector plus the CRJ705 to my log. That whole lot of flying only cost me about $130 + 9000 BA-miles which included J on the TAM 767 between YYZ-JFK.

[Edited 2016-05-17 16:07:14]
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Fri May 20, 2016 8:24 pm

Let's see...

Need G, Q, U, V, W, X, Z.

Forgot i got K with KUL.

Working for Delta, G will likely be Gulfport at some point, but once I get around to a Brazilian Visa GIG or GRU would be preferred.

Q is obviously Querétaro, Mexico.

U in my dream would be Ulaanbaatar, probably paired with Xian for X.

W could be WYS. But I want to go to Poland, so WAW is just as likely.

V will almost certainly be Vienna. Probably this fall actually.

ZLO or ZQN to wrap things up.
 
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Sat May 28, 2016 8:17 am

Missing Q, U, W, X, Y and Z

Flying to ZRH in July so that will be covered (also a chance I'll need to go to ZNE later this year as well).

Q will be hard to get. Not any that are very likely. QRO is probably most likely, but still very unlikely.

UIO most likely for U. South America is the largest area that I have yet to travel to and very high on my list. UIO isn't the top of the list, but, if I go for a long enough trip, covering most of South America, then UIO becomes more likely.

WLG is the most likely for W. Have visited the town before, but didn't fly there. Would like to expore more of New Zealand some time. Australia has a few smaller places starting with W. No plans at the moment to travel to any of them, but work might take me a number of those at some point.

XCH is a place I would like to visit, and it is definitely a possibility in the next few years.

Y, obviously somewhere in Canada. Would like to visit at some point.

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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Sun May 29, 2016 2:22 am

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
The U.S. doesn't allow "W"or "K" to begin airport identifiers since our radio call signs start with those, so I'm not sure how KOA and WYS got their exceptions.

Not sure about WYS, but quite a few airports in Alaska have codes starting with K. One example: Ketchikan (KTN).

I would guess it's because Hawaii and Alaska were only U.S. territories, not states, when the codes were assigned. They both became states in 1959. The 4-letter ICAO codes for airports in Hawaii and Alaska also use the prefix P instead of K as in the 48 contiguous states. It's acutally a 2-letter prefix in Alaska and Hawaii, PA for Alaska, normally followed by the first 2 letters of the FAA identifier (usually but not always the same as the IATA code).

For example:
Anchorage - ANC - PANC
Fairbanks - FAI - PAFA
Juneau - JNU - PAJN
Ketchikan - KTN - PAKT
Nome - OME - PAOM

Hawaii ICAO codes use the prefix PH, but the last 2 letters are sometimes the first 2 letters of the FAA/IATA code and sometimes the last 2 letters:

First 2 letters:
Kahului - OGG - PHOG
Kona - KOA - PHKO
Lihue - LIH - PHLI
Molokai - MKK- PHMK

Last 2 letters:
Honolulu - HNL - PHNL
Hilo - ITO - PHTO
 
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Sun May 29, 2016 7:27 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 9):
Missing Q, U, W, X, Y and Z

Very similar here. I have missing Q, U, X, Y.

Clearly we haven't flown to Canada yet  
 
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RE: Completing Your "Landed There" Alphabet

Sun May 29, 2016 6:14 pm

Q remains elusive - though I notice a couple of people list the code for Duxford as QFO - so maybe I'll have to take a trip up there and take a pleasure flight and complete my alphabet.
 
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Re: Completing Your

Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:56 pm

I just booked the trip of a lifetime to East Africa. I will be flying home from ZNZ. I think I'm a little too excited about the fact that I'll be adding Z to my list. Unfortunately I will be traveling to Kenya by land, so I won't get to add NBO and the letter N in the same trip.
 
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Re: Completing Your

Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:48 am

I am still in need of Q, U, V, W, X
Q I think is going to be the absolute hardest to get. QRO looks like one of the most likely possibilities!
The others I just need more time to travel ;-)

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Re: Completing Your

Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:22 am

Hi all, this is mi 1st post in Airliners.net!!!

After 162 flights covering all Americas, most of Europe, and some islands on the Pacific, I´m missing the following letters:

K, N, Q, R, U, W, X, Y, Z

Hope I can complete the full alphabet someday!
 
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Re: Completing Your

Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:01 pm

Still need K, N, W, Z

K will be KOA and/or KTN

N first thought was NCE but then I remembered my best buddy from college lives in NBO right now and we were talking about visiting him next year.

W I'm thinking WAW - def on my list of places to eventually visit.

