AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3702 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4305 times:
A prime example is a LAX to JFK flight. You leave LAX late at night, fly all night and get into JFL early in the morning when the sun is just coming up. When you get off of the plane your eyes are red and you feel like a zombie.
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PA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1986 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4090 times:
It's just a nickname for east-bound overnight flights in the U.S. The time difference and relatively short length of flight make it difficult to get adequate sleep, hence the term "red-eye".
The term is not used for east-bound trans-atlantic or transpacific flights because those have always been traditionally overnight flights. Daylight flights between USA and Europe are relatively recent, and limited only to the U.S.-U.K. market.
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3825 times:
It's often used to describe very early morning flights also - the type where you get just a few hours sleep before you have to wake up for your flight! Have had far too many flights leaving at about 6:30-6:45am from LHR, not much fun at all getting up at 4am!
N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3591 times:
I just did one a week and a half ago. Got up. Photographed the Blue Angels and the rest of SeaFair, went home and packed, went to the airport. Flew Alaska Airlines SEA-MIA left at 10:00PM Pacific Time and arrived at 6:39 Eastern Time. On top of that, drove to Key West. Kick ass good time until we got booted out of the keys due to Charlie.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4291 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3320 times:
Hands down, the ultimate red-eye flights are MIA-EZE or MIA-SCL (JFK-EZE is too long and the sun is up in either city when you arrive, being that the seasons are reversed). The length of time of the flights is just perfect for red-eye.
You leave EZE at night and see that sprawling city below you and the freeways... Followed by the darkness of the huge river... Then more darkness with some islands of light, as you cross the argentine heartland with it's many small towns, all while you eat you dinner... And then total darkness as you enter the heart of South America across the Gran Chaco and the Amazon (where sometimes you can see forest fires). During this time you will likely watch the prefunctory movie, play around with the music stations, or just close your eyes.
When you wake up, you're crossing the Caribbean, nothing to see down there so you stare at the tropical clouds below you, the glowing yellow moon above... then the lights turn on the cabin (what a horrible moment for your eyes!), have breakfast, and as you are finishing it the sprawling lights of South Florida approach, the plane descends, the lights turn off, and in no time you land in MIA.
I love those flights!
ps- And on MIA-SCL flights in the southern winter, the sun slowly rises to the left of the plane over the totally white snowed Andes... An incredible site, made even more realistic by the fact that when you leave MIA the air is humid and warm on board, and when you wake up it's A LOT chillier and far more crisp.
You can smell your arrival to the southern hemisphere's winter! Just awesome.
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Momona737 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
I flew Auckland - Perth, Perth - Auckland business class in 1997. On the return journey, I departed Perth 6.30pm local time and arrived Auckland next day around 6am. With the west --> east direction, and the eight hour flight duration, I considered this to be a "red eye" flight. So maybe we have them here in the Pacific also???
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
Red-Eye nowadays most likely means west to east travel, or hemisphere crossing flights, BUT!
Back in the Golden Age, a flight to and from Florida could also be a redeye. Both directions would leave around midnight, arrive around 5:30 to six in the morning. This was to places like Chicago and the NYC area from mostly Miami.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
Well, America West 2nd hub LAS has it's main operation late at night.
Therefore, it can be called a Red Eye Flight Hub.
Does everyone agree with me?
Oh yeah BIG TIME!!! Thats actually correct. My gf's aunt who is a 21 year flight attendant for HP works ALOT of the red-eye flights out of LAS to BWI, etc etc and she loves it and still does it today. Those are the only flights she will do. HP is BIG on red-eye flights out of LAS.
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SouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
Before PHX became all TED service, United had a Phoenix to Chicago red-eye flight that I took...it left Phoenix at 11:59pm and it arrived in Chicago the next morning at 5:20am. I did feel like crap afterwards :-P