drinkstrolley
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Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 2:53 am

Having patiently waited until my little girl is of an age to appreciate Disneyland (longest five years of my life!!) I have at long last managed to get it booked up with Virgin Holidays (flying Virgin Atlantic).

Flying London Gatwick to Orlando, what route do they normally take? Is it "up and round the top" i.e Scotland, Iceland then down the east coast of the U.S etc etc or just in a straight line?

Thanks!
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:06 am

You lucky ****, I have to suffer XLA all the way silly !

I think they go straight,

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drinkstrolley
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:09 am

I flew Excel to Cancun, nightmare doesn't begin to describe it and I'm tolerant! Thank the lord for Vodka + Tonic!!!
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:14 am

Hey

I flew TravelCityDirect from Gatwick to Sandford in February on this bird:

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I was on the plane when the shot was taken!

I think we flew straight over to west, then when nearer the coast, we whent down, over the land, then back out to the watar, then a very cool, fun and wierd approach to Sandford.

So pretty much straight I would have though.

cya

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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:27 am

I made that flight in 1995, and if I can remember correctly, it was direct across the ocean. That one would make more sense to me. I might be wrong, though.

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B742
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:32 am

I've flown Airtours to SFB and AA & BA to MIA and we flew northwest from London, over Ireland, then down by Halifax and then down the East Coast of USA passing RDU and JFK/LGA!

LGW-MCO is a great route to fly, try and book right hand side seats on LGW-MCO and left hand side seats on MCO-LGW!

Rob!
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 3:54 am

Quoting Drinkstrolley (Thread starter):
Having patiently waited until my little girl is of an age to appreciate Disneyland (longest five years of my life!!) I have at long last managed to get it booked up with Virgin Holidays (flying Virgin Atlantic).

I've got bad news for you - Disneyland is in California. But don't worry, I think you'll find that Walt Disney World will be a more than acceptable substitute  Smile
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 4:03 am

Drinkstrolley,
I flew the same route as you with VS015/VS016 in 2003 (We've always been a virgin atlantic family but this year betrayed them and flew DL Wink)

As far as I remember we went up over wales, across Rep of Ireland, then headed up to the coast of Greenland (somewhere or other called Godthab was marked on the PTV maps), then just off the coast of eastern Canada, and finally down the US eastern coast, past NYC and down to sunny old Florida!:D
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 6:23 am

Hi, I live in Orlando, FL. Although my airline of choice from MCO to LGW would be British Airways, last time I flew Virgin because I asn't planning on going to London so I had to book the ticket two days before and there weren't any BA seats left. As I can remember, we flew right over the ocean in an almost straight line.
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 6:59 am

I flew to New York the other month and we flew the same route Vasu describes, out over Ireland, Greenland, touched Canada and then into NYC. Flew Virgin, who are fantastic - have a great flight!
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Wed May 18, 2005 7:07 am

Almost always go out over Ireland , southern Greenland to Halifax and then down the east coast until you reach North Carolina. At that point you would go out over the atlantic near New Bern N.C. and do a straight line to Ormond Beach just north of Daytona Beach FL. My parents live in that general area and from sitting in their back yard from 2-6 PM most days of the week you can spot the Britsh Airways 777 (do miss the days when it was a 747-400) and the Big Virgins coming in from LGW and MAN. On some ocassions you usually spot the can see some of the SFB charters as well. Enjoy your trip here, I hope it was worth the wait.  Smile
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 1:19 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 5):
great route to fly, try and book right hand side seats on LGW-MCO and left hand side seats on MCO-LGW!

Just changed my seats!!! Cheers!
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 1:26 am

Being from Orlando I have flown the MCO-LGW route twice.

Basically, it depends on the day, weather, and other circumstances. I have taken the BA flight and have it go over land (up the eastern coast) and also a 95% water route (zzzzzzzz...). So really its the luck of the draw.



Quoting AFinMIA (Reply 10):
Ormond Beach just north of Daytona Beach FL. My parents live in that general area and from sitting in their back yard from 2-6 PM most days of the week you can spot the Britsh Airways 777

How strange- I grew up in this area too. (Ormond Beach). The BA777 and VS 747 fly right over my parents house pretty much every afternoon!
Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 1:26 am

A straight line in terms of a flat map is NOT the way airlines go... get a globe out and draw a straight line from the UK to Orlando. You'll see it pretty much parallels the eastern seaboard of the USA anyway. Subject to NATS and US airways (the highways in the skies, not the airline), plus weather and other factors, that is roughly the route you would probably take.

We flew back a couple of years ago when NYC was in darkness... August 2002 or 03 maybe? Eerie being able to see the coast and buildings but only a few lights!

http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=lgw-orl for a rough map, but in my nearly 20 trips across the pond we've always taken a slightly more northern route.

Geoff M.
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 1:32 am

When I flew AA from MIA-LHR and back, we went on departure from LHR out over Ireland, then across to the center of the Atlantic down across the Bahamas and then into MIA, have not had a chance to do the MCO-LON routes as of yet.


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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 1:57 am

Quoting Vasu (Reply 7):
(somewhere or other called Godthab was marked on the PTV maps),

Godthaab (which is now more commonly called Nuuk) is the capital of Greenland. Its a fishing community with around 4,000 inhabitants and sees nothing larger than Dash 7 service since the runway is about 3,000 feet long and sits in a fjord.

Quoting AFinMIA (Reply 10):
At that point you would go out over the atlantic near New Bern N.C. and do a straight line to Ormond Beach just north of Daytona Beach FL.

Pretty close to accurate. The first half of the route is almost impossible to predict because the North Atlantic Tracks in use are revised daily. Most traffic headed toward MCO, SFB, and TPA from Europe is funnelled toward BOS with the remainder of the route being this:

SEY067..SEY.J121.HTO.J174.ORF.J121.CHS.J79.OMN.BITHO7..KMCO

On this route, and given good weather, sitting on the right side would allow you to see New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., the Chesapeake, and the east central Carolinas before passing offshore until reaching Ormond Beach. Sitting on the left side, you would see Cape Cod, eastern Long Island, the Jersey Shore, the DelMarVa shore, the outer banks of North Carolina, Cape Fear/Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and then nothing until reaching Ormond Beach when you would likely see Daytona and the Daytona Superspeedway.

JP
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 2:01 am

I have watched the VS and BA flights leave MCO via the flight tracker program I have and can say that everytime I have seen them leave, they go almost directly east over Brevard County (home to Kennedy Space Center) and then get on one of the Alpha jetways before turning north.
 
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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 6:18 am

Hi there, iv been on the route many times on VS, most of the time we have gone from LGW past southern Wales, then past Southern Ireland and straight across to Florida where we pass Daytona beach/Cape Canaveral Area.

On the way back though been up the east coast just before New York, past the Eastern tip of Canada and over the atlantic to southern Ireland and into LGW.

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RE: Flying To Orlando

Thu May 19, 2005 6:47 am

Quoting AFinMIA (Reply 10):
My parents live in that general area and from sitting in their back yard from 2-6 PM most days of the week you can spot the Britsh Airways 777

I lived in Spring Hill, Florida, which is a little north of Tampa. Instead of getting 777s over our house, we got the occasional Space Shuttle! Everytime it flew over us, we were greeted with a large sonic boom. Quite interesting to say the least!