Sky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3302 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?
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3242 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.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6421 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3099 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!
Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3062 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....
Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3053 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!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11945 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3028 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.
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