Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6073 times:
For me I just love flying longhal flights that depart at night. I don't know why but it seems the atmosphere is different, even at the airport as at night more people drink in the airport bars and so there is a 'happier' vibe, plus it's great to see all those city lights when you takeoff etc - more of an adventure. What about you - do you prefer day or night flying?
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6063 times:
On longhauls - night flights: you board the plane, watch the lights receding, eat dinner, recline the seat, sleep, wake up to eat breakfast, watch the landing and get off the plane - on day flights you'll always have to keep your fingers crossed that the airline has some decent films running (or that the book(s) that you've put into your handluggage aren't all that boring...
KAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6039 times:
On short haul I definetely prefer day flights, departing in the morning and arriving around lunch time. On long haul flights usually I prefer to fly through the night, cuz I feel tired and after dinner just can have a sleep.
Flykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 442 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5969 times:
From a pilot's perspective, probably the worst flights would be those that leave at night and arrive early morning. While they may be the most "comfortable" for the passenger, most pilots consider them to be the worst because of fatigue. The early morning sunrise seems to bring an onset of fatigue for most people and for a flight such as SYD-ICN (10 hours, single set of crew + 1 additional F/O), you are usually really feeling it by the end of the flight!
Of course, many cabin crew like nighttime flights because usually pax are sleeping which means less service is required!
...guess you can't please everyone!
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time
MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5928 times:
I think flying day time is good for watching the earth from high above,whilst night doesn't give that special touch.Although I do recall flying over NY city (IAD-LHR),it was at night,but New York's lights were something else from upthere.I was able to spot the Chrysler building!
RB211 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 632 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5775 times:
I prefer day flights for spotting and viewing purposes unless I have an international flight eastbound where of course in Atlanta, you don't have much of a choice. I once took the red-eye from LAX to ATL and this couple had their twin babies on board. Now I really know why they call it the red-eye!
Airline photography. Whether they're fully clothed, butt naked, having issues or confused I'm taking pictures!!
Dragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5675 times:
I like day flights, but I don't mind night flights that much.
I had a American Airlines flight from MCO-LGA that left at sunset (this was in the fall so it got dark early) and didn't land at LGA until well after dark. It was very cool seeing Washington DC and New York City lights at night.