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User currently offlineSky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Recently I just did an Emirates A345 non-stop service DXB-MEL and a B773 direct service MEL-SIN-DXB.

As a passenger I personally prefer to do the non-stop service because it gets to the destination quicker but as many enthusiasts on here I guess you prefer to be sitting on the plane longer. What do you prefer non-stop or direct?

The second question is, on any routes which is more profitable to airlines doing a stop or not?

Happy Flying  Smile

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User currently offlineMaddy From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

For me it depends on the price.

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

If the flight is 5 hour or less, I prefer non-stop. Over 5 hours I prefer a direct flight with a stopover. First, you have the thrills of additional landings and take offs. Secondly, you might get a chance to stretch your legs and do a bit of duty-free shopping and/or aircraft spotting.

Many years ago BA (or BEA as it was at the time) flew LHR-IST with intermediate stops in Rome and Athens. I really enjoyed these short hops on the Tridents. They then changed it to a non-stop flight that at some stages became rather boring.

The second question must be difficult to answer. Obviously with additional landing charges and more fuel consumption on take off, it must be cheaper to fly direct. On the other hand the airlines might pick up more passengers (assuming that there were no restrictions on local traffic), so it is more profitable to make a stop.

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User currently offlineCessnalady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 312 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3852 times:

For as long as there are no customs or immigration procedures to clear, I like the stops better; take-offs and landings are my delight.


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

See, I am a very weird airplane nut...i hate being on airplanes. I mean, I love planes and all, but I hate actually flying for the most part. I just want to get on the plane and get to my destination ASAP. I will almost always be willing to be up to $100 more for a nonstop rather then stopping. I know, I'll probably be kicked out of a.net, but i cant help it!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

I prefer stops with a plane change. More take offs and landings, more aircraft types and seeing different airports is a big part of the fun of traveling for me.

Kris  Smile

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Unless I'm not flying FR or aren't in a hurry, I prefer indirect flights, which explains why I flew LHR-SIN via MLE, CMB and KUL. Much more exciting than a boring, standard non-stop flight.

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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Depends on whether I'm doing a mileage run or not. Mileage run = more stops the better. If I'm trying to get somewhere, then obviously a non-stop will suit me best.

Although in either case, flying and getting there is half the fun no matter what the goal. Big thumbs up

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

As long as I have the time, I'll go for the connection(s). Who wouldn't?  Big grin


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

I travel New Zealand to Europe a lot. I miss the days of the Middle East stopover. These long hauls of up to 15 hours non stop, back to back, are simply too much.

I'll often take a stopping service to see new places or fly on a new plane/airline but if I'm with the other half, I have to take as direct as possible- unless I lie through my teeth and spend up big in the duty free store....

User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

6-8 hours non-stop I can manage. Anything more simply requires a stop that let's me get off the plane. I can't even imaging being locked up in one of those SIN-EWR or DXB-JFK flights. Start panicking just thinking of it!

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

For me, it depends on:


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3667 times:
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Non stop any day over a stop or direct flight.....

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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Normally I prefer the nonstop.
Which one is more profitable for the airline depends on the route, the existing network at the origin and destination and lots of other things...

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12171 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3661 times:

It has to depend upon the nature of the travel, if I am purely on a spotting trip then I will actively take as many flights as possible with as many stopovers as possible, but if I am just going on holiday or to see people then I would much prefer a direct flight.

Dan  Smile

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