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Old Timer's Airline Quiz and Discussion

Old Nov 5, 19, 4:49 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post
I seem to recall mentioning that I got a Quiz inspiration a couple months ago (maybe as long as a year?) when I noticed, in quick succession and in reverse alphabetical order, a number of license plates where the three letters represented airport designators … some well-known, others less so:
  • BLR
  • BIL
  • BHX
  • BHM
  • BEY
  • BDL
  • AUH
  • ABQ
  • ABJ
The immediate challenge, of course, was to build the itineraries from various historical flight resources.

I'm putting the finishing touches on the story lines, and should have them ready to post later today.
Harder to play the game where I am as time progresses. Plates went from AAA 111 format to 222 BBB format and now newer plates are AA1 11A format.
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Old Nov 5, 19, 5:45 pm
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The License Plate World Tour

So here we go … the timeline is the summer of 1983, and the usual Quiz rules are in play:
  • identify each airline, each aircraft type, and any intermediate stops in sequence
  • please limit your responses to three or four flights (not necessarily entire itineraries, but you can certainly try to knock out an entire numbered set) per day
Clarification note: “X number of different aircraft types” ONLY applies to the instant trip, and is NOT cumulative between questions.

1- Several of your college classmates have decided to spend a week hiking in the northeastern reaches of Yellowstone National Park. The idea sounds intriguing, especially since you’ve been head-down in a project in Bangalore. After thoroughly examining flight options, you decide to depart Thursday evening, and fly to Billings where you can have the weekend to decompress and get some necessary supplies before meeting up with your friends. Your itinerary involves four flights, each on a different airline, and three different aircraft types; the first two flights are nonstops, the third makes one stop, and the fourth makes two stops.

1A- BLR – BOM, Air India A300
1B- BOM — BKK, Air France/UTA, 747-200
1C- BKK — NRT — SEA, Thai, 747-200
1D- SEA — GEG — GTF — BIL, Northwest, 727-200


2- You return to Billings the following Sunday afternoon; when you check in with your home office the next morning, you learn that you need to be in Birmingham by noon on Thursday. “No problem; I might be able to make that trip without even getting on a jet!” “Not so fast, pal. Birmingham ENGLAND.” Oh well. Four nonstop flights, each on a different aircraft type; the first two are on the same airline; the fourth shows as being operated under two airline codes, one being the same as the third. And you actually get one non-jet segment.

2A- BIL – DEN, Continental DC-9-30
2B- DEN – ORD, CO 727-200
2C- ORD – BRU, Sabena, 747 Combi
2D- BRU – BHX, British Midland / Sabena, F.27



3- Things wrap up quickly in Birmingham, so you aren’t really surprised when the home office calls on Saturday afternoon to tell you that you are expected at another client site on Tuesday morning. What you find ironic, though, is that this client site is indeed in Birmingham ALABAMA. Three nonstop flights, three airlines, three aircraft types.

3A- BHX – AMS, NLM, F-27
3B- AMS – ATL, KLM, 747-200
3C- ATL – BHM, Eastern, 757



4- Another week, another trip halfway around the globe. You’ve been invited to a Friday luncheon meeting with prospective clients in Beirut; if all goes well, you will spend Saturday doing site visits, and then have Sunday at leisure before departing for an as-yet-unknown destination. Unfortunately the direct Middle East Airlines 747 from JFK gets in at 1645; equally unfortunately, the Thursday afternoon SAS flight from Athens to BEY, which would have given you the long JFK-ATH ride upstairs on a 747 (either Olympic or TWA), is completely sold out. Ditto the KLM flight from Amsterdam. Sure, there are a handful of other options via Atlanta and a U.S. gateway city, but a little additional research yields an extremely interesting option that doesn't involve ATL: three flights (the second making one enroute stop), three airlines (the third flight is listed as being operated by two different airlines), three different aircraft types.

4A- BHM – XXX
4B- XXX – YYY, stop at ZZZ
4C- YYY – BEY



5- Hartford beckons next. You’ll need to be there no later than Tuesday morning, but the company won’t spring for the Concorde from Heathrow to JFK on Monday (which would allow you a civilized departure from BEY around noon). Virtually all the schedules out of Beirut force you to overnight in Europe on Sunday, which is an equally unpleasant option. After some digging, though, you find a way to make it work without either an extra hotel stay or a redeye departure: three flights (the first with an unpublished technical stop), three airlines, three different aircraft types. There are actually two options for the second leg, each on a different carrier and each with a different jet; while you recognize the name of one of the airlines, you’ve never heard of the other, but a little investigation reveals the interesting lineage behind its familiar two-letter designator.