Z - ZIH - love Mexican beach towns and also just b/c of Shawshank Redemption

Thankfully, I did my flight training in St. Louis, MO, not too far from Sullivan MO (UUV) and I worked at Eagle long enough to do a turn to QRO.
 
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Re: Completing Your

Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:14 pm

What a fun idea!

For kicks I'll go through the whole alphabet and name one airport with the letters I have been to.

A-ACA
B-BMI
C-CMI
D-DTW
E-EYW
F-FOE
G-
H-HNL
I-IND
J-JFK
K-KOA
L-LAS
M-MEX
N-NCL
O-OGG
P-PIA
Q-
R-RIC
S-SUX
T-TPA
U-
V-
W-
X-
Y-YQB
Z-
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Re: Completing Your

Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:39 am

Mine is not good. I've started off well, then with plenty of gaps to fill. I am hoping to complete it as soon as I can.

A - ADL | AUH
B - BNE | BWT
C - CBR | CGK
D - DPO | DPS
E -
F -
G -
H -
I -
J -
K -
L - LST | LGW | LDH
M - MEL
N - NLK
O -
P -
Q -
R -
S - SYD
T -
U -
V -
W -
X -
Y -
Z - ZRH
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Re: Completing Your

Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:44 pm

I started tracking my alphabet just because of this thread

A AUH AEY AMS ARN
B BOM BLR BOS BKK BCN
C COK
D DXB DOH
E
F FRA
G GRX
H HKG
I IST ICN
J JFK JED
K KEF
L LAS LAX
M MAA
N NRT
O ORD
P PEK
Q
R RUH
S SFO SIN SHJ SVQ SEA
T TXL
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

None of my future travel seems like it's going to help complete this. The destinations I am considering so far are TBS, KIX, LAS, PHX, LHR and TXL.
If my trip to Patagonia pans out next year, I might be able to land EZE and USH but that's about it.
 
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Re: RE: Completing Your

Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:35 pm

jumpjets wrote:
Q remains elusive - though I notice a couple of people list the code for Duxford as QFO - so maybe I'll have to take a trip up there and take a pleasure flight and complete my alphabet.


I've had trouble with Q. Was going through an old box of papers in the roof a few days ago, when I found a v old bit of paper from Dan Air apologizing for the diversion & significant delay on my flight LIS-LGW. Had totally forgotten about it, but recall from the mists of time that some ATC centre in France had a fire & after at least an hour of circling, we put down in Quimper low on fuel and the crew out of hours.

Trouble is the codes for Quimper are IATA: UIP – ICAO: LFRQ, not quite sure if it counts

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Re: Completing Your

Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:57 pm

Airstud wrote:

The U.S. doesn't allow "W"or "K" to begin airport identifiers since our radio call signs start with those, so I'm not sure how KOA and WYS got their exceptions.   


All US ICAO (4 letter flight plan) identifiers begin with K. KDCA, KOMA, KORD. KOAs ICAO is PHKO. The three letter is the IATA code (bag tags).
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Re: Completing Your

Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:42 am

Adding up to my previous post, this is my full list of airports visited:

A - AEP / ATH / ACA
B - BCN / BOB / BRC
C - CDG / CCS / CZM
D - DFW / DTW
E - EZE
F - FRA / FBU (closed) / FCO / FLL / FNT
G - GRU / GIG
H - HFT / HNL / HUH / HVG / HER
I - IPC / IBZ
J - JFK / JTR
K -
L - LIM / LAX / LHR / LAS / LGW / LIN / LPA / LGA
M - MVD (Hometown) / MAD / MIA / MCO / MEX / MID / MAH / MAO / MLA / MOZ / MUC / MRS
N -
O - ORD / OGG / ORY
P - POA / PPT / PMI / PTY / PHX
Q -
R -
S - SCL / SFO / SJU
T - TOS
U -
V - VVI / VSA
W -
X -
Y -
Z -
 
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Re: Completing Your

Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:25 am

Only Q missing, even if I have been to many more airports I only fill in 1 alternativ / letter

A- ARN
B-BMA
C-CHQ
D-DPS
E-EDI
F-FRA
G-GRU
H-HEL
I-IAD
J-JMK
K-KTT
L-LPI
M-MDC
N-NRK
O-OUL
P-PIK
Q-
R-RVN
S-STR
T-TXL
U-UME
V-VPY
W-WIL
X-XIY
Y-YYZ
Z-ZRH
 
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Re: Completing Your

Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:11 pm

Despite only having a total of 89 flights, I managed to gather quite some letter diversity :)
Only 4 letters are missing: G, Q, U, W.

