A Personal Selection

I was thinking about my favorite routes the other day — only to realize that I had no definitive list. With that in mind, I decided to think about my top 10 favorite routes, top 10 upgauges that I’d make, and top 10 routes that I’d start if money was no object. Now, obviously these are very much routes that I have some emotional connection to, as all involve Boston, London, or Portland, ME. However, a list of preferred routes or aircraft is not the same as the list of “most profitable” routes or anything of an objective nature, so I have no apologies.

Top 10 Favorite Routes

1. Boston Logan (KBOS) – London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carriers and Aircraft: British Airways (Airbus A380-800*, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300); Delta Air Lines (Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400); Virgin Atlantic Airways (Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-600, Boeing 787-900)

2. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Frankfurt (EDDF)
Carriers and Aircraft: Lufthansa (Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-800*)

3. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Munich (EDDM)
Carriers and Aircraft: Lufthansa (Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-600, Airbus A350-900)

4. New York Kennedy (KJFK) – London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carriers and Aircraft: American Airlines (Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300); British Airways (Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300); Delta Air Lines (Boeing 767-400); Virgin Atlantic Airways (Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-600, Boeing 747-400*)

5. Boston Logan (KBOS) – San Francisco (KSFO)
Carriers and Aircraft: jetBlue (Airbus A320-200); United Airlines (Boeing 737-900, Boeing 757-200, Boeing 757-300); Virgin America (Airbus A320-200)

6. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Los Angeles (KLAX)
Carriers and Aircraft: American Airlines (Boeing 737-800); Delta Air Lines (Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200); jetBlue (Airbus A320-200); Virgin America (Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200)

7. Portland, ME (KPWM) – Baltimore-Washington (KBWI)
Carriers and Aircraft: Southwest Airlines (Boeing 737-700)

8. San Francisco (KSFO) – London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carriers and Aircraft: British Airways (Airbus A380-800, Boeing 747-400); United Airlines (Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200); Virgin Atlantic Airways (Airbus A340-600, Boeing 787-900)

9. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Amsterdam (EDDM)
Carriers and Aircraft: Delta Air Lines (Airbus A330-300, Boeing 767-300*)

10. Portland, ME (KPWM) – Charlotte (KCLT)
Carriers and Aircraft: American Airlines (Airbus A319-100)

 

Top 10 Upgauges I’d Make on Existing Routes

1. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Dubai (OMDB)
Carrier: Emirates
Change of Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER to Airbus A380-800

2. Portland, ME (KPWM) – Atlanta (KATL)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Change of Aircraft: McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 to Boeing 767-300

3. New York Kennedy (KJFK) – Manchester (EGCC)
Carrier: American Airlines
Change of Aircraft: Boeing 767-300 to Boeing 777-300ER

4. Toronto (CYYZ) – London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carrier: British Airways
Change of Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER to Boeing 747-400

5. Halifax (CYHZ) – London Heathrow
Carrier: Air Canada
Change of Aircraft: Boeing 767-300 to Airbus A330-300

6. Portland, ME (KPWM) – Charlotte (KCLT)
Carrier: American Airlines
Change of Aircraft: Airbus A319-100 to Boeing 737-800

7. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Amsterdam (EHAM)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Change of Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-200

8. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Newark (KEWR)
Carrier: jetBlue
Change of Aircraft: Embraer E-190 to Airbus A320-200

9. Portland, ME (KPWM) – New York Kennedy (KJFK)
Carrier: jetBlue
Change of Aircraft: Embraer E-190 to Airbus A320-200

10. Newark (KEWR) – Tel Aviv (LLBG)
Carrier: El Al
Change of Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 to Boeing 747-400

 

Top 10 Routes I’d Create (Pie in the Sky)

1. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Liverpool John Lennon (EGGP)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300

2. Brunswick, ME (KBXM) – Shannon (EINN)
Carrier: American Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300

3. Portland, ME (KPWM) – Manchester (EGCC)
Carrier: American Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300

4. New York Kennedy (KJFK) – Cape Town (FACT)
Carrier: South African Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A340-600

5. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Casablanca (GMMN)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200

6. Burlington, VT (KBTV) – Manchester (EGCC)
Carrier: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400

7. New York Kennedy (KJFK) – Liverpool John Lennon (EGGP)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300

8. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Glasgow (EGPF)
Carrier: American Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300

9. Bangor, ME (KBGR) – London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carrier: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400

10. Boston Logan (KBOS) – Honolulu (PHNL)
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 767-400

 

* Aircraft operated seasonally by that given carrier.