gilesdavies
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Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:11 pm

Im looking to book a trip to Sydney in February and the longest haul single sector flight I have flown is 7-8hrs.

I have to be honsted I am a very restless traveller and find it hard to remain seated ona single flight for any longer than this... Hence when I have flown to the west coast of the US from the UK I have always flown via Philadelphia or Charlotte to break the journey.

I am considering Emirates but I think the sector DXB-SYD is 10hrs+ and don't honestly think I could handle it!

I think the only realistic route is Gulf Air as that would be via BAH and BKK.

Any one got any sugggestions or ideas, I am looking to spend no more than £1000 return.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Giles
 
geoffm
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:27 pm

You could try LON-DXB-BKK-SYD as seperate flight segments (LON-BKK return, BKK-SYD return) but that's coming up at around �1100.

To be honest, I'd suggest biting the bullet and just going for it. 12-13 hours to Bangkok, stay there a few days (or Singapore, but Thailand is IMHO a more exciting place to visit), then do the last 9 hours to Sydney.

I thought the same way as you last year. I did BHX-DXB-BKK, two 6-7 hour flights with a 3 hour layover, because I thought it would be better than a straight 12-13 hour flight. I was wrong, while hanging around DXB at 3am I just wanted to get to Bangkok as fast as possible!

Get an aisle seat and wander up and down the aisles every hour or two. Sleep onboard as well as that passes a few hours.

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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sat Nov 13, 2004 11:23 pm

Have you considered going to a 'bucket shop' and get a cheap fare with several stops in each direction? You could probably arrange for a couple of 1/2 to 1 day stops to give you a break along the way. Maybe they can get you a cheap Biz class seat for a route too, so you have more room to sleep. I have done 12 hours between LAX and AUK in the cheap seats a couple of times, so I can understand your anexity about such long stretches.
 
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sat Nov 13, 2004 11:34 pm

Oh i was faced with the same challenge this weekend, I found a really great fare online and was going to book it,,and before i put my c.c. number in i realized,im just to tired to handle that long of a flight nonstop,especially since i am a smoker. If they would just designate 1 cigarette for everyone every hour or so,i think i could handle it. But as it is i have to make 3 or even 4 connections...
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 12:04 am

Okay, well a few questions.

Firstly, do you have to fly into sydney, or could you start ur Australian journy somewhere else?

The reason I ask is perhaps a round-the-world ticket could fulfil your needs.

If you go huting there are some interesting opportunities out there.

Or, perhaps a ticket via the USA/Canada and stopping in some pacific islands.

Continental flys to Cairns Via GUM, and HNL. So, there is an interesting, if not very long in total journy.
There are others, it really depends on whats more important.

Obviously the fastest way is thru SIN, BKK or HKG.
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LordHowe
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 12:20 am

You could try Finnair via Helsinki and Narita to Cairns. LHR-HEL is about 3 h, HEL-NRT about 9½ h and NRT-CNS 7½ h. Or take HEL-PEK which is shorter, around 8 hours. I think AY also has some very attractive prices to offer - especially if you are not from Finland; we always pay the most to AY.

Of course here is this 9½ h flight to Tokyo Narita but you have the same if you fly via BKK to SYD. BKK-SYD is baou 9 hours also.

But i would also say go for it, give it a try - I mean these 12 h flights. You can make it, especially if you take some airline with high class IFE and PTVs. They say that even a 12 h flight is too short to experience all the possibilities of these systems.

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avek00
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 3:34 am

To be honest, I have zero trouble doing long-haul (12+ hour) flights - it's the transcons to LAX/SFO and Europe-USA that put me on my wit's end.
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:11 pm

Try NZ, at least it is only 2 long flights instead of going Via DXB. And besides, if you want you could go LHR-LAX-AKL(via 2 or 3 stops in the pacifis) and then to SYD.
 
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:20 pm

Actually, ZKSUJ has a good idea with taking the NZ "Island Hopper." You might have to bite the bullet and do 12 hours one way and 10 1/2 the other LHR-LAX-LHR, but you would not have as hard a time down to OZ, as no flight would be over 8 hours. Then again, I just thought. You could probably get a Star RTW that went LHR-IAD-LAX-(NZ pacific island stops)-AKL-SYD-SIN-LHR and only one long flight in there. Since UA and NZ code share on many of their flights, you could probably get 1 ticket return going LHR-IAD/JFK-LAX-Pacific Islands-AKL-SYD and back
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 7:01 pm

Take the most direct flight with only one stopover (BKK, ICN, SIN, HKG, DXB, etc) and pop a sleeping pill when you board the airplane for each sector and the flight will be over before you know it.

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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 7:08 pm

Depends on where you are going, Maybe Emirates via DXB would be your best option, If you are flying to Sydney take the non stop flight from DXB-SYD and find something to knock yourself out with, Ambien or some other sleeping drug then time should fly really quickly.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
 
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 7:18 pm

How about Royal Brunei from LHR-DXB-BWN-SYD?? They have some really cheap airfares as well. Around 750 pounds
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 7:19 pm

LHR-EWR-SIN-SYD, that will cure your restlessness real quick! If your not familiar, EWR-SIN is the world's longest segment so far at 18 hours with Singapore Airlines. Get through that and you'll be fine.
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 8:12 pm

What about doing 4 segments LON-XXX-SIN-PER-SYD, PER-SYD could be on Virgin Blue.
 
LordHowe
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 9:06 pm

It was so much easier for people like you back in 1980s - every airline had to make stops even on their routes to SIN. I think the best of the stoppers was Garuda Indonesia - called Henry the Hopper back then. They made the most stops on their way to Singapore and Jakarta.

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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:08 pm

Would you could do (if you are mad, like me) is to buy two seperate tickets: one from LHR to SIN and one from SIN to SYD (or wherever else in Australia). For the first part, you could fly BG routing LHR-DAC-BKK-SIN for £390 including taxes and stay there for however long you want, then fly onto Australia. On the way back, after flying from Australia to SIN, you could then fly SIN-BKK-DAC-DXB-LHR. Lots of connections, nice and cheap, and great fun! Big grin
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:41 pm

I'm assuming you're heading from UK. Hop on a trans-atlantic flight, get from East Coast USA to LAX in as many short hops as you feel necessary, then hop on NZ's island-hopper to Papeete, Raratonga and AKL, then onto SYD, longest sectors there are the trans-atlantic and the hop from LAX to Papeete, but all are under 9 hours i think?
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Tue Nov 16, 2004 7:52 am

Try LHR-MAD-JNB-SYD or LHR-MAD-JNB-PER-SYD  Wow!
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Gecko
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger.

Tue Nov 16, 2004 3:14 pm

Why don't you take Emirates' UK-AUS ticket LHR-DXB-SIN-BNE,SYD or MEL?

None of those flights are horrendously long.

 
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RE: Routes To Australia For A Restless Passenger

Wed Nov 17, 2004 10:21 am

I recommend: LHR-KUL(or BKK or MNL) SYD.
I know the LHR-Asia leg is very long, but you are actually travelling to Australia which is half the world away...
Anyway, enjoy your stay in Australia.
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