JBLUA320
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Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:33 am

Hi everyone,

I'll be flying the following two segments, and was wondering how many hours of these flights are spent in darkness, vs how many in daylight.

5/24/07 MU 588 Depart JFK: 1:30am, Arrive PVG: 4:50am +1 A340-600
6/4/07 MU 587 Depart PVG: 6:30pm, Arrive JFK 8:45pm A340-600

Thanks!

JBLU

[Edited 2007-03-27 20:33:48]
 
dimoko
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:55 am

i dont know how the season effects the time here, but on my way from ORD to ICN it was light the whole time, we seemed to follow it. and on the way back from PVG to ORD it was dark the whole way...but that was in november.
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AirCop
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:32 am

Your trip over will be in complete darkness..Return you will leave in the daylight and land at dusk, should have a number of hours in day light depending on the flight path.
 
JBLUA320
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:41 am

Thanks so much! Guess I won't have 15 hours of quality sight seeing. I presume this is a trans-polar route, right?

JBLU
 
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:46 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 3):
I presume this is a trans-polar route, right?

Rarely trans-polar. You will most likely fly over northern Japan, off the Kamchatcka peninsula, the Bering Sea, Alaska, the Yukon, northern Canadian provinces, Ontario and then to NY and then JFK.
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:35 am

My flight from ORD to HKG in Feb. was trans-polar. We departed before noon and the first half of the flight was in daylight. The sun started to set when we were getting closer to the northpole. (I took some pictures as well, will upload them shortly.) The sunlight came back when we hit Siberia and finally landed at HKG in the afternoon.
 
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:37 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Thread starter):
6/4/07 MU 587 Depart PVG: 6:30pm, Arrive JFK 8:45pm A340-600

On NRT-USA flights every other month, when taking a departure around 6:30, you have about an hour or two of daylight, then you hit 'sunset' and fly through darkness until over Alaska (eastern half) somewhere... depending on time of year. So, from PVG, would imagine your first hour or two and last 5 hours or so should be in daylight. In June you'll be arriving right around sunset, and depending on approach that can be nice if you can see lights.

Depending on the airline, the "window shade police" might limit your sightseeing anyway.

Safe travels.

[Edited 2007-03-27 23:38:09]
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ChinaClipper40
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:55 am

A fair number of PVG-JFK flights are close to being trans-polar. You depart PVG and fly due north over northern China and eastern Siberia, out over the Arctic Ocean, and meet the North American continent over the Queen Elizabeth Islands of northern Canada. Then due south over Nunavut, gradually becoming southeasterly over Manitoba and Ontario. I'm sure that weather en route affects the flightpath, but the above has been my experience. With a daytime departure during summer, there's not a lot to see. Just an unending glare of sun off the Arctic ice and snow. Given the pace of global warming, I rather imagine that my grandchildren may see all water on that route in future.

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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:01 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 4):
You will most likely fly over northern Japan, off the Kamchatcka peninsula, the Bering Sea, Alaska, the Yukon, northern Canadian provinces, Ontario and then to NY and then JFK.



Quoting ChinaClipper40 (Reply 7):
A fair number of PVG-JFK flights are close to being trans-polar. You depart PVG and fly due north over northern China and eastern Siberia, out over the Arctic Ocean, and meet the North American continent over the Queen Elizabeth Islands of northern Canada. Then due south over Nunavut, gradually becoming southeasterly over Manitoba and Ontario. I'm sure that weather en route affects the flightpath, but the above has been my experience. With a daytime departure during summer, there's not a lot to see. Just an unending glare of sun off the Arctic ice and snow. Given the pace of global warming, I rather imagine that my grandchildren may see all water on that route in future

It really boils down to what flight routing your particular flight will take. It's a crap shoot for the quickest time by the quickest way possible. Which could be polar or not. I have done both, numerous times each.
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JBLUA320
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RE: Hours Of Daylight On China Flights?

Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:38 pm

Thanks for the replies! Now I just need to make sure I bring PLENTY to do so that I don't go stir crazy on a China Eastern A340-600 for 15 hours!

JBLU

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