RonmacIAH From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 52 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
I recently flew CO flight #11 from CDG to IAH. I was surprised when we flew directly over the Atlantic from CDG to Florida and then parallel to the Gulf Coast into IAH. On previous flights, the general route appeared to be due west from CDG over the Atlantic, to Nova Scotia and then down the east coast and over to IAH.
As usual, the service on CO was excellent and the flight was enjoyable.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17365 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
Quoting RonmacIAH (Reply 2): would the change in route have been made to make up time?
Not distance wise. The straight line is over North American land until Newfoundland, and makes landfall at the southern tip of Ireland. Going "straight over" the Atlantic is only "straight over" in certain map projections, not reality. Check out the Great Circle Mapper route