FoxBravo
Topic Author
Posts: 2769
Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:34 pm

Around The World In 80 Hours - Part 2

Sun Dec 05, 2004 5:22 am

Since the earlier topic was accidentally locked, I thought I'd restart this topic, namely, whether it is possible to fly around the world on regularly scheduled commercial flights in less than 80 hours.

Some suggested itineraries that accomplish this in significantly less time, although in order to be "official," one should ideally pass through both the northern and southern hemispheres, and cover at least 25,000 miles in total.

My even trickier proposal would require 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 someone 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

By my calculations, 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.

However, in the above itinerary a lot of time (over 10 hours) is lost at DXB. Can anyone think of a route meeting these requirements but in less time?
Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos