AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2560 posts, RR: 25 Posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2562 times:
Is this possible? I know on the Concorde you could celebrate in London, then fly to New York for a whole NEW new year. But what about crossing the intl dateline? I'm still kinda confused about that... when you cross it going west you arrive two days later, no? And coming back, you arrive the day before? Ahh... my brain is starting to melt. Does anyone have any good stories from flying overnight on new years eve? Parties on board?
I ask because I will be flying ON new years day....close...
Anthsaun From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2522 times:
Back in 1987 - 88 I flew on December 31 from SFO to HNL. My flight was supposed to take off at 15:00 hrs, but a slight delay place the aircraft on the air at 22:00 aprox. Two hours later, at midnight SFO time, we celebrated New Years Day on the air. When we landed on HNL it was 23:45 on December 31 1987; so I was able to experience a second New Year within 3 hours.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2495 times:
You didn't cross the international date line and your timing doesn't make sense by a few hours. I believe SFO - HNL is about 5-6 hours. HNL is two hours earlier than SFO, if I'm not mistaken. You needed to leave closer to 20:00 hours to arrive at the indicated time.
Regardless, when I was in Japan, I left Osaka (OGG?) at 9 p.m. and arrived in HNL at 7 a.m. of the same day. It was not New Year's but the same formula could be applied. You could leave Japan at 6 a.m. on January 1, for example, and arrive in HNL around early afternoon of the December 31.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
I have done it before on an AKL-LAX flight. This last year I flew AKL-LAX and had an extra long new year's eve. Unfortunately the plane passed the international dateline before we hit midnight, so I didn't experience two new years. However I did experience two on a UA flight from AKL-LAX back in 1994. The flight was delayed a little so we entered 1995 before hitting the dateline. I was told that the pilot made an announcement, but I was young at the time and was sound asleep because we got business class upgrades due to the 744 being empty on New Year's eve.
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