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Non-Stop Or Direct

Fri Sep 10, 2004 10:58 pm

Recently I just did an Emirates A345 non-stop service DXB-MEL and a B773 direct service MEL-SIN-DXB.

As a passenger I personally prefer to do the non-stop service because it gets to the destination quicker but as many enthusiasts on here I guess you prefer to be sitting on the plane longer. What do you prefer non-stop or direct?

The second question is, on any routes which is more profitable to airlines doing a stop or not?

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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:06 pm

For me it depends on the price.
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:34 pm

If the flight is 5 hour or less, I prefer non-stop. Over 5 hours I prefer a direct flight with a stopover. First, you have the thrills of additional landings and take offs. Secondly, you might get a chance to stretch your legs and do a bit of duty-free shopping and/or aircraft spotting.

Many years ago BA (or BEA as it was at the time) flew LHR-IST with intermediate stops in Rome and Athens. I really enjoyed these short hops on the Tridents. They then changed it to a non-stop flight that at some stages became rather boring.

The second question must be difficult to answer. Obviously with additional landing charges and more fuel consumption on take off, it must be cheaper to fly direct. On the other hand the airlines might pick up more passengers (assuming that there were no restrictions on local traffic), so it is more profitable to make a stop.

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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:58 pm

For as long as there are no customs or immigration procedures to clear, I like the stops better; take-offs and landings are my delight.


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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:05 am

See, I am a very weird airplane nut...i hate being on airplanes. I mean, I love planes and all, but I hate actually flying for the most part. I just want to get on the plane and get to my destination ASAP. I will almost always be willing to be up to $100 more for a nonstop rather then stopping. I know, I'll probably be kicked out of, but i cant help it!  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:33 am

I prefer stops with a plane change. More take offs and landings, more aircraft types and seeing different airports is a big part of the fun of traveling for me.

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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:08 am

Unless I'm not flying FR or aren't in a hurry, I prefer indirect flights, which explains why I flew LHR-SIN via MLE, CMB and KUL. Much more exciting than a boring, standard non-stop flight.
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 11:57 am

Depends on whether I'm doing a mileage run or not. Mileage run = more stops the better. If I'm trying to get somewhere, then obviously a non-stop will suit me best.

Although in either case, flying and getting there is half the fun no matter what the goal. Big thumbs up
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 12:56 pm

As long as I have the time, I'll go for the connection(s). Who wouldn't?  Big grin

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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 3:57 pm

I travel New Zealand to Europe a lot. I miss the days of the Middle East stopover. These long hauls of up to 15 hours non stop, back to back, are simply too much.

I'll often take a stopping service to see new places or fly on a new plane/airline but if I'm with the other half, I have to take as direct as possible- unless I lie through my teeth and spend up big in the duty free store....
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sat Sep 11, 2004 11:34 pm

6-8 hours non-stop I can manage. Anything more simply requires a stop that let's me get off the plane. I can't even imaging being locked up in one of those SIN-EWR or DXB-JFK flights. Start panicking just thinking of it!
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:13 am

For me, it depends on:

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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:36 am

Non stop any day over a stop or direct flight.....
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sun Sep 12, 2004 8:01 am

Normally I prefer the nonstop.
Which one is more profitable for the airline depends on the route, the existing network at the origin and destination and lots of other things...
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RE: Non-Stop Or Direct

Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:46 am

It has to depend upon the nature of the travel, if I am purely on a spotting trip then I will actively take as many flights as possible with as many stopovers as possible, but if I am just going on holiday or to see people then I would much prefer a direct flight.

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