Congaboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5218 times:
Not sure, but I absolutely love taking them. I took an IAD-LHR recently and had no ill-effects from jet lag. Does anyone know how many we have from North America to Europe, and what the routes are? I would like to know what the overall availability might be...
Willyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
I think BA was the first from the New York area. I remember taking the daylight flight back in the 1980s, and that was before AA or UA even flew to LHR. I'm not sure whether pan Am or TWA flew them or not. I have no idea about AC.
MCMAHONSMR From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5006 times:
VS used to offer them on JFK-LHR a couple of years ago so they aren't really "starting" a new flight but more like "resuming" a discontinued one. I took VS026 in January 2001 and connected to the BD135 flight to DUB. This really was one of the most convenient itineraries I have ever done. Unfortunately, when I tried taking AA another time on AA142 to connect to EI187 to DUB I didn't make it. AA put me in the Sheraton LHR and booked me on the first EI in the morning.
As far as I know these are the current daytime flights from North America to Europe:
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6375 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4917 times:
UA has a flight that leaves ORD at 6am and arrives LHR at 9:55pm that day, flight 922. It is a change of flight, so it is TECHNICALLY the IAD-LHR flight that is the daytripper, but just to add to the list...
I took one of these once, the morning AA ORD-LHR...oh I HATED it. Never again...unless it's really cheap
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8245 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4895 times:
Air Canada have their AC868 which leaves Toronto Pearson at 9am and lands at London Heathrow at 9.15pm, operated daily with a Boeing 767-300. I notice that the same aircraft performs another North Atlantic service with a colloquial name (a la Red Eye, Daytripper), the Poor Man's Concorde. A Poor Man's Concorde is a westbound subsonic flight that leaves Europe quite early in the morning, arriving at or before lunchtime in North America. A classic case is BA's BA117, a 747-400 which leaves Heathrow at 8.20am and arrives at Kennedy at 10.50am. I know United used to have an even earlier one, left LHR at 7.45am and arrived at JFK at 10am. Anyway the aircraft (763) that operates Air Canada's Daytripper then operates their Poor Man's Concorde back to Toronto the next morning, leaves Heathrow at 8.55am and arrives at Toronto at 10.50am.
Quoting SW733 (Reply 8): I took one of these once, the morning AA ORD-LHR...oh I HATED it. Never again...
Really? Everyone I know who's ever done it said it transformed their preconceptions of longhaul travel (they may not have used those exact words). I'm so intrigued I'm doing my first eastbound Daytripper in a few weeks, the BA daylight flight from Kennedy to LHR.
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Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4709 times:
A real daytripper was on the BA Concorde leaving at 1030, flying back from JFK arriving around 2130. In the summer it was daylight all the way.
BA had a special day return fare for businessmen who needed to meet personally in JFK.
I did it to celebrate my 50th birthday a few years back - I shall never forget it!
Back to the thread header - as BOAC Cabin Crew in the early 60s, I regularly flew the 1000 Monarch 707 service from IDL (JFK), arriving LHR around 2130 - again daylight all the way in the summer. Working in the First Class cabin with all sorts of movie and TV personalities as passengers, it was great fun carving a juicy sirloin Steak from the trolley! Oh yes, those were the days!
[Edited 2006-02-21 16:26:04]
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GalleySlave From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4666 times:
The best daytripper I ever took was BGI to LHR on Concorde which BA operated in their winter schedules for several years - departed midday, arrived 19.45 (and you got to walk out to the aircraft across the apron in Caribbean sunshine!)....ah, happy days!
These days BOS to LHR on BA's 777 is the only daytripper I travel regularly. I don't find jet-lag a problem but I hate the "let's close the blinds and all pretend like it's night-time" approach encouraged by the crew.