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User currently offlineboacvc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 613 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

Just curious to find out, if we had to remake the famous movie: "Around the World in 80 days", just how many hours would it take to make a complete journey "across the world" using regularly scheduled air service?

Any concrete examples would be enjoyed!

Rules:

Start in one direction, no back tracking..

Must return back to the same city as origin..

If you know what the ticket would cost, post it.

Allow for both leisure travel (overnight hotel stays) and direct plane-to-plane transfers. We wouldn't want to tire poorselves too much, should we?


Up, up and Away!
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User currently offlinebrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

A quick look online:

LHR - TPE (CI 70) 14-hour block time, departing LHR at 21:15, arr TPE 18:15. GBP 542.97.

One night in TPE.

TPE - JFK (CI 12) 18-hour block time, departing TPE 16:15, arr JFK 22:15. NT$30,001.

One (short) night in NYC.

JFK - LHR (AA 142) 7-hour block time, departing JFK 8:35, arr LHR 20:30. US$947.

Total block time: 39 hours (1 day, 15 hours)

Time between flights: 30:20. (1 day, 6 hours, 20 min)

Total travel time: 2 days, 21 hours, 20 min.

I'm pretty sure it could be done more quickly if the connections were better timed.



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3592 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

I've never done it faster than 10 days. ATL-CDG-JNB-CDG-BKK-ICN-ATL.

Heading west, you should be able to do it in less than 3 days.

You can get prices by googling RTW tickets.


User currently offlinebrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 2):
I've never done it faster than 10 days. ATL-CDG-JNB-CDG-BKK-ICN-ATL.

I've done it in 16 days: TPE - HKG - LHR - JFK - Fort Lauderdale // Miami - ATL - DFW - SFO - TPE

Not something I would ever want to do again.

Total cost (Dec 99 - Jan 00) was around US$2,000.



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineABpositive From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

It suggest that Equator crossing should be a pre-requisite as well.

User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

Quoting ABpositive (Reply 4):
It suggest that Equator crossing should be a pre-requisite as well.

That, and going around the world is just that...hitting up every continent.

Circumnavigating the globe and traveling around the world can be argued to be two VERY different things.



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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4662 times:
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Booked a client using the OneWorld booking engine. MCO-MIA-EZE-MAD-LHR-SIN-SYD-LAX-DFW-MCO in 10 days, Flew on AA, IB, BA and QF. Business class $5900USD in May of this year, booked 5 months in advance.


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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

My wife flew around the world in 10 days last year on Singapore business class. Her itinerary was ICT-DFW-LAX-SIN-SVO-IAH-ICT.


Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
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I have flown around the world twice using a combination of my non-rev flight benefits and ID90/ZED fares.


The first time was in September 2006 and I flew westbound ATL-NRT-SIN-BOM-CDG-BUD-JFK-ATL. It took me six days staying two nights in SIN and one night in BUD. I backtracked somewhat by flying CDG-BUD but I did it because the flights out of CDG were full and it was an easy way to get another stamp in my passport.  

Total flight time was about 45 hours and the ID tickets+flight fees were about $400-450 IIRC.


The second time was last October and I decided to fly eastbound this time. I flew ATL-DXB-HKG-SYD-LAX-SLC-IAH-ATL. The reason for the multi-stop cross country from LAX was due to heavy loads on the LAX-ATL and SLC-ATL flights on which I was unable to get on as a non-rev. This trip took me seven days to complete and I spent two nights in HKG and two nights in SYD.

Total flight time was 47:41 (47 hours 41 minutes) and it cost me $306 in ZED tickets and flight fees.


A great experience both times and I highly recomend it to anyone who wants to try it.



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User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 577 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

I was planning on flying YYJ-YVR-HKG-LHR-YVR-YYJ in one go late last year, but had to scrap it due to loads (didn't want a middle seat). I don't remember how long it was going to take exactly, but it was less than 3 days (allowing shortish stops in HKG and LHR).


Last Flight(s): YHZ-YUL-YYC-YVR-YYJ // YYJ-YYZ-YSJ-YHZ.....Next Flight(s):
User currently offlineaa777lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

I non-reved around the world for my birthday twice. In 2005 I flew eastbound in 5 days. My itinerary was 10/17 (ORD-LHR), 10/18 (LHR-NRT), 10/19 (NRT-HKG): 10/19 (HKG-SYD); 1 day in SYD visiting friends; 10/21 (SYD-BNE-LAX-ORD).

Last year I flew westbound in 3 days. 10/18 (ORD-NRT); overnight in Tokyo; 10/20 (NRT-BKK); 10/20 (BKK-DXB); 10/21 (DXB-YYZ); 10/21 (YYZ-MKE). I was gone just over 78 hours and extended my birthday to last almost 40 hours! I also flew the A380 (EK) twice.....truly a b-day to remember!

-AA777LVR


User currently offlineboacvc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 5):
That, and going around the world is just that...hitting up every continent.

Circumnavigating the globe and traveling around the world can be argued to be two VERY different things.

Hi, 10 replies in less than an hour? Must be an aviation friendly website!

ok... so I shall add these to the rules. Are these okay?

Quoting boacvc10 (Thread starter):
Rules:

Start in one direction, no back tracking..

Must return back to the same city as origin..

If you know what the ticket would cost, post it.

Allow for both leisure travel (overnight hotel stays) and direct plane-to-plane transfers. We wouldn't want to tire poorselves too much, should we?

