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What Is A Red-Eye Flight?  
User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

Hi.

After having read many topics here on this superb forums I very often questioned myself what exactly is a Red-Eye Flight?

Thanks for your input.

Bye, Georg.

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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7516 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4347 times:

If I'm not mistaken, a red-eye flight means that it's an overnight flight.


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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4347 times:
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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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User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4345 times:

My understanding of a red eye (in the states anyway) is a late evening overnight departure - from west to east coast for example.


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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

to me a red-eye flight is a flight that departs original airport in the dark and arrives at a destination in a sun light.

Edit: Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?




[Edited 2004-08-19 17:40:45]


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User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Flights operating between 2300 and 0600.

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User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1999 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4132 times:
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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.



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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

Thanks Guys, that helped me very much!

Bye, Georg.


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3867 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!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39825 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

No you guys are all silly!
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User currently offlineVivavegas From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 505 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

If you want a red-eye flight, fly jetBlue! They can have some weird departures.


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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3471 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3647 times:

It's just a nickname for east-bound overnight flights in the U.S.

Correct.

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!

Primarily by us west-coast based pilots who spent the previous night flying to the east coast, try to sleep that day and have to fly the early a.m. east coast departure the following day.

...not much fun at all getting up at 4am!

Try 1am after staying up until 5am the previous "night." We (west coast based pilots) call them "early morning red-eye" flights.  Crying



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User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3633 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.

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User currently offlineNjdevilsin03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 727 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Bunch of Drunks I thought it was a flight where everyone was high! haha...


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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

I'm not sure if Canada uses the "red-eye" term but AC has two flights 1168 and 162 YVR-YYZ leaving at 11:15 and 11:45.

[Edited 2004-08-21 19:15:23]


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?

...they do, particularly out of LAS.


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3362 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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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 day ago) and read 3239 times:

Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?

...they do, particularly out of LAS.


I believe charters only, not scheduled flights. I could be wrong.



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User currently offlineMomona737 From New Zealand, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 21 hours ago) and read 3167 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???

Maria.


User currently offlineHPA320 From Mexico, joined Jul 2004, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 16 hours ago) and read 3081 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?



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 hours ago) and read 3007 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.




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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 hours ago) and read 2908 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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User currently offlineAzul320 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

Do you want to know what a blackeye flight is COEWR2587?


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User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 hour ago) and read 2861 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

Patrick


25 Post contains images AirEMS : Isn't that a flight to Jamaica?? LOL
26 Azul320 : Yamon we be blazin' the ganja upon arrival.
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