G: maybe Glasgow GLA or Rio GIG
Q: ??? that's a real task
U: maybe Quito UIO
W: most likely to be covered with a trip to Warsaw (WAW or WMI)


A – AYT / AMS / ATL
B – BRE / BKK
C – CDG / CGN / CAI
D – DTW / DCA
E – ERF
F - FRA / FUE / FLL
G –
H – HKG
I – IAD / IST / IKA
J - JFK
K – KUL
L - LAX / LHR / LAS / LGA
M - MAD / MIA / MCO / MXP / MEL / MIR
N - NUE
O - ORD
P - PMI / PHX / PAD
Q -
R – RSW
S – SFO / SGN / SXF / STL / SIN / STN
T – TSA / TPE
U -
V – VIE
W -
X – XMN
Y – YUL / YYZ
Z – ZRH
306 310 318 319 320 321 333 343 388 ATR72 733 737 738 739 743 744 748 752 753 763 764 772 77W 788 CRJ7 CRJ9 E170 F100 MD11 RJ1H
AA AB AC AF AK AZ BA DE DL EW FD FR HF HG IB IR MF KU LH LT LX OD TG TK TP UA VJ VN WN W6 YP YW
 
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Re: Completing Your

Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:38 am

Interesting topic! I just did a quick survey of my log and like many of you I'm missing the high-value "Scrabble" letters. Airports I've flown in/out of: I listed the first one meeting the criteria:
A-ABQ
B-BOS
C-CVG
D-DEN
E-EWR
F-FLL
G-GCN
H-HKG
I-IAH
J-JFK
K - need, unless I count KLUF (Luke AFB) but I'm using only 3-letter IATA codes.
L-LAX
M-MIA
N-NRT
O-OAK
P-PHX
Q - need
R-RNO
S-SFO
T-TUS
U-USN (Ulsan, S. Korea)
V-VOK (Volk Field, WI)
W- need
X- need
Y-YQX (Gander)
Z-need

Not an airline employee so getting the rest would be fairly expensive. Could do a circle route and visit QRO from the US; fly internally to ZIH then north back to the US on Alaska using miles.

W and X would be separate trips most likely on two different continents.

K would be a nice trip to Kona.

Cool to think about!

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AA AC AS BA BD BF BN BR(1) BY B6 CO CP(2) DG DL EA EI EN FL FT F9 HA HP ICX JI JQ J7 KE KL KS LH MC NW OC OO OZ(1) OZ(2) PA PI PT QF QQ RM RO RV(1) RV(2) RW SK SM SQ S4 TI TS TW UA UK US UZ VS VX WA WN WS W7 XV YV YX(2) ZZ 9K
 
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Re: Completing Your

Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:47 am

Interesting topic! My list is given below. At this stage I need Q, U and Y. Not too bad so far.

A - ACK / AGR / ALC / AMS / ATH / ATL / AUH
B - BCN / BFI / BFS / BHX / BKK / BLR / BOH / BOM / BOS / BRU / BUD / BUF / BWI
C - CAN / CDG / CGH / CGK / CIA / CLT / CPH
D - DCA / DEL / DPS / DTW / DUB / DUS / DXB
E - EZE
F - FAO / FCO / FOC / FRA
G - GCM / GOI / GRU / GWY
H - HAJ / HAK / HAM / HAN / HER / HKG / HKT / HND / HYD
I - IAD / ICN / IST
J - JFK / JNB
K - KBP / KBV / KMG / KRR / KUL
L - LAS / LAX / LCY / LGA / LGW / LHR / LIS / LJU / LTN
M - MAA / MAN / MCO / MEL / MIA / MJV / MLE / MNL / MWH / MXP
N - NAP / NCE / NRT / NQY
O - ORD / ORK / ORY / OSL
P - PHL / PIK / PMI / PRG / PVG / PWM
Q -
R - RAO / RUH
S - SAN / SCL / SDU / SEA / SEN / SFO / SGN / SIN / SKG / SNN / SOU / STN / SVQ / SYD / SZB
T - TLS / TLV / TPE / TRV
U -
V - VCE / VIE / VLC
W - WAT
X - XFW
Y -
Z - ZRH
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Re: Completing Your

Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:20 pm

Airstud wrote:

The U.S. doesn't allow "W"or "K" to begin airport identifiers since our radio call signs start with those, so I'm not sure how KOA and WYS got their exceptions.   
 


KOA is in the pacific region for airport codes not the United States. The real code for KOA is PHKO. It's one of those airports that have two codes like Williams Gateway KIWA/AZA, and Marquette, Mi KSAW/MQT to name a couple.

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