QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 2015 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6019 times:
Well, I read yesterday that a fellow A-netter took a DXB-JFK flight which lasted 16 hours--more than 2 hours more due to wind. Is it common for flights to last longer than usual. What are your stories?
I once took a QR flight to London which lasted almost 9 hours, from the usual 7 hours! We could "feel" the wind blocking our movement and slowing us. Anyway, please feel free to share your elonged flight times--or flight paths. Sorry it was discussed before...
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12042 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5943 times:
I was coming back from China doing PEK-LHR on an Air China A343, the flight lasted nearly 12 hours, pasrtly due to a headwind, but also the fact that we only had 3 engines running for part of the journey.
To put it in context, this summer I did PVG-AMS, several hundred miles further in 10 hours, although that was on a slightly faster B744.
Also MAH-GLA, 1175 miles but it took us well over three hours due to a very strong headwind.
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Robsawatsky From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5919 times:
Well, had a YVR-OGG flight on the now defunct C3000 that took about 7 hours once due to intense jetstream enroute. Actually, they flew a significantly longer route to avoid the headwinds, flying far more west than south initially before finally turning nearly dead south.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6760 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5876 times:
I made the mistake of connecting in EWR on a return flight (from PBI) on CO once...EWR to PDX is one VEEERY long leg, especially on a 738 (~6 hour block time?). I was in the middle seat in economy, between two very large people, in the last row At least the IFE map showed us briefly overfly Canada in the great lakes region...someone busted the headphone plug for my seat, so I couldn't listen to the in-flight movie
Next time, I will use IAH as my connection location on CO!
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Tommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5845 times:
I did DFW-HNL one time on AA. That was 8 hours during the summer. And it made the flight feel so much longer because there was constant sunlight for the whole trip. I'd hate to see what that route is like during the winter.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5845 times:
it was fall 1995. We boarded a US 767 in Frankfurt. We took off. We immediately landed because of a mx problem. We were kept on the plane out at a remote stand for 2+ hours while they tried to fix the part. We took off once again. Miserable headwinds. Half way across the pond, the pilot comes on the intercom to tell us that all put one lav had been closed, because the holding tanks were near full. Seems that no one at FRA had thought to have the lavs pumped while we were on the ground. We finally land in PIT, 13 hours after boarding the plane. Passengers all sprint to the toilet. After relieving themselves of piss, pissed off passengers descend on US Airways customer service desk to change flights.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5825 times:
Flying from Australia to South Africa can be up to 2.5 hours longer going westbound than eastbound, because of the strong jetstreams over the Southern Ocean. I took a QF flight SYD-MEL-JNB, it was one of the very early nonstop MEL-JNB flights, and they SERIOUSLY misjudged the catering, basing it on the standard SYD-PER-JNB requirements. We had a tiny breakfast SYD-MEL (literally a bit sized croissant and juice), then a fairly miserable lunch on take off from MEL - bear in mind that this was a daylight flight, due to land in JNB mid-afternoon, and so very few people went to sleep. They didn't feed us again for 9 hours, people were starving - parents were mugging FA's in the aisle and demanding food for their kids who were passing out from low blood sugar - Eventually they came round with boxes of Anzac cookies (mmmmmm Anzaacccc cooookiieesss !) to stave off the pangs until they fed us a snack an hour before landing in JNB. That was a loooonggg flight
Another really long one was JFK-JNB nonstop - after finally getting on the flight (I was on NonRev standby having been offloaded off the one-a-week MIA-CPT-JNB flight so that the captains kids could fly - bastards ! - and had had to fly up to JFK to try to get home), I had dinner, watched the movie, took a very strong sleeping pill, slept 8 hours, and we STILL hadn't crossed the Angolan coastline when I woke up - aarrrgghhh - ho hum, very boring. They showed the same movie about 3 times IIRC.
Gmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5825 times:
AA MIA-EZE Dec 2001. Just after they closed the door they announced a delay because they had to reload the flight computer. We were not let out of the plane so spent an extra 1.5 hours on the ground in MIA. Total flight time including delay approximately 11 hrs.
Wahoo From Singapore, joined Oct 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5825 times:
I was flying on China Airlines 747 from TPE to LAX. About an hour into the flight I dropped my drink in the center part between the two seats on the upper deck. Well, the IFE system went down, at least the whole upper deck. I had to get up while the FA tried to "dry" the area. I was the only non-asian looking person and they were saying really not nice things in Mandarin about the situation. I know because I can speak some Mandarin from growing up in Singapore. Then the FA told the entire upper deck what I had done. All of the anger turned from not having the IFE to me. It was not a good situation.