5A- BEY– XXX, stop at AAA
5B- XXX – YYY
5C- YYY – BDL



6- A week later you’re returning to the Middle East, albeit to a rather different locale – Abu Dhabi. Your business obligations will begin with late-morning coffee on Thursday, which dictates a Tuesday departure from BDL. While you could certainly route via Heathrow, you much prefer a longer transatlantic leg, so you book a four-flight sequence (the third with an intermediate stop) involving three airlines and four very different (and rather uncommon) aircraft types. The third flight is also dual-marketed.

6A- BDL – XXX
6B- XXX – YYY
6C- YYY – ZZZ, stop at AAA
6D- ZZZ – AUH



7- The Abu Dhabi project looks like it will wrap up in a week, so you advise the home office that you will be departing late Friday night or early Saturday and taking the following week to vacation in Taos. For some obscure reason, the direct flights to both Charles de Gaulle and Heathrow and Paris (Gulf Air at 2330 and British at 0015, respectively) have no availability between AUH and Doha; the 0055 Sabena flight to Brussels and and the Singapore Airlines departure at 0320 to Athens (and thence Amsterdam) are also completely sold out. Aha! There’s another option with a connection that brings you to a secondary European hub, but the prospect of a forced Saturday overnight in the event of thunderstorms at your US arrival point is enough to make you re-think how to reach Albuquerque. Happily, you find something else that looks almost ideal; best of all, it leaves (and arrives) close to four hours earlier, and the first redeye leg is a nice long one. Both itineraries involve four flights, three different airlines, and three different aircraft types. Bonus points for the route you opted out of taking (HINT: it’s similar to what you flew on the way to AUH, and the flight from your US arrival point to ABQ makes a stop en route).

7A- AUH – XXX
7B- XXX – YYY
7C- YYY – ZZZ
7D- ZZZ – ABQ, stop at AAA on the original candidate itinerary



8- Well now! Your next assignment will take you somewhere you’ve not yet been … Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire). The first orders of business will commence on Monday, so you’ll need to arrive on Sunday. You have Friday dinner reservations in Albuquerque, so you won't be able to depart until Saturday morning; yes, there’s a direct Air Afrique flight departing JFK that evening, but where’s the fun in that? What to do, what to do? How about a very roundabout itinerary, involving six flights on four airlines, with four different aircraft types; the fifth flight makes an enroute stop.

8A- ABQ – XXX
8B- XXX – YYY
8C- YYY – ZZZ
8D- ZZZ – AAA
8E- AAA – BBB, stop at CCC
8F- BBB – ABJ

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Old Nov 5, 19, 8:59 pm
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3- Things wrap up quickly in Birmingham, so you aren’t really surprised when the home office calls on Saturday afternoon to tell you that you are expected at another client site on Tuesday morning. What you find ironic, though, is that this client site is indeed in Birmingham ALABAMA. Three nonstop flights, three airlines, three aircraft types.

3A- BHX -- XXX
3B- XXX – YYY
3C- YYY – BHM
Not completely sure how to play but I'll try it...


3B JFK - ATL TW Boeing 727-200
3C ATL - BHM DL McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50
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Old Nov 5, 19, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
Not completely sure how to play but I'll try it...
3B JFK - ATL TW Boeing 727-200
3C ATL - BHM DL McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50
^ well, you’re playing it absolutely the right way ...
  • 3B: JFK-ATL incorrect, TW incorrect, 72S incorrect
  • 3C: ATL-BHM correct, DL incorrect, D95 incorrect (DL didn’t operate the D95 before the NW merger)

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Old Nov 5, 19, 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post
^ well, you’re playing it absolutely the right way ...
  • 3B: JFK-ATL incorrect, TW incorrect, 72S incorrect
  • 3C: ATL-BHM correct, DL incorrect, D95 incorrect (DL didn’t operate the D95 before the NW merger)
Great! Playing the correct way!

3A: BMH-FRA Lufthansa Boeing 737-100
3B: FRA-ATL Delta Lockheed L1011
3C ATL-BMH Eastern McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30
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Old Nov 5, 19, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
Great! Playing the correct way!

