ABpositive
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Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 9:34 am

I'd like to know which commercial flights fly through areas from which northern (or southern) lights are visible?
Is there a particular time of the year that is most suitable for it?

Thanks for the help.

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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 9:56 am

Well alot of flights that fly out of YEG see them since they are usually visible over the city from fall through to spring.Yellowknife is off course the best place to see them and the city has tour operators that cater to them.Canadian north airlines and first air would be your best choices for the aurora inflight.Its becoming a major attraction for the japanese also who this year flew KIX-YEG flights offered by ANA using 747-400s to travel onward to YZF to see the lights.Hope that helps ya!!!
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 9:58 am

EWR, BOS, JFK, YYZ, YUL to Europe are all flight in which if you are lucky, you can see Aurora Borealis.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 10:43 am

If you have read the Steven King book or seen the made for television movie based upon it... it has a redeye flight.. from LAX I think? To somewhere.... in the movie they flight right through the aurora I believe and everyone except those passengers who are actually asleep (I think there ends up being like 15) disappear. Haha I like the book a lot... the people that don't disappear come to learn they have ended up in the past... like a few days in the past. And they also learn what clean up time... anyway they end up in the Bangor Maine airport of all places. Sort of creepy. Anyway, sorry for the tangent, that's just what this post reminded me of..
 
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 11:53 am

Quoting Wolsingerjet (Reply 1):
Yellowknife is off course the best place to see them and the city has tour operators that cater to them

Actually YSM is the best location to be viewing the Aurora Borealis, it just happens that YZF has several flights a day vs. the 4 x weekly flights into YSM direct from YEG and daily from YZF BY 5T and J3 respectively.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 11:54 am

Quoting Wolsingerjet (Reply 1):
Yellowknife is off course the best place to see them and the city has tour operators that cater to them

Actually YSM is the best location to be viewing the Aurora Borealis, it just happens that YZF has several flights a day vs. the 4 x weekly flights into YSM direct from YEG and daily from YZF by 5T and J3 respectively.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 12:09 pm

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 3):
If you have read the Steven King book or seen the made for television movie based upon it... it has a redeye flight.. from LAX I think? To somewhere.... in the movie they flight right through the aurora I believe and everyone except those passengers who are actually asleep (I think there ends up being like 15) disappear. Haha I like the book a lot... the people that don't disappear come to learn they have ended up in the past... like a few days in the past. And they also learn what clean up time... anyway they end up in the Bangor Maine airport of all places. Sort of creepy. Anyway, sorry for the tangent, that's just what this post reminded me of..

The Langoliers.. terrific read.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 12:11 pm

I am sure most of our Alaskan contingent will answer this shortly, but I have seen AB many times on ANC-SEA red eye flights.
 
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 12:24 pm

Quoting TK787 (Reply 7):
I am sure most of our Alaskan contingent will answer this shortly, but I have seen AB many times on ANC-SEA red eye flights.

haha yes any fall/winter/spring night flight in alaska is good especially if your traveling east and west. flights out of ANC and FAI are good bets also nome and kotzabue can work or flights to/from cordova, valdez, kodiak or yakatat. are ones ive seen them on
 
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 1:55 pm

Did 5T restart YSM?I think northwestern is the only carrier serving that point from YEG and YZF,although buffalo flys there from YZF also i believe...
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 2:31 pm

Quoting MrMcCoy (Reply 6):
The Langoliers.. terrific read.

and a terrible movie.

Every transatlantic flight I've been on... from SFO, LAX, ORD, JFK, YYZ I've seen the northern lights.
 
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 2:37 pm

Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 8):
haha yes any fall/winter/spring night flight in alaska is good especially if your traveling east and west. flights out of ANC and FAI are good bets also nome and kotzabue can work or flights to/from cordova, valdez, kodiak or yakatat. are ones ive seen them on

Hell seen them plenty of times on the SEA-ANC route.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Tue May 02, 2006 3:51 pm

All I need to do is walk out my front door, and what an awesome sight it is tonight!

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RE: Aurora Borealis

Wed May 03, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Wolsingerjet (Reply 9):
Did 5T restart YSM?

Sorry. reliving my past! 5T no longer serves YSM, J3/7F and Tindi still do, with the latter 2 out of YZF only, J3 ops out of YEG/YQU and YZF
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Wed May 03, 2006 5:49 am

SAS Braathens ,Wideroe and Norwegian airplanes are best friends with the Aurora Borealis in my city Tromso
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Wed May 03, 2006 9:50 am

Dont forget J3 also serves YLW aswell from YSM-YQU-YLW.My friend is the companies chief pilot on the airlines fleet of B99s,J-31s and the newly delivered J-32 that should be flying in another week or two.Not sure how many flights a week they have YLW i think its 3 or 4.
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Wed May 03, 2006 10:31 pm

I saw them recently on a flight from MSP to PDX. I'm glad I had a window seat on the right side of the airplane on that trip. Pretty cool experience!
 
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RE: Aurora Borealis

Wed May 03, 2006 11:00 pm

Quoting TIMEAIR (Reply 13):
Sorry. reliving my past! 5T no longer serves YSM, J3/7F and Tindi still do, with the latter 2 out of YZF only, J3 ops out of YEG/YQU and YZF

First Air and Air Tindi do not fly to YSM on a scheduled basis.

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