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What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:33 pm

Hi.

After having read many topics here on this superb forums I very often questioned myself what exactly is a Red-Eye Flight?

Thanks for your input.

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:35 pm

If I'm not mistaken, a red-eye flight means that it's an overnight flight.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:35 pm

A prime example is a LAX to JFK flight. You leave LAX late at night, fly all night and get into JFL early in the morning when the sun is just coming up. When you get off of the plane your eyes are red and you feel like a zombie.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:35 pm

My understanding of a red eye (in the states anyway) is a late evening overnight departure - from west to east coast for example.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:38 am

to me a red-eye flight is a flight that departs original airport in the dark and arrives at a destination in a sun light.

Edit: Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?




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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:44 am

Flights operating between 2300 and 0600.

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:58 am

It's just a nickname for east-bound overnight flights in the U.S. The time difference and relatively short length of flight make it difficult to get adequate sleep, hence the term "red-eye".

The term is not used for east-bound trans-atlantic or transpacific flights because those have always been traditionally overnight flights. Daylight flights between USA and Europe are relatively recent, and limited only to the U.S.-U.K. market.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:48 pm

Thanks Guys, that helped me very much!

Bye, Georg.
 
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:25 am

It's often used to describe very early morning flights also - the type where you get just a few hours sleep before you have to wake up for your flight! Have had far too many flights leaving at about 6:30-6:45am from LHR, not much fun at all getting up at 4am!
 
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:26 am

No you guys are all silly!
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 3:58 am

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:54 am

If you want a red-eye flight, fly jetBlue! They can have some weird departures.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 10:48 am

It's just a nickname for east-bound overnight flights in the U.S.

Correct.

It's often used to describe very early morning flights also - the type where you get just a few hours sleep before you have to wake up for your flight!

Primarily by us west-coast based pilots who spent the previous night flying to the east coast, try to sleep that day and have to fly the early a.m. east coast departure the following day.

...not much fun at all getting up at 4am!

Try 1am after staying up until 5am the previous "night." We (west coast based pilots) call them "early morning red-eye" flights.  Crying
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:01 am

I just did one a week and a half ago. Got up. Photographed the Blue Angels and the rest of SeaFair, went home and packed, went to the airport. Flew Alaska Airlines SEA-MIA left at 10:00PM Pacific Time and arrived at 6:39 Eastern Time. On top of that, drove to Key West. Kick ass good time until we got booted out of the keys due to Charlie.

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:27 am

Bunch of Drunks I thought it was a flight where everyone was high! haha...
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sun Aug 22, 2004 2:14 am

I'm not sure if Canada uses the "red-eye" term but AC has two flights 1168 and 162 YVR-YYZ leaving at 11:15 and 11:45.

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sun Aug 22, 2004 2:36 am

Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?

...they do, particularly out of LAS.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:27 am

Hands down, the ultimate red-eye flights are MIA-EZE or MIA-SCL (JFK-EZE is too long and the sun is up in either city when you arrive, being that the seasons are reversed). The length of time of the flights is just perfect for red-eye.

You leave EZE at night and see that sprawling city below you and the freeways... Followed by the darkness of the huge river... Then more darkness with some islands of light, as you cross the argentine heartland with it's many small towns, all while you eat you dinner... And then total darkness as you enter the heart of South America across the Gran Chaco and the Amazon (where sometimes you can see forest fires). During this time you will likely watch the prefunctory movie, play around with the music stations, or just close your eyes.

When you wake up, you're crossing the Caribbean, nothing to see down there so you stare at the tropical clouds below you, the glowing yellow moon above... then the lights turn on the cabin (what a horrible moment for your eyes!), have breakfast, and as you are finishing it the sprawling lights of South Florida approach, the plane descends, the lights turn off, and in no time you land in MIA.

I love those flights!

ps- And on MIA-SCL flights in the southern winter, the sun slowly rises to the left of the plane over the totally white snowed Andes... An incredible site, made even more realistic by the fact that when you leave MIA the air is humid and warm on board, and when you wake up it's A LOT chillier and far more crisp.

You can smell your arrival to the southern hemisphere's winter! Just awesome.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sun Aug 22, 2004 4:52 pm

Southwest Airlines don't have red-eye flights, don't they?

...they do, particularly out of LAS.


I believe charters only, not scheduled flights. I could be wrong.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Sun Aug 22, 2004 7:37 pm

I flew Auckland - Perth, Perth - Auckland business class in 1997. On the return journey, I departed Perth 6.30pm local time and arrived Auckland next day around 6am. With the west --> east direction, and the eight hour flight duration, I considered this to be a "red eye" flight. So maybe we have them here in the Pacific also???

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:39 am

Well, America West 2nd hub LAS has it's main operation late at night.

Therefore, it can be called a Red Eye Flight Hub.

Does everyone agree with me?
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:02 am

Red-Eye nowadays most likely means west to east travel, or hemisphere crossing flights, BUT!

Back in the Golden Age, a flight to and from Florida could also be a redeye. Both directions would leave around midnight, arrive around 5:30 to six in the morning. This was to places like Chicago and the NYC area from mostly Miami.

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:08 pm

Well, America West 2nd hub LAS has it's main operation late at night.

Therefore, it can be called a Red Eye Flight Hub.

Does everyone agree with me?


Oh yeah BIG TIME!!! Thats actually correct. My gf's aunt who is a 21 year flight attendant for HP works ALOT of the red-eye flights out of LAS to BWI, etc etc and she loves it and still does it today. Those are the only flights she will do. HP is BIG on red-eye flights out of LAS.
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:20 pm

Do you want to know what a blackeye flight is COEWR2587?
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 4:00 pm

Before PHX became all TED service, United had a Phoenix to Chicago red-eye flight that I took...it left Phoenix at 11:59pm and it arrived in Chicago the next morning at 5:20am. I did feel like crap afterwards :-P

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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 4:03 pm

Isn't that a flight to Jamaica?? LOL  Nuts
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RE: What Is A Red-Eye Flight?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 4:04 pm

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