SunCEO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 359 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 12111 times:
I am taking my first Long Haul trip early next year on Air France to Beijing. I was just wondering whether you frequent flyers amongst us could give me a few tips on what to do during such a long haul flight!
Also does anyone know what facilities there are (if any) for the enthusiast in CDG or PEK?
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11866 times:
Well there really isn't uch you can do on board a metal tube for x amount of hours. Obviously you can read, sleep, eat or bring your own form of entertainment. Or you can do what I do most of the time - stare out the window.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 11842 times:
I'm not a really frequent flyer, but I do have a few longhauls under my belt. All of them were transatlantic with the longest being 9 hours and 13 minutes from ZRH to ATL on a Swissair A330. PEK-CDG will be a good deal longer than that, but I'll tell you what I can. Try to sleep. If you cannot sleep on an airplane, then try to get your doctor to prescribe you sleeping medicine. I would recommend getting them to prescribe you somthing that will really put you to sleep, not something like Ambien that just gets the chemical balance rigth to sleep, but doesn't actually make you tired. If your doctor won't give you that, then take two Benadryls. Those are allergy medicines, but they are frequently used in hospitals (so they are safe for this) for their side effect, drowsiness, and they really do make you drowsy, especially two. Air France has PTVs on their 777s, A330s, and A340s, so if the route is flown by one of those, then you can enjoy that. If you have a window seat, then that will take up a lot of time looking out. Bring books and music. Talk to the flight attendants. Savor every meal, not matter what it tastes like. My first longhauls (ATL-BRU, BRU-ATL) seemed really long, but now I love longhauls. Have a great time!
SQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11790 times:
Take a valium and go to sleep. Long haul flights are a pain, and there's only that much inflight movies, music one can endure. Chances of you experiencing good inflight service that will knock your socks off are also hard to come by nowadays...so better to just sleep and hope to wake up just before arrival.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11759 times:
Try not to fall asleep for a long period of time. I do it almost every time, but when I wake up, my ears feel like theres a 100 lbs of pressure, and I can't hear crap. After about 5-10 of yawning, it eventually returns to normal!
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11738 times:
If you play with the Rubik´s Cube long enough you are going to go nuts. I tried this once and after two hours I got really pissed off, took all the blocks apart and placed them where they were supposed to go. I´ve never brought another one with me on long haul since then!
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11707 times:
Fritzi, that's just another symptom of the ever decreasing attention span of youngsters today.
The Cube is supposed to keep one occupied for long periods of time, and it can.
Best bet is indeed to read and sleep. And don't stay in your seat for the entire flight. Walk around the aircraft in order to keep circulation to your legs or you may have trouble walking off the aircraft at your destination (not kidding here!).
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 11679 times:
Funny that most people want to talk to the F/As, because many of them (not all!!) are not exactly willing to talk to you for hours but instead rather want to be left alone.
But: why not try to talk to fellow travellers? On long night flights these people usually meet around the galleys (well..where else??) and it's highly entertaining to talk to people from other countries, of other professions, other circumstances of life, people who already have been where you are just going and give you tons of information on what to do where and where not...try it, you'll be amazed how short a flight from Europe to the Far East can be!
And it's much better and rewarding than looking into a small screen until your head aches...but obviously most people prefer that anyway *ggg*.