WhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1085 times:
Soon I'll be flying from LA to Europe and I'm coming back from Frankfurt to Washington DC and then to LA. I wondered why the flight time difference Is so big. The flight from LA to FRT is 10h30 and from FRT to WSG is 8h45 + to LA another 5h30 which makes over 14 why is that ? Can anyone explain it to me? And on more thing, I'm leaving LA at 6 30pm am I gonna fly during night? or am I gonna try to catch up the day ? Thank you
Then there's also the fact that takeoffs and landings take extra time, so even if Washington were on the direct route, you'd still need longer.
About flying through the night - didn't you fly from LAX to Munich (and onwards to Poland) back in March? It's the same this time - you'll be flying through the night (by the way - I was in MUC the day your flight arrived, just as I said in that thread back then: if you want pictures of your flight arriving in MUC, just send me an eMail through my profile).
A330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
WhiteEaglePL - as somebody already said, it's a factor of winds and jetstreams etc. Another example of this that I experienced recently was an LAX-BKK and BKK-LAX flight: LAX-BKK was about 19 hrs, and the return about 17. the LAX-KIX segment was about 12 hrs, or a little less, and KIX-LAX was 10 hrs 10 minutes - almost 2 hr difference right there.
but also, you are stopping in DC on your way back - could be why the time is longer than a nonstop from Germany - LA. Already the Germany - LA flight would be longer than LA-Germany one, but a stop in DC I think would add a little time.