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Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines?

Fri Dec 03, 2004 1:23 pm

Would it be possible for someone to do, or has anybody ever done, flying around the world, traveling at least 25,000 miles, using commercial, scheduled airlines in 80 elasped hours or less? The elasped time would include all connecting times on the ground as well as all air time. I was thinking of a route like NYC - London - Singapore - Sydney or Auckland - Los Angeles - NYC, so to have enough mileage. My question was raised by the proposed non-stop around the world solo flight to take place in January 2005.
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 1:53 pm

Very possible, very carefully...I was thinking more like IAH to LGW on CO, then LGW to NRT on BA, and finally NRT to IAH on CO as well. Just a thought!

Would be pretty interesting to do!
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 1:56 pm

Actually, NW is chartring a flight that goes around the world, JFK-Somwhere in Argentina-Perth-PEK-JFK, the website has been down for a while, but its supposed to be a flight to beat the world record.
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:09 pm

You can book it on SIA for JFK-FRA-SIN-EWR.

Don't book it the other way around because it often goes over the pole and therefore is not around-the-worls anymore.
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:27 pm

Here's how I would do it -

Segment 1)
3458 miles
time: 6:40 dep/arr 09:00-20:40

Segment 2)
10595 miles
time: 21:40 dep/arr 21:45-06:25

Segment 3)
9968 miles
time: 20:15 dep/arr 12:35-16:50

24021 elapsed miles
55 hours 50 minutes including layovers

Cheers  Smile

Edit: Since someone will probably nit-pick about the connecting time at LHR, this routing is still possible using BOS as the starting and ending points giving 2 hours between flights at Heathrow.  Smile

[Edited 2004-12-03 06:45:27]
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 4:50 pm

This could be done in many different ways; I guess I would fly
UA 914 IAD-CDG on a 777 dep 1750 arr 0710+1
AF 272 CDG-NRT on a 772 dep 1030 arr 0625+1
NH 002 NRT-IAD on a 772 dep 1110 arr 0940

So completing the round the world in about 70 hrs!

I did a longer but continous round the world in 2002:

30-Jun-02 IAD-JFK Atlantic Coast UA 7220 11:11 1:03h Bae Jetstream 41
30-Jun-02 FK-CDG Air France AF 023 17:04 6:23h Boeing 777-200ER
1-Jul-02 CDG-MXP Air France AF 1114 8:15 1:00h Airbus A320-200
1-Jul-02 MXP-FCO-MLE Air Europe PE 7924 22:03, 00:27 0:49h, 8:21h Boeing 777-200ER
2-Jul-02 MLE-SIN Singapore SQ 451 23:21 4:27h Airbus A310-300
3-Jul-02 SIN-BKK Thai TG 404 12:24 2:03h Boeing 777-200
3-Jul-02 BKK-NRT All Nippon NH 916 23:30 5:58h Boeing 777-200
4-Jul-02 NRT-IAD All Nippon NH 002 11:15 12:13h Boeing 777-200ER

So I left at 11:11 on 30 June and arrived on 4July at about 11:00; five nights on airplanes in a row but did manage to get about 4h of sleep in the transit hotel in BKK. I was very tired when I got back Smile

Purpose of the trip was to fly the AirEurope (PE) 777. Trip report is posted in the trip report forum.

Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 5:22 pm

AeroWesty has the right idea. In order to do a correct circumnavigation of the globe, you need to fly in both hemispheres to do it correctly (get the 25K mileage). JFK-LHR-BKK-SIN-SYD-LAX-JFK(EWR) would certainly do the trick and would be a night flight most all of the way.

For me, were I do undertake such a journey, I would do it westbound. F class only (beds) with lots of water, aspirin and pajamas. The risk of DVT, even with the layovers is really high because of so many hours in the air.

Of course, someone would have to underwrite the trip, since I don't have the $10000+ it would take to get it done.

If there are ten of you out there who have the $$ and are willing to make a little history, let me know and I probably could get the trip (and the press coverage) put together. I'm sure the airlnes involved would help out, since it would make great publicity for them.

Let me know your thoughts....
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 5:25 pm

Depart YYZ- AC007-0900 Dec10
Arrive HKG 1900 +1 Dec11

Depart HKG-BA026-2325 Dec11
Arrive LHR 0450 +1 Dec12

Depart LHR-AC869-0900 Dec12
Arrive YYZ 1210 Dec12

Elapsed Time 51:10

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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:04 pm

unfortunately BA nor anyone else flys non stop from LGW to NRT,,,the time you would take to get from lgw to lhr would take to long to make it work....unless you want to look at the sights of london on the bus Smile
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Sat Dec 04, 2004 1:33 am

I'd try LHR-BKK-SYD on Qantas - SYD-AKL-SCL on Lan Chile (on the right day of the week!) - then SCL-MAD-LHR on Iberia or Lan Chile.

Alternatively could hop over from SYD to AKL on Qantas, the fly Air New Zealand AKL-LAX-LHR.

Definitely possible to do this!

In fact I remember seeing a TV programme where Jeremy Clarkson did just that - he flew around the world in under 80 hours, routing London-New York-LAX-Fiji-Sydney-BKK and London.
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RE: Go Around The World Under 80 Hours On Airlines

Sat Dec 04, 2004 2:38 am

Sure, it's possible to fly around the world in less than 80 hours on scheduled commercial flights. The trickier part, however, is adding a stop on every inhabited continent (with North and South America being counted separately, to keep it interesting). There was an article in Airliners magazine many years ago by a guy who tried to do this in 80 hours. Due to some unfortunate delays, I believe he missed his goal, but came pretty close. I don't remember the exact routing but I know he went via CCS, LHR, CAI, somewhere in Southeast Asia and then I think SYD.

With that in mind, I looked at schedules for some random dates (starting June 1, 2005) and came up with this routing:

1JUN AA935 MIA 11:06 CCS 14:22
1JUN AF461 CCS 16:45 CDG 08:10+1
2JUN AF524 CDG 10:15 CAI 15:45
2JUN EK924 CAI 19:15 DXB 23:50
3JUN EK412 DXB 10:15 SYD 06:06+1
4JUN QF149 SYD 09:40 LAX 06:00
4JUN AA280 LAX 09:18 MIA 17:12

So, from 11:06 a.m. on June 1 to 5:12 p.m. on June 4 is a grand total of 78 hours and 6 minutes, including stops in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, all with legal connections.

I'll give it a shot, if anyone's willing to pay my way. In first class, of course!  Smile
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