Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 516 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2462 times:
Just curious as to why Southwest does not have any true red eye flights. Almost all their eastbound flights get to their destinations by midnight or about 1:00. But, there are no midnight departures from West Coast cities that get to East Coast ones at 5 and 6 in the morning. Almost every other carrier has late night eastbounds.
PHL-SEA wouldnt be considered a red-eye...just a long flight
SEA-PHL would be a red eye if you took off from SEA at around 11pm pacific and arrived in PHL around 7am eastern, while not an 8 hr flight, technically you are flying over night with less time and less sleep (if any)...thus you would then have "red eyes".
This term doesnt apply to any day time flight, only overnighting flights
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Falcon flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2214 times:
I know the topic has been discussed to death, but with sources of revenue becoming more and more elusive, I really believe that it's only a matter of time before we see Southwest red-eyes. With the increase in trans-cons that airline is flying, it may not be on a large scale, but I do think it's inevitable.
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Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3201 posts, RR: 45 Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
Quoting Lsgg (Reply 1): Sorry for my ignorance guys, but can someone tell me what is a red eye flight
I realize other people have already answered you, but I thought I'd make one more addition; most redeyes take advantage of time zones, to make the flight "longer." There is a "redeye" that leaves DEN at like 2:30, and gets into IAH at 5. Most redeyes fly from West to East, because it allows them to skip over time zones, as opposed to flying back into the same time. The same reason that a flight leaving LAX at midnight and gets into JFK at about 6, even though its only a 3.5 hour flight.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 25996 posts, RR: 78 Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1736 times:
Quoting BA747400 (Reply 10): I too am surprised that WN has not introduced a red-eye flight.
They have thrown about the idea of flying a few from LAS, given the extreme success of HP on those routes, but have stayed the course of no redeyes up till now
Quoting BA747400 (Reply 10): Jet Blue has a red-eye from DEN-BOS...i Believe this is still running.
B6 actually has a habit of starting in a market with a redeye as a test and then doing daytime flights later. It allows them to get maximum utilization as they can fly on the east coast during the day, then to the west, the back east over night
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QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1857 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
The reason is because that is when WN does all of their maitenence along with the deep cleaning of each plane. Instead of pulling it out of service which is a domino effect, they'll do the mx late at night so that it's ready in the morning.
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AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
Actually I have noticed that a lot of the non-stop West to East coast Southwest flights takeoff early or late morning. There was also discussion of having redeye flights only out of Las Vegas, I don't know if Southwest is still trying to do that.