3A: BHX-FRA Lufthansa Boeing 737-100
3B: FRA-ATL Delta Lockheed L1011
3C ATL-BHM Eastern McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30
one more box checked ...
  • 3A: FRA incorrect, LH incorrect, 737 incorrect
  • 3B: DL incorrect, L10 incorrect
  • 3C: EA correct, D9S incorrect

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Old Nov 6, 19, 1:06 pm
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How about the following:
3A: BHX-LGW British Midland Fokker F28
3B: LGW-ATL British Caledonian DC-10
3C ATL-BHM Eastern B727

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Old Nov 6, 19, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
How about the following:
3A: BHX-LGW British Midland Fokker F28
3B: LGW-ATL British Caledonian DC-10
3C ATL-BHM Eastern B727
I'll give you partial credit for some good guesses here: there was in fact a different airline that operated a different aircraft BHX-LGW, and BCal indeed ran a DC-10 on LGW-ATL; their Monday flight would have easily connected to an EA 727 to BHM, although with luck the 1+50 connection to the earlier jet was probably makeable

3A: LGW viable, but incorrect, BD incorrect, F28 incorrect (bonus points for these answers)
3B: BR viable, but incorrect, D10 viable, but incorrect
3C: 727 viable, but incorrect

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Old Nov 6, 19, 8:20 pm
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3A: BMH-BRU British Airways BAC One Eleven
3B: BRU-ATL Sabena McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
3C ATL-BMH Eastern Boeing 757-200
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
3A: BHX-BRU British Airways BAC One Eleven
3B: BRU-ATL Sabena McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
3C ATL-BHM Eastern Boeing 757-200
very astute guesswork sir! but again, you’ve only checked one box ... while SN indeed operated a DC-10 BRU-ATL, the flight didn’t run on Monday, and BHX-BRU wasn't a BA route
3A: BRU incorrect, BA incorrect, B11 incorrect
3B: SN incorrect, D10 incorrect
3C: 757 correct

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3A: BMH-AMS Brymon BAe ATP
3B: AMS-ATL KLM Boeing 747-200
3C ATL-BMH Eastern Boeing 757-200
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
3A: BHX-AMS Brymon BAe ATP
3B: AMS-ATL KLM Boeing 747-200
3C ATL-BHM Eastern Boeing 757-200
three more down, two to go
3A: AMS correct, BC incorrect, ATP incorrect
3B: KL correct, 747 correct

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Old Nov 7, 19, 10:34 pm
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three more down, two to go
3A: AMS correct, BC incorrect, ATP incorrect
3B: KL correct, 747 correct
3 correct, that is progress!

3A: BMH-AMS Dan Air BAe 146
3B: AMS-ATL KLM Boeing 747
3C ATL-BMH Eastern Boeing 757-200
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Old Nov 7, 19, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767
Several of your college classmates have decided to spend a week hiking in the northeastern reaches of Yellowstone National Park. The idea sounds intriguing, especially since you’ve been head-down in a project in Bangalore. After thoroughly examining flight options, you decide to depart Thursday evening, and fly to Billings where you can have the weekend to decompress and get some necessary supplies before meeting up with your friends. Your itinerary involves four flights, each on a different airline, and three different aircraft types; the first two flights are nonstops, the third makes one stop, and the fourth makes two stops.

1A- BLR – XXX
1B- XXX – YYY
1C- YYY – ZZZ, stop at AAA
1D- ZZZ – BIL, stops at BBB and CCC


Ah what the hey - let's give it a shot from my hotel room here at the Warwick Allerton in Chicago where a beer and a burger runs $32.76 with tip. I'm definitely out of place. Awright, shots in the dark...

1A. Bangalore to Bombay - Indian Airlines A300B
1B. Bombay to Tokyo NRT - Japan Airlines 767-200
1C. Tokyo to Seattle - Northwest 747-200
1D. Seattle to Billings - Northwest DC-10-40 via GEG and GTF

Wish me luck!

And wish me luck this weekend, too. My Flyertalk Fantasy Football League team has won 6 straight but this weekend, I go up against #1 who's also won 6 straight . Should be quite a game!

https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/11076

Just got off the Empire Builder from Seattle and am off to Memphis tomorrow aboard a 22 year old 737-700 N700GS listed as #4 off the line back in 1997...

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Old Nov 7, 19, 11:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
3 correct, that is progress!

3A: BHX-AMS Dan Air BAe 146
3B: AMS-ATL KLM Boeing 747
3C ATL-BHM Eastern Boeing 757-200
3A: DA incorrect, 146 incorrect

hint: we’re looking for a turboprop aircraft
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