Today you would likely via Dubai, or perhaps take one of the long flights say Zurich -> NRT.

If I'm not mistaken Dubai came to it's current position in early 2000s, so in the 90s it was not the typical international hub it is today. And the longer Europe -> Asia legs were not common.

What would have been a typical route in the middle nineties?

More generally, is there an "expedia of the past"?

As a child (70s) I know all the typical routes, say, UK - Australasia in that era, but they have all changed drastically. Is there any way to find or know the typical routes of past decades? (Other than asking now-old airline staff!)

  • $\begingroup$ (there are a number of similar excellent questions on the site, eg aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/53584/… ) $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    May 14, 2022 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ It's a shame this knowledge is being lost forever. $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    May 14, 2022 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ There are direct flights … $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    May 22, 2022 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Antzi in 1997 ?? $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    May 22, 2022 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t know. I meant today. $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    May 22, 2022 at 13:14

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I think what you want for this question,and other similar ones, are old copies of "The ABC World Airways Guide" .

This image, from a 1991 copy, gives you some sense of what was contained within it https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1E9sPe3jKGQ/Ur7xyNPWerI/AAAAAAAAMTI/9T9ARGBdCDE/s1600/PK+pia+pakistan+1991+1.jpg .

It showed you the points at which a flight landed but it didn't indicate the routes between those points ... I think it's the former rather than the latter you want ?

From googling around I can see large libraries which hold copies of these.

UPDATE: This blog post https://airline-memorabilia.blogspot.com/2013/12/abc-world-airways-guide-1991.html contains a number of other images from a 1991 copy of the guide.

UPDATE2: This is also an amazing, to me at least, resource http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/complete/complete.htm .

  • $\begingroup$ Glaucon, this is an incredibly useful answer. Thank you! (I'm a bit surprised there is not more interest in this question!) Again thanks!!! $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    May 17, 2022 at 13:03
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    $\begingroup$ Fattie - It's certainly stuff that interests me but I guess it's not for everyone ;-) I remember thumbing through ABC World Airways Guide. Apart from the timetables there were lots of fascinating footnotes about obscure places ... rather geeky but then I am ! $\endgroup$
    – glaucon
    May 17, 2022 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ Heh - such is life $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    May 18, 2022 at 11:48

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