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Flights That Arrive Before You Left?  
User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18816 times:

I had a friend tell me years ago, that he had a flight that went west through a time zone or two, and the time he arrived at his destination, was before he left. Have any of you done this before, and what routes is this possible on? I am curious if the Concorde ever pulled this off?
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User currently offlineEBGARN From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18805 times:

I'm sure there are plenty. This is one I've done a few times:

17:05 - 17:00 TKU - ARN 00:55 KF417(DX)

If the winds are favorable, the flight time may get down to 30-40 min.



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User currently offlineCatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18759 times:

Reminds me of one of my favorite sports stories, as told by Bob Costas. He used to be the play by play announcer for the St. Louis Spirits in the old ABA.

"There is the legendary story about the Spirits getting ready to depart on a flight that left Louisville, Ky., at 8 p.m. and would get into St. Louis at 7:56 p.m. due to a time-zone change. Upon looking at the schedule, Marvin Barnes who was a star for the Spirits at the time said, 'I ain't getting on no time machine,' and rented a car for the trip.

The happy-go-lucky Barnes said the tale is true."


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18762 times:
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Even better , travel from AKL-APW on NZ and you can arrive the day before you left . This is due to New Zealand being on one side of the international date line and Samoa being on the other side .


0730 1125-1 NZ260 320 2 0 B departs Tue arrives Mon
1000 1355-1 NZ260 763 4 0 M departs Thu arrives Wed
1540 1935-1 NZ262 320 13 0 M departs Mon/Wed arrives Sun/Tue



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 3077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18723 times:

ATL - BHM on Delta will get to BHM before you left.
Flight time is only about 25 minutes and ATL is on Eastern time and BHM is on Central.



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User currently offlineCityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18716 times:

I I've thought about this many many times, although if you can not only travel back in time, but also back to last year!

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 3):
Even better , travel from AKL-APW on NZ and you can arrive the day before you left . This is due to New Zealand being on one side of the international date line and Samoa being on the other side .


0730 1125-1 NZ260 320 2 0 B departs Tue arrives Mon
1000 1355-1 NZ260 763 4 0 M departs Thu arrives Wed
1540 1935-1 NZ262 320 13 0 M departs Mon/Wed arrives Sun/Tue

It should be possible with this one right? If December 31 is on Monday for instance, you celebrate new year in New Zealand & then take the flight at 07.30 on Jan 1 just to arrive in Samoa 11.25 on December 31! Right?

I've always wanted to do this haha! Big grin



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User currently offlineBen175 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18698 times:

QF SYD-HNL departs 1925 arrives 1030 that day.

User currently offlineTapman From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18697 times:

Can't name any flights I have been on that have done it although AMS-MAN must come quite close.

However the eurotunnel between England and France only takes 30-40minutes so you are back in England before you leave France


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18697 times:
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Quoting CityAirline (Reply 5):
It should be possible with this one right? If December 31 is on Monday for instance, you celebrate new year in New Zealand & then take the flight at 07.30 on Jan 1 just to arrive in Samoa 11.25 on December 31! Right?

True , I had forgotten about that , in fact , IIRC ten years ago there were some charters which did exactly that . They flew people to New Zealand to see in the year 2000 , then flew them on to Samoa to go back to 1999 and do it all over again .



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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3970 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18684 times:
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Quoting CityAirline (Reply 5):
I've always wanted to do this haha!

Back in the days, there were charter Concorde flights that let you have three New Year's. Boarding right after midnight either in Paris or London, another midnight somewhere in flight and the third midnight in New York after landing...



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User currently offlineDitzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 718 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18646 times:

Flights between Darwin and Kununurra arrive before they depart thanks to a 50-60 minute sector time and 1.5hr time change.

User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18624 times:
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Concorde would do it on a daily basis. BA001 would leave LHR at 1030 and arrive at JFK 0900 local time. There was also the Millenium flights that were done leaving LHR just after midnight and arriving in New York in time for another Millenium celebration.


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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18615 times:

I have done it many times, flying from Guam or Japan toward the US.

Continental Airlines Flight 2 departs Guam at 0640 AM and arrives in Honolulu at 1750 the day before - i.e. departs Friday morning and arrives Thursday evening.

It also works the other way around. My daughter's seventh birthday disappeared when we boarded a plane in Seattle late on Dec 4 one year and arrived late in Tokyo just after midnight in the early morning of Dec 6.