ADD: your "orbit"   around the Earth by air travel has to cross the equator at least twice

ADD: you must touch the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia.

ADD: (Extra difficulty) At least one oceanic destination on the following oceans: Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian, Pacific.


Regards

BOACVC10



Up, up and Away!
User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4486 times:

Quoting aa777lvr (Reply 10):
I non-reved around the world for my birthday twice. In 2005 I flew eastbound in 5 days. My itinerary was 10/17 (ORD-LHR), 10/18 (LHR-NRT), 10/19 (NRT-HKG): 10/19 (HKG-SYD); 1 day in SYD visiting friends; 10/21 (SYD-BNE-LAX-ORD).

Last year I flew westbound in 3 days. 10/18 (ORD-NRT); overnight in Tokyo; 10/20 (NRT-BKK); 10/20 (BKK-DXB); 10/21 (DXB-YYZ); 10/21 (YYZ-MKE). I was gone just over 78 hours and extended my birthday to last almost 40 hours! I also flew the A380 (EK) twice.....truly a b-day to remember!

Loads pretty light in October? I might try to do this during my fall break around 10/10.


User currently offlineFlight209 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

November 3, 2010
UA6936 TYS 1530 - ORD 1615
UA153 ORD 1705 - SFO 1952
UA863 SFO 2237 - SYD 0710 (+ 2 days)

November 6, 2010
TG478 SYD 1630 - BKK 2200

November 8, 2010
TG703 BKK 0115 - JNB 0730

November 9, 2010
SA260 JNB 2020 - FRA 0615 (+ 1 day)

November 11, 2010
JJ8073 FRA 2230 - GIG 0759 (+ 1 day)

November 13, 2010
US801 GIG 2250 - CLT 0600 (+ 1 day)
US2318 CLT 0730 - TYS 0823

Total price for one adult Y ticket: US$7,816

[Edited 2010-08-05 23:01:19]


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User currently offlinewn676 From Djibouti, joined Jun 2005, 1038 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

I actually just got back last week from going around the world on ZEDs. I did it in 8 days, though it could have been done in 5. The trip started with PHX-IAH on US, IAH-CCS on CO, CCS-FRA-DXB on LH, DXB-JNB on EK, JNB-SYD-LAX on QF, and LAX-PHX on US, spending nights in DXB, JNB, and 2 days in SYD. I was pretty wiped when I finally got home.


Tiny, unreadable text leaves ample room for interpretation.
User currently offlineswissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

I once did it in 4 days (europe-asia-north america-europe) and 8 days (europe-africa-north america-asia-australia-africa-europe).

If it’s all about time this might be the fastest possible way from the US:
SQ 025 10SEP 5 JFKSIN 4 2125 0630+2 744
SQ 022 12SEP 7 SINEWR 3 1040 1750 345

SQ25 is clearly east-bound but SQ22 might depend on the actual routing, technically seen it goes east and crosses pacific even the actual flight route goes rather north-bound via the pole and you never see any pacific ocean.



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User currently offlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

A sample Itinerary of quickest way going west from Brisbane stopping all continents (but not Antarctica obviously) starting 3 November using cheapest available fares

03NOV10 Emirates EK433 Brisbane - Singapore - Dubai 0245 1300 777-300ER
03NOV10 Emirates EK923 Dubai - Cairo 1520 1725 777-300ER
FARE EK BNECAI AUD1568.79

04NOV10 Lufthansa LH581 Cairo - Frankfurt 0445 0810 747-400
04NOV10 Lufthansa LH542 Frankfurt - Bogota 1330 1925 A340-600
FARE LH CAIBOG AUD1224.20

05NOV10 American Airlines AA2170 Bogota - Miami 0840 1320 757-200
05NOV10 American Airlines AA231 Miami - Los Angeles 1815 2045 767-300ER
05NOV10 American Airlines AA7409 (operated by Qantas as QF16) Los Angeles - Brisbane 2350 0645+2 747-400
FARE AA BOGBNE AUD2992.09

23,832 Nautical Miles
4 Days 4 Hours or 100 Hours
Average Speed 238 kts or 441 km/h
Fare A$5,748.48 or ~24 cents per nm



"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

I have done a RTW in 16 days. trip report here

Someone has done a RTW in 60 hours which can be found here.

Both cross the equator.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

6 continents in 6 flight segments:

Nov. 4th
Avianca 49 LAX-BOG (11:30-20:45)
Avianca 10 BOG-MAD (21:35-13:15 Nov. 5th)

Nov. 5th
Egyptair 754 MAD-CAI (15:05-20:35)
Egyptair 910 CAI-DXB (22:15-03:35 Nov. 6th)

Nov. 6th
Emirates 412 DXB-SYD (10:15-6:55 Nov. 7th)

Nov. 7th
Delta 16 SYD-LAX (11:25-6:10)

Total elapsed time: 66 hours, 40 minutes

Total price: $3836


User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1089 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

Just finished a similar trip about 3 weeks ago.

ORD-PHX
Drive to TUS for a 4 day conference, then back to PHX.
PHX-SFO-MNL
MNL for 1 day
MNL-BKK
BKK for about 4 days
BKK-ZRH (intended to go BKK-NRT but no available seats out of NRT)
ZRH-EWR
EWR-MKE (EWR flights delayed--jumped on a MKE flight instead of ORD)

I would think a RTW trip could be done in less than 3 days if you just wanted to fly.

Interestingly, this RTW flight was actually 155 miles (according to Great Circle Mapper) shorter than my intended route!

21,235 miles.


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