Seems to me that, in the interest of being able to more easily find awards, having a listing of all the long-haul routes, by alliance and region, would be useful. And I haven’t ever found a good collection of them so I decided to start building one. Shocking, right??
I’m sure you’ll also be shocked to learn that I started with Star Alliance and the transatlantic (TATL) routes. I’m defining TATL in this context as between North America and Europe. I know there are more flights than just these but I’m going to have a series of posts in the coming days breaking it down and adding to the collection. And I had to start somewhere. So here it is.
There are, by my count,
172 173 route/carrier combinations across the North Atlantic Ocean operated by one of the thirteen Star Alliance members with at least one flight in the regions. Some are seasonal but, if you’re looking for seats, this is probably a good place to start.
Putting them all on a single map is actually pretty useless, other than just to show how massive the coverage footprint is:
To make it slightly more useful here’s a collection of maps split up by carrier. Still sortof sloppy in some cases, but better.
Air New Zealand, Austrian, LOT
Singapore Air, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines
And, if you prefer the data in a less graphical format, it is also available in a table format here.
If you can see any I’ve missed let me know and I’ll update the tables.
Unique North American Gateways:
Unique European Gateways:
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brilliant. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to wrack my brains for the cities *A carriers fly to.
Very interesting. Looks like a couple might have been missed. LOT WAW to ORD and TK IST to ORD.
Scratch the comment on WAW to ORD, looks like you have it.
I probably didn’t when you posted the comment; I’ve been updating as I get feedback. ORD-IST was also missing but should be there now.
Brilliant. This is definitely getting bookmarked!
Special thanks for the data table. It’s now in my travel spreadsheet.
PHL-TLV flight operated by USAir?
A few more:
AC: YUL-ZRH, YYZ-WAW, YYZ-ZRH
UA: EWR-BHX, IAD-BRU, IAD-MAN
Thanks for the updates, everyone.
@palefire: AC shows YYZ-WAW as LO-operated, not their own metal.
@Amol: LAS was a typo (supposed to be ZRH-LAX) and I’ve since fixed it most places.
@Jerry: I’m not including TLV in Europe so neither the UA nor US routes there will show up.
Looks like route maps for ICBMs from War Games! 🙂
This is helpful!
You are using the terms TATL and European interchangeably; it is only partially correct; if you say TATL then you have to include anything that crosses the Atlantic including flights to TLV, other middle east, India and Africa – including flights from South America to Europe/middle east/Africa; otherwise your post should be US/Caribbean-Europe flights.
I’d also have to include EWR-SIN, Rami, as that often flies TATL depending on the winds.
I’m comfortable enough with the classification I’m using so long as I’m consistent in the application of which countries/continents are included on either side.
Great job. It would be even more useful to publish this in XLS format, which would make it easier to sort according to origin or destination.
If you go to the page with the table linked at the end of the post you should be able to copy/paste that into Excel and “work” it reasonably. I’ll see about porting the data to Google Docs or similar but the limitations of the host are stifling sometimes.
Hi Seth – This is just a test.
Great stuff, you have 2 LAX in Unique North American Gateways:
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