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User currently offlineJplenny From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 129 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

I have a really wierd question...

How full are the flights from Europe to the US on Christmas day? Just thinking about making a return flight on Christmas from a European vacation and I was wondering if they are less crowded on Christams day compared to other days during the holiday season.




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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3745 times:
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I don't know about Europe to the US,but a few years ago I flew SFO-LHR on Christmas day.

The United flight was on an x Qantas 747-238B - being a 747 and it being Christmas day I thought the flight would be empty.

Boy was I wrong!....not one empty seat!

That was one of my worst flights,lot's of screaming kids etc.

Rgds

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User currently offline22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

Do you get any treats and decorations and other Christmassy things on Christmas Day flights?

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

Keep in mind that some people celebrate Christmas on 24th December, some on 25th. Those who celebrate the 25th will be flying home to their families on 24th, those who celebrate the 24th will start their holidays on 25th.

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3670 times:


On Christmas Day, Air Malta does not operate its regular flagship flights to LHR, and neither its 'scheduled' flights to FCO, and (I think) LGW.

I know that there is a very kind US Captain at KM who always asks to be assigned a flight on Christmas Day and he buys presents and distributes them to the passengers on his flight. Last year (2001), on Christmas Day, he was assigned a flight to AMS. It is really a pity that the airline is going to lose such a great man... He's retiring this year.  Sad

I had the pleasure to be a passenger on this KM Captain's flight to IST in August 2000.

Regards from Malta  Wink/being sarcastic
BBADXB


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

Not everybody celebrates Christmas on the 24th. When I was in France, the real celebration took place on the night of the 24th with a traditional midnight meal.

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

i flew den-dfw a while ago and it was full....


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

Two years ago I have flown on the 25th of December, not to the US but to Spain. The flight was completely booked out and the fare was the highest I have ever paid for a flight from Germany to Spain.

Patrick


User currently offlineJayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

I flew JFK-PHX Christmas Day a couple of years ago and the flight was about 3/4 full.

I know that BA reduce their schedule to only a couple of flights on the 24th and 25th so with a reduced schedule you may have airplanes that are more full.....

JH


User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

I'll be flying on Christmas Eve from LHR to HKG on BA's 19:30 flight, therefore it'll be Christmas Day for the large majority of the flight.

Anyone know if BA do anything fancy on their Christmas flights?

Free egg nog?

 Smile



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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Depends on the route, on busy tourist and holiday routes, Christmas Eve and Christmas day can be a circus with packed flights and overbookings. However, on business routes, the planes can be nearly empty, even with a reduced schedule. There is no method to the madness.

One year I flew EWR-BRU on Chistmas Eve with only 24 pax on a 200+ pax aircraft, the following year I flew FLL-EWR-BRU - the flight out of Florida was packed and we left about 30 pax at the gate, the flight on to BRU, which I was expecting to be empty, had about 80% of its seats filled.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1681 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
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I flew this past Christmas Day on Northwest DC-9s. My RIC-DTW flight was nearly empty. My DTW-ORD flight was about three quarters full. I was supposed to fly UA ORD-HKG Christmas Day also, but it was delayed due to a cracked windshield until the next morning. That 747-400 was full.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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