Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
No market is what I'd say - besides, with a flying time of 7 1/2 to 8 hours plus a time difference of 6 hours, you'd have to get the flight out of NYC at 8am latest, so that you do not run into trouble with FRA's curfew...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
I much prefer daylight eastbound transatlantic, you're not frantically trying to squeeze some sleep in between the time they finally clear your meal tray away and the time they slam on the cabin lights full blast and drop a frozen croissant on your table (I travel Economy, can't you tell ?). Daylight, you have a shorter day, rather than a shorter night, which is much easier on the jetlag.
Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
I don't think UA has a daylight ORD-CDG or to any other destination in Europe from there, cause two days ago due to the strong wind I landed late in ORD and I missed last flight to FRA. At the customers service they told me there weren't any UA daylight flights to Europe for the day after, so I was forced to wait the following afternoon to leave ORD.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
Leskova, believe me it works - I have no trouble going westbound with jetlag, but eastbound is a killer, especially BOS-LHR, which is can be as quick as 5hrs 30 (I think one flight was only 5:15, but I could be wrong) - so no time to sleep at all, plus you always arrive at LHR at some foul hour of the morning. Daylight is so much better, you get in around 2000/2100, time to have dinner, and go to bed reasonably normally. It means having to get up pretty early to check in, but its worth it. The only problem is if you need to connect at LHR - the flight gets in too late to connect to anything.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1901 times:
The connection part is actually the main thing that kept me from trying them so far... try finding a connection to HAJ (my "hometown airport") at that time... it's only served by BA from LGW, although BD flies there from LHR... BD's latest flight leaves at 17:40 - so no chance there... but even FRA is impossible, the latest going out is at 20:15, LH leaves at 20:00... so, in my case, I'll always need a hotel...
5 1/2 hours? That's really short - I for one complained (not really seriously, though ) to the crew of the LH A340-300 that brought me from IAD to FRA in under 7 hours... after all, I wanted to get at least a few hours of sleep on that flight!
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 22 Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1851 times:
Germany is too far away from the East Coast to effectively run a daylight flight.
If you had a flight from IAD leave at around the same time as the daylight flight to LHR (9am) because of time zone changes (flight time is similar), you wouldn't arrive into FRA until 1045pm. Now, I didn't know about a curfew but I'm sure this would be skirting it pretty close.
And FRA isn't a huge destination, either. It's mostly a business city, unlike Munich or Berlin. Everyone that flies into FRA usually does so to connect to another city, and by then all of the onward connections are long gone (except maybe a few last flights to the Far East).
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Sebwhite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
BOS-FRA would be totally doable for a daytime service. Takeoff to touchdown time is just about 6 1/2 hrs eastbound, despite what timetables may same. (BOS-LHR is 5 1/2). Right now, BA leaves at 8 and gets to LHR around 730. Even adding one hour extra to get the 400 further miles to FRA, plus time change, that's a 930 PM arrival into FRA.
SFO practically saw its own daylight flight today as BA 286 left around 1 AM Pacific, scheduled arrival into LHR at 730 PM tonight!
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7702 posts, RR: 55 Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1711 times:
JGPH1A, you're right, short eastbound flights overnight from the right coast of the US to the UK / NW Europe are killers. JFK to LHR is worse for jetlag than SYD-LHR. I've never tried an eastbound daylight flight.
What I wanted to say was, I've done Boston to Gatwick on a 747-100 in four hours 55 and indeed I've done Newark to Heathrow on a 747-400 in five hours 15. So you're right about the short flight times.
PS Concorde was allegedly a jet-lag free zone. I disagree, I flew BA001 nine days before the end of SST service and I was still sleepy in the early evenings for a couple of days, crashing out by 10 etc. I think the eastbound daylight Concordes would have been bad for jetlag, despite the reputation to the contrary; check in at 8am, sun just rising, and four hours later you're at baggage claim at Heathrow and it's 6pm already - dinner time.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
Cedarjet - 4:55 in a 747 - blimey ! Must have been motoring. I flew Concorde eastbound (on my one and only trip), but it was the BA4 that left around lunchtime and got in around 2100 - it was great, I had no jetlag at all. It was just like a 3 hour lunch. But maybe the BA2 was worse.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18824 posts, RR: 54 Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
All this talk of jetlag is strange. When I flew to ATL, 5 hours behind GMT, I had no problem. When flying to SIN from LHR, 8 hours ahead of GMT, and from CMB to LHR, 6 hours ahead of GMT, I had no jetlag - I was only slightly tired as I would normally be after being up X hours.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1433 times:
Pe@rson - from experience, it seems that travelling East-West is not nearly so bad for jetlag as West-East, regardless of time zones travelled (maybe its just me !). Eastbound transatlantic or SYD/HKG-LHR never did for me nearly so badly as in the opposite direction. I think its the fact that you lose a night.
Steph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1369 times:
I must say I'm feeling much more comfortable with the westbound jetlag. I did some months ago FRA-DFW-SFO and back with AA and I felt much better on the westbound part because I wasn't forced to sleep on the flight. On the eastbound part I had to sleep somehow and didn't manage that. On the arrival in FRA (6:30 am local time) I was really tired and couldn't do anything. I don't know how this feels when you fly business or first (in your company pays that), but if they won't pay and you have to fly economy, they really can't count on you working on the day you arrive. If there would be a daylight flight JFK-FRA I would definitely prefer to fly economy and sleep one night in FRA than flying business and arriving the next day in FRA in the morning.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1241 times:
The time difference would require the airline to depart not later than 8:00am, to arrive at around 9:00pm, local time. Business travellers generally prefer to overnight to Europe, because they would lose a whole day's work travelling to Germany.
Daylight flights are really intended for London, which is 6 hours 30 mins max from JFK or EWR.
TWA briefly attempted a daylight service to Paris in the 1980's with a 747 but it lasted barely six months. It departed at 9:00am and arrived at 9:50pm.
Currently, daylight flights are limited to London/Heathrow and are operated from JFK (AA, BA), EWR (VS), BOS (AA, BA), IAD (UA), and ORD (AA).
FraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
"And FRA isn't a huge destination, either. It's mostly a business city, unlike Munich or Berlin. Everyone that flies into FRA usually does so to connect to another city, and by then all of the onward connections are long gone"
That's not correct. FRA also has a lot of O/D traffic. There are tons of tourists flying into FRA and going on per bus.
Petazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1070 times:
Air France has a Night flight from CDG to JFK. Its great! Leaves Paris at 7:30pm. The return of that flight from JFK to CDG leaves at about Midnight (so I guess is isn't a daylight eastbound flight), but that westbound night flight is the best! Gives you a whole extra day in France AND you get to sleep twice (on the plane- and after landing) before working the next day. Plus the airport in Paris and New York are FAR less crowded. It's easy to find a taxi, security lines, etc.