Jumbo Flights: What Routes Use Flight Number 747?

Think of iconic aircraft and Concorde and the Boeing 747 is likely to feature. But what routes use flight number 747 this week? We check it out and see 11 airlines, 23 routes, and 12 aircraft types and variants. Sadly no 747, though.

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Delta is one of six US airlines to use 747 as a flight number this week. DL747 operates from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles using the B737-800. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr.

23 routes use number 747 this week

Twenty-three routes worldwide use flight number 747 at some point in the week beginning March 23rd. For this purpose, one-stop and multi-stop services are included as one route, but you could easily separate them. It’s up to you.

More routes use flight number 747 than 666, the so-called ‘devil’s number’, this year. However, ‘prestigious’ flight number one, which often conjures up images of prestige, importance, or difference, has more routes still.

As detailed below, some 23 airlines are involved, from Kyrgyzstan operator Avia Traffic, Kazakhstan’s SCAT, and Angola’s TAAG via Belarus’ flag carrier Belavia to commonplace operators in the US. Most continents see some service.

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Southwest uses the B737-700 on WN747. It routes once-weekly from Dallas Love to Austin via Denver, Oakland, and Phoenix. It leaves Texas at 07:25 and returns at 18:25. Of course, you can’t book the whole routing on its website. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

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What are the 23 routes this week?

  1. Air Arabia Maroc: 3O747 Fez to Marrakesh
  2. AirAsia India: I5747 Srinagar to Bangalore via Delhi
  3. Alaska: AS747 JFK to San Diego
  4. Allegiant: G4747 Cincinnati to Tampa St Pete and St Pete to Concord (different days)
  5. All Nippon: NH747 Tokyo Narita to Noto
  6. American: AA747 Dallas DFW to Chicago ORD
  7. Avia Traffic: YK747 Osh to Moscow Domodedovo
  8. Belavia: B2747 Minsk to Tel Aviv
  9. Delta: DL747 Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles
  10. EgyptAir: MS747 Cairo to Athens
  11. Emirates: EK747 Dubai to Tunis
  12. IndiGo: 6E747 Bangalore to Indore
  13. Norwegian: DY747 Trondheim to Oslo
  14. Pegasus: PC747 Sharjah to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen
  15. SCAT: DV747 Turkistan to Pavlodar
  16. Southwest: WN747 Dallas Love to Austin (via Denver, Oakland, and Phoenix)
  17. Sunwing: WG747 Nassau to Toronto
  18. TAAG Angola: DT747 Luanda to Sao Paulo (doesn’t appear to be running, though)
  19. United: UA747 Chicago ORD to Washington DCA
  20. Vistara: UK747 Delhi to Port Blair (via Kolkata)
  21. Volaris: Y4747 Los Cabos to Guadalajara
  22. Widerøe: WF747 Trondheim to Bodø (via Mosjøen)
  23. Windrose: 7W747 (!) Kyiv Boryspil to Podgorica
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Ukraine’s Windrose uses the ATR-72 between Kyiv and Podgorica, with a flight time of about three hours (!). Photo: Avaness via Wikimedia.

12 aircraft types are used

Aircraft utilized range from Widerøe’s Dash-8-100s within Norway to Emirates’ B777-300ERs from Dubai to Tunis and TAAG from Luanda across the South Atlantic to Sao Paulo. However, the ubiquitous A320ceo (the world’s most-used aircraft) operates more ‘747’ flights than any other type.

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The B737-300 is used on the 1,884 mile (3,031km) trip from Osh to Moscow Domodedovo. Photo: JustLiveKZ via Wikimedia.

More interesting perhaps are Avia Traffic’s B737-300s from Osh to Moscow. While the carrier serves the airport-pair once daily, YK747 operates only on Monday 29th this week.

It leaves Kyrgyzstan at 19:50 and arrives in Russia at 21:25 local time, a flight time of about five hours. A good show for a B737 Classic! Returning, YK748 (another excellent aircraft reference) leaves at 22:45 and arrives home at 06:05 the next day.

Have you flown any 747 route? If so, what airline, where did you go, and on what aircraft? Let us know in the comments.

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