Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13250 posts, RR: 16 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7095 times:
Would it be possible for someone to do, or has anybody ever done, flying around the world, traveling at least 25,000 miles, using commercial, scheduled airlines in 80 elasped hours or less? The elasped time would include all connecting times on the ground as well as all air time. I was thinking of a route like NYC - London - Singapore - Sydney or Auckland - Los Angeles - NYC, so to have enough mileage. My question was raised by the proposed non-stop around the world solo flight to take place in January 2005.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7591 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7061 times:
Actually, NW is chartring a flight that goes around the world, JFK-Somwhere in Argentina-Perth-PEK-JFK, the website http://www.over-both-poles.com has been down for a while, but its supposed to be a flight to beat the world record.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6688 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6936 times:
This could be done in many different ways; I guess I would fly
UA 914 IAD-CDG on a 777 dep 1750 arr 0710+1
AF 272 CDG-NRT on a 772 dep 1030 arr 0625+1
NH 002 NRT-IAD on a 772 dep 1110 arr 0940
So completing the round the world in about 70 hrs!
I did a longer but continous round the world in 2002:
30-Jun-02 IAD-JFK Atlantic Coast UA 7220 11:11 1:03h Bae Jetstream 41
30-Jun-02 FK-CDG Air France AF 023 17:04 6:23h Boeing 777-200ER
1-Jul-02 CDG-MXP Air France AF 1114 8:15 1:00h Airbus A320-200
1-Jul-02 MXP-FCO-MLE Air Europe PE 7924 22:03, 00:27 0:49h, 8:21h Boeing 777-200ER
2-Jul-02 MLE-SIN Singapore SQ 451 23:21 4:27h Airbus A310-300
3-Jul-02 SIN-BKK Thai TG 404 12:24 2:03h Boeing 777-200
3-Jul-02 BKK-NRT All Nippon NH 916 23:30 5:58h Boeing 777-200
4-Jul-02 NRT-IAD All Nippon NH 002 11:15 12:13h Boeing 777-200ER
So I left at 11:11 on 30 June and arrived on 4July at about 11:00; five nights on airplanes in a row but did manage to get about 4h of sleep in the transit hotel in BKK. I was very tired when I got back
Purpose of the trip was to fly the AirEurope (PE) 777. Trip report is posted in the trip report forum.
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6904 times:
AeroWesty has the right idea. In order to do a correct circumnavigation of the globe, you need to fly in both hemispheres to do it correctly (get the 25K mileage). JFK-LHR-BKK-SIN-SYD-LAX-JFK(EWR) would certainly do the trick and would be a night flight most all of the way.
For me, were I do undertake such a journey, I would do it westbound. F class only (beds) with lots of water, aspirin and pajamas. The risk of DVT, even with the layovers is really high because of so many hours in the air.
Of course, someone would have to underwrite the trip, since I don't have the $10000+ it would take to get it done.
If there are ten of you out there who have the $$ and are willing to make a little history, let me know and I probably could get the trip (and the press coverage) put together. I'm sure the airlnes involved would help out, since it would make great publicity for them.
Let me know your thoughts....
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
Uadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6879 times:
unfortunately BA nor anyone else flys non stop from LGW to NRT,,,the time you would take to get from lgw to lhr would take to long to make it work....unless you want to look at the sights of london on the bus
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3017 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6690 times:
Sure, it's possible to fly around the world in less than 80 hours on scheduled commercial flights. The trickier part, however, is adding a stop on every inhabited continent (with North and South America being counted separately, to keep it interesting). There was an article in Airliners magazine many years ago by a guy who tried to do this in 80 hours. Due to some unfortunate delays, I believe he missed his goal, but came pretty close. I don't remember the exact routing but I know he went via CCS, LHR, CAI, somewhere in Southeast Asia and then I think SYD.
With that in mind, I looked at schedules for some random dates (starting June 1, 2005) and came up with this routing:
1JUN AA935 MIA 11:06 CCS 14:22
1JUN AF461 CCS 16:45 CDG 08:10+1
2JUN AF524 CDG 10:15 CAI 15:45
2JUN EK924 CAI 19:15 DXB 23:50
3JUN EK412 DXB 10:15 SYD 06:06+1
4JUN QF149 SYD 09:40 LAX 06:00
4JUN AA280 LAX 09:18 MIA 17:12
So, from 11:06 a.m. on June 1 to 5:12 p.m. on June 4 is a grand total of 78 hours and 6 minutes, including stops in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, all with legal connections.
I'll give it a shot, if anyone's willing to pay my way. In first class, of course!