Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4279 times:
Im looking to book a trip to Sydney in February and the longest haul single sector flight I have flown is 7-8hrs.
I have to be honsted I am a very restless traveller and find it hard to remain seated ona single flight for any longer than this... Hence when I have flown to the west coast of the US from the UK I have always flown via Philadelphia or Charlotte to break the journey.
I am considering Emirates but I think the sector DXB-SYD is 10hrs+ and don't honestly think I could handle it!
I think the only realistic route is Gulf Air as that would be via BAH and BKK.
Any one got any sugggestions or ideas, I am looking to spend no more than £1000 return.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4248 times:
You could try LON-DXB-BKK-SYD as seperate flight segments (LON-BKK return, BKK-SYD return) but that's coming up at around ï¿½1100.
To be honest, I'd suggest biting the bullet and just going for it. 12-13 hours to Bangkok, stay there a few days (or Singapore, but Thailand is IMHO a more exciting place to visit), then do the last 9 hours to Sydney.
I thought the same way as you last year. I did BHX-DXB-BKK, two 6-7 hour flights with a 3 hour layover, because I thought it would be better than a straight 12-13 hour flight. I was wrong, while hanging around DXB at 3am I just wanted to get to Bangkok as fast as possible!
Get an aisle seat and wander up and down the aisles every hour or two. Sleep onboard as well as that passes a few hours.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13199 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4181 times:
Have you considered going to a 'bucket shop' and get a cheap fare with several stops in each direction? You could probably arrange for a couple of 1/2 to 1 day stops to give you a break along the way. Maybe they can get you a cheap Biz class seat for a route too, so you have more room to sleep. I have done 12 hours between LAX and AUK in the cheap seats a couple of times, so I can understand your anexity about such long stretches.
Jetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4172 times:
Oh i was faced with the same challenge this weekend, I found a really great fare online and was going to book it,,and before i put my c.c. number in i realized,im just to tired to handle that long of a flight nonstop,especially since i am a smoker. If they would just designate 1 cigarette for everyone every hour or so,i think i could handle it. But as it is i have to make 3 or even 4 connections...
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4141 times:
You could try Finnair via Helsinki and Narita to Cairns. LHR-HEL is about 3 h, HEL-NRT about 9½ h and NRT-CNS 7½ h. Or take HEL-PEK which is shorter, around 8 hours. I think AY also has some very attractive prices to offer - especially if you are not from Finland; we always pay the most to AY.
Of course here is this 9½ h flight to Tokyo Narita but you have the same if you fly via BKK to SYD. BKK-SYD is baou 9 hours also.
But i would also say go for it, give it a try - I mean these 12 h flights. You can make it, especially if you take some airline with high class IFE and PTVs. They say that even a 12 h flight is too short to experience all the possibilities of these systems.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3832 times:
Actually, ZKSUJ has a good idea with taking the NZ "Island Hopper." You might have to bite the bullet and do 12 hours one way and 10 1/2 the other LHR-LAX-LHR, but you would not have as hard a time down to OZ, as no flight would be over 8 hours. Then again, I just thought. You could probably get a Star RTW that went LHR-IAD-LAX-(NZ pacific island stops)-AKL-SYD-SIN-LHR and only one long flight in there. Since UA and NZ code share on many of their flights, you could probably get 1 ticket return going LHR-IAD/JFK-LAX-Pacific Islands-AKL-SYD and back
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BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3781 times:
Depends on where you are going, Maybe Emirates via DXB would be your best option, If you are flying to Sydney take the non stop flight from DXB-SYD and find something to knock yourself out with, Ambien or some other sleeping drug then time should fly really quickly.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
LHR-EWR-SIN-SYD, that will cure your restlessness real quick! If your not familiar, EWR-SIN is the world's longest segment so far at 18 hours with Singapore Airlines. Get through that and you'll be fine.
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
It was so much easier for people like you back in 1980s - every airline had to make stops even on their routes to SIN. I think the best of the stoppers was Garuda Indonesia - called Henry the Hopper back then. They made the most stops on their way to Singapore and Jakarta.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
Would you could do (if you are mad, like me) is to buy two seperate tickets: one from LHR to SIN and one from SIN to SYD (or wherever else in Australia). For the first part, you could fly BG routing LHR-DAC-BKK-SIN for £390 including taxes and stay there for however long you want, then fly onto Australia. On the way back, after flying from Australia to SIN, you could then fly SIN-BKK-DAC-DXB-LHR. Lots of connections, nice and cheap, and great fun!
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Minmiester From Australia, joined May 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3607 times:
I'm assuming you're heading from UK. Hop on a trans-atlantic flight, get from East Coast USA to LAX in as many short hops as you feel necessary, then hop on NZ's island-hopper to Papeete, Raratonga and AKL, then onto SYD, longest sectors there are the trans-atlantic and the hop from LAX to Papeete, but all are under 9 hours i think?
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3485 times:
I recommend: LHR-KUL(or BKK or MNL) SYD.
I know the LHR-Asia leg is very long, but you are actually travelling to Australia which is half the world away...
Anyway, enjoy your stay in Australia.