**Off Topic** I bought the one way business ticket from a travel agent in Saigon. It was USD $600 but the actual price listed on the paper ticket was $1,600. Anybody know why? I thought maybe business people ask for this so they can turn it in for reimbursement and make a quick $1,000.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5555 times:
Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 10): Yesterday I flew from ATL-LAX on DL on a 767-400. The flight took 5 hours as opposed to the 4:10 it normally takes.
Great! The winter storms are making there way back I see with the crappy headwinds. I've got a few more client trips scheduled to SFO so I'm sure that already annoyingly long flight just got worse.
As for my longest flight it would have to be the few times I have flown EWR-SIN and back. The shortest I have done it was in 17.75 hours and the longest was about 19.5 when it is blocked for 18.5. It's just way too long to stay inside that little aluminum tube.
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SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5458 times:
Quoting Cessna057 (Reply 18): When dealing with differences like this, a huge part. The 763 cruise is like mach .82 and the 744 is like .88 which would slice a great deal of time off.
Quoting SevenHeavy (Reply 16): Obviously the aircraft plays a small part in flying time but for the most part it was entirely down to wind.
As I said . However your figures are a little off. A B744 actually cruises around M.085-M.086 (M.085 In Virgin's case). This is worth about 15-25 minutes on flights of this length so even allowing for this the difference is still over 2 hours.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5418 times:
When Qantas still operated into Kuala Lumpur, I flew between Singapore and KUL on a 767 which took almost 2 hours to complete a flight that normally takes 45mins.
I remember thinking it unusual when the Airshow map which was fairly new in those days saw us heading up to Medan overflying KUL. The pilot then announced that there was a problem at KUL and we were going to hold up in the air for a while. We circled around Medan for a while and crew served us a snack and a short film (!) before we finally landed in KUL.
There was no further information as to the cause of the 'problem' until I got to a tv screen in KL city and saw on the news that the airport had closed due to a fire at the control tower. QF had made no announcement on landing nor gave any apology for the delay - it all seemed like a routine 2 hr flight to the crew... how odd...
747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5380 times:
OMG! Please let me vent.. back in 1980 I volunteered to go to the refugee camps in northern Thailand and translate for the thousands of "Boat People" who had escaped Vietnam and were trying to get papers in order to come to other countries. I was asked by Food for the Hungry as well as UNHCR and the World Relief charity. The groups had charted a 747 from World Airlines, and all we had to do was get to Oakland and pay a $55 one way fare to cover food. Jesus! 480 people were going as far as HKG on a special $200 walk up fare, one way only. this was to cover the cost of getting this plane to BKK. I thought it would be empty! even brought a sleeping bag... I remember the Capt's name was Romano. seats so tiny and Packed tight! All signage was in six Asian languages. we took every inch of runway to get up, went to Alaska for gas, no getting off, stay in your seats! Then on to HKG but the crew said we needed to make a stop in Taiwan for gas because of excessive load and headwinds! I never felt the prolonged misery and despair of such a painful flight! Honest to God, it felt like we were in the air 30 hours! I honestly wanted to die! Taipei... stay in your seats again! we begged to get off and unfold but the gvt told the crew hell no, no visas, no notice we were coming, then to top this all off the Capt came on and said Oakland had to have a local contact rush to HK Peninsula and blew $500 on an overnight room! Ohhh thank you lawd for a hot bath, blind massage, and big bed! Next morning we were only a group of 36 flying on to BKK and I was pleased to be in the cockpit as we flew over my old area of operation in Vietnam, DaNang ATC was on the radio and to me that was way cool! When we landed we saw hundreds of refugees lined up with all they owned in plastic bags, ready to board for a new life in America! We went down the stairs and saw the return crew teaching people how to use diapers, and not to bring onboard anything that could make a flame! Just as soon as we were off, by the hundreds they piled on, and just like that that World Airways 747 was on it's way to HKG then OAK with Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and hmoung. We were flown to Chon buri for 10 days of work, then allowed three days in Bangkok before we took a flight to Oakland. Still feel sick at the thought of this flight from hell! But proud when I meet a nurse, doctor, educator or other outstanding person who spent time in that camp.