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18592 times:
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Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 12):
My daughter's seventh birthday disappeared when we boarded a plane in Seattle late on Dec 4 one year and arrived late in Tokyo just after midnight in the early morning of Dec 6.

How did she take that news that she wasnt getting any birthday presents that year?



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User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1039 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18546 times:



Quoting Catiii (Reply 2):
Reminds me of one of my favorite sports stories, as told by Bob Costas. He used to be the play by play announcer for the St. Louis Spirits in the old ABA.

"There is the legendary story about the Spirits getting ready to depart on a flight that left Louisville, Ky., at 8 p.m. and would get into St. Louis at 7:56 p.m. due to a time-zone change. Upon looking at the schedule, Marvin Barnes who was a star for the Spirits at the time said, 'I ain't getting on no time machine,' and rented a car for the trip.

The happy-go-lucky Barnes said the tale is true."

I was just getting ready to post this!

From the great book about the history of the ABA, "Loose Balls" by Terry Pluto. One of the best and funniest sports books I've ever read.


User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18515 times:



Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 3):
Even better , travel from AKL-APW on NZ and you can arrive the day before you left . This is due to New Zealand being on one side of the international date line and Samoa being on the other side .


0730 1125-1 NZ260 320 2 0 B departs Tue arrives Mon
1000 1355-1 NZ260 763 4 0 M departs Thu arrives Wed
1540 1935-1 NZ262 320 13 0 M departs Mon/Wed arrives Sun/Tue

Now that is pretty cool!!


User currently offlineColts001 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18501 times:

ATL-MGM, ATL-HSV, ATL-BHM, ATL - Dothan, AL arrive earlier than the starting time because of the time change from EST to CST.

User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18266 times:

Almost every flight from Asia to the US leaves in the afternoon or evening and arrives earlier that same day.

User currently offlinePRFLYER From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18197 times:

Is the OP referring to westbound flights only?

User currently offlineCaptSkibi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18125 times:

Continental's island hopper, CMI 956, departs MAJ at 2000 and arrives HNL at 0230 the same day.


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User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 18104 times:

Any flight from SBN to ORD.

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 3077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 18096 times:

Here's a few on United,

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...3/history/20100107/1328Z/KGRR/KORD
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...7/history/20100107/1117Z/KSBN/KORD
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...1/history/20100106/0658Z/KNYL/KIPL (Skywest)



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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 18093 times:



Quoting PRFLYER (Reply 18):
Is the OP referring to westbound flights only?

I was only thinking it applied to west bound flights, but any flight that does this, regardless of direction, is fine by me.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 17867 times:

Way back in 1972...took a North Central CV-580 flight GRR-MKE...since the gate-to-gate time was ~40 minutes and departure took place in the Eastern time zone and arrived at a destination observing Central time (-1 hour from Eastern), I 'arrived before leaving.' Did the same thing in 1978 on an American Airlines 727-200 (seemed like a brand new aircraft as I recall) flight IND-ORD.

Otherwise, closest I've come has been a few PHX-LAX flights during the Standard Time months when LAX is -1 from PHX time...although flights between the city-pair are now scheduled at slightly more than 1 hour from gate-to-gate...and even when all goes perfectly well, actual departutre to arrival times seem to be just over 1 hour.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 17855 times:

Did it plenty of times on the shorter flights between Atlanta and Alabama.


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25 MattRB : AC34 - SYD-YVR departs SYD at 12PM and arrives in YVR at 725AM on the same day it left.
26 Ex NWA : I remember having a lengthy conversation w/ a customer about how his Northwest flight could arrive in Memphis before it left Knoxville.
27 MSPNWA : When I flew ATL-MEM back in June, we landed just before we left from Atlanta.
28 Fabo : This phenomenon actually got me pretty puzzled once. How came that I get to London in one hour but it will take 3 to get back home? I thought about th
29 DocLightning : One of UA's SYD-SFO flights pulls a similar stunt, departing at about 1600 and arriving at about 1000 the same day. DTW-ORD can sometimes arrive a fe
30 757MDE : I did PEK - IAD the other day and arrived 20 minutes before I left
31 KELPkid : ELP-PHX frequently arrives before it left, but only when ELP is on daylight saving time (Arizona does not observe daylight saving time ).
32 Nws2002 : I was going to say the same about TUL-PHX. It's almost a 2hr flight, but with the right mix of time zones and daylight savings time it works out. I g
33 Anonms : TPE-SFO/LAX flights that leave TPE around 23:00 arrive at around 18:00 the same day. But you lose a day going in the other direction.
34 AirStairs : This happens when I fly SQ012 departing NRT around 1830 and arriving LAX about 1100 the same day. Regularly happens when I fly PHX-LAX during the fall
35 ExFWAOONW : When we did not observe daylight savings time, FWA-DTW flights would arrive about 20 minutes before they left and this flight travels East as much as
36 Ptugarin : Most Eastbound flights going across the International Date Line will go into yesterday, and as long as flight duration is shorter than timezone differ
37 Severnaya : It happens on some of the Russian flights also due to the many time-zones we have up here. Also flights from LED to the Nordic countries (CPH, ARN, HE
38 Type-Rated : ATL-ORD flights also will take you back, just a minute or so though.
39 Spacecadet : I do NRT-JFK a lot and that is generally an arrive before you leave flight. Think it depends on daylight savings time, the winds and the aircraft bein
40 Zkpilot : Pretty much any flight from Australia or New Zealand to the USA/Canada (or South America) arrives not only before it left time-wise, it also means you
41 Viscount724 : I don't see that being possible. ATL-ORD is 527 nm and block times in current schedules are all slightly over 2 hrs. So with the 1 hour time differen
42 N702ML : I think the flight time has since been "extended" but when I first started at WN as a gate agent, our CLE-MDW flights got to MDW at the exact same tim
43 Tonystan : Sure concordes advertising slogan on the model that used to be at the entrance to LHR airport was "Arrive before you Leave"!
44 Ajd1992 : I have done it regularly on AMS-MAN flights. It's only a 45 minute flight, so you arrive 15 minutes before you left.
45 WestJetForLife : YYC-YVR is a common example of this. When I flew YYC-YVR in July, a woman behind me had an astounded look on her face when she looked at the departure
46 Signol : Same with AMS - NWI. Most of the time, you're in the air for about 35 mins, but they put the block time down as 1h05... signol
47 DTWLAX : As mentioned below, the OP was looking for flights flying west and not east. All the above flights fly east. If it is any flight in any direction, th
48 Mirrodie : Thanks for reminding me of that one too. I experienced this as well as the hour "gain" on Concorde. But the biggest screwdriver for me was leaving PE
49 Phatty3374 : Ryanair from Dinard/Plertuit/St.Malo to London Stansted. ~40 minute flight and one hour time difference. I think the schedule puts you in 5 minutes af
50 TravelsUK : If you fly from Abu Dhabi, or Dubai for that matter, to Doha (Qatar) you will arive before you left, short flight times and an hours time difference I
51 76794p : I believe CO 6 uses this to there advantage as they has 3 flights under that number: IAH-SAT,NRT-IAH,GUM-NRT
52 Triple7man : If you fly from Asia to the US you will arrive before you depart because you gain the day when you cross the International Date Line. And when I flew
53 Morcegoa330 : I've done NRT-LAX. You arrive in LAX hours and hours before you departed. Cheers.
54 Westjet!Eh! : Wow nobody mentioned about QF's old flight schdeule between SYD and HNL. We arrived HNL back to 'day'. We departed 11:00am and then arrive in HNL at a
55 Ajd1992 : Back to the Future moment or what? All flights that are Europe-UK flights that are under 1 hour flight time will get you in before you left because t
56 BNAOWB : Arrive 2 days before you depart? Here is an extreme hypothetical that could possibly work: Depart Kiritimati (CXI) (UTC+14) at 00:01 and arrive in Pal
57 MAS777 : Apart from the obvious flights overflying the International Date Line.. flights between Peninsular Malaysia/Singapore and Sumatra often arrive before
58 RP TPA : Back when Air Canada flew from Sydney to Honolulu, the flight used to leave SYD at approx 1100AM, and arrive in HNL at approx 1145PM the previous even
59 DAL763ER : I did SVO-BUD in 2006; departed SVO at 0810PM and arrived in BUD at 0800PM. The flight's scheduled at 2.5 hours, but we had winds and there's also a 2
60 Jbernie : Back in January of 93 we flew SYD-HNL on QF and I recall the flight left at 10am in the morning or so, we arrived the night before, went to bed and w
61 JohnClipper : I've done NRT to HNL on UA...Leave NRT at 20:00 and arrive in HNL at 6:00am the same day...get it relieve the day all over again...pretty cool...
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