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Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:07 am

Just curious to find out, if we had to remake the famous movie: "Around the World in 80 days", just how many hours would it take to make a complete journey "across the world" using regularly scheduled air service?

Any concrete examples would be enjoyed!

Rules:

Start in one direction, no back tracking..

Must return back to the same city as origin..

If you know what the ticket would cost, post it.

Allow for both leisure travel (overnight hotel stays) and direct plane-to-plane transfers. We wouldn't want to tire poorselves too much, should we?
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:31 am

A quick look online:

LHR - TPE (CI 70) 14-hour block time, departing LHR at 21:15, arr TPE 18:15. GBP 542.97.

One night in TPE.

TPE - JFK (CI 12) 18-hour block time, departing TPE 16:15, arr JFK 22:15. NT$30,001.

One (short) night in NYC.

JFK - LHR (AA 142) 7-hour block time, departing JFK 8:35, arr LHR 20:30. US$947.

Total block time: 39 hours (1 day, 15 hours)

Time between flights: 30:20. (1 day, 6 hours, 20 min)

Total travel time: 2 days, 21 hours, 20 min.

I'm pretty sure it could be done more quickly if the connections were better timed.
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:32 am

I've never done it faster than 10 days. ATL-CDG-JNB-CDG-BKK-ICN-ATL.

Heading west, you should be able to do it in less than 3 days.

You can get prices by googling RTW tickets.
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:36 am

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 2):
I've never done it faster than 10 days. ATL-CDG-JNB-CDG-BKK-ICN-ATL.

I've done it in 16 days: TPE - HKG - LHR - JFK - Fort Lauderdale // Miami - ATL - DFW - SFO - TPE

Not something I would ever want to do again.

Total cost (Dec 99 - Jan 00) was around US$2,000.
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:17 am

It suggest that Equator crossing should be a pre-requisite as well.
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:24 am

Quoting ABpositive (Reply 4):
It suggest that Equator crossing should be a pre-requisite as well.

That, and going around the world is just that...hitting up every continent.

Circumnavigating the globe and traveling around the world can be argued to be two VERY different things.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:26 am

Booked a client using the OneWorld booking engine. MCO-MIA-EZE-MAD-LHR-SIN-SYD-LAX-DFW-MCO in 10 days, Flew on AA, IB, BA and QF. Business class $5900USD in May of this year, booked 5 months in advance.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:26 am

My wife flew around the world in 10 days last year on Singapore business class. Her itinerary was ICT-DFW-LAX-SIN-SVO-IAH-ICT.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:32 am

I have flown around the world twice using a combination of my non-rev flight benefits and ID90/ZED fares.


The first time was in September 2006 and I flew westbound ATL-NRT-SIN-BOM-CDG-BUD-JFK-ATL. It took me six days staying two nights in SIN and one night in BUD. I backtracked somewhat by flying CDG-BUD but I did it because the flights out of CDG were full and it was an easy way to get another stamp in my passport.  

Total flight time was about 45 hours and the ID tickets+flight fees were about $400-450 IIRC.


The second time was last October and I decided to fly eastbound this time. I flew ATL-DXB-HKG-SYD-LAX-SLC-IAH-ATL. The reason for the multi-stop cross country from LAX was due to heavy loads on the LAX-ATL and SLC-ATL flights on which I was unable to get on as a non-rev. This trip took me seven days to complete and I spent two nights in HKG and two nights in SYD.

Total flight time was 47:41 (47 hours 41 minutes) and it cost me $306 in ZED tickets and flight fees.


A great experience both times and I highly recomend it to anyone who wants to try it.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:41 am

I was planning on flying YYJ-YVR-HKG-LHR-YVR-YYJ in one go late last year, but had to scrap it due to loads (didn't want a middle seat). I don't remember how long it was going to take exactly, but it was less than 3 days (allowing shortish stops in HKG and LHR).
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:52 am

I non-reved around the world for my birthday twice. In 2005 I flew eastbound in 5 days. My itinerary was 10/17 (ORD-LHR), 10/18 (LHR-NRT), 10/19 (NRT-HKG): 10/19 (HKG-SYD); 1 day in SYD visiting friends; 10/21 (SYD-BNE-LAX-ORD).

Last year I flew westbound in 3 days. 10/18 (ORD-NRT); overnight in Tokyo; 10/20 (NRT-BKK); 10/20 (BKK-DXB); 10/21 (DXB-YYZ); 10/21 (YYZ-MKE). I was gone just over 78 hours and extended my birthday to last almost 40 hours! I also flew the A380 (EK) twice.....truly a b-day to remember!

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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:02 am

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 5):
That, and going around the world is just that...hitting up every continent.

Circumnavigating the globe and traveling around the world can be argued to be two VERY different things.

Hi, 10 replies in less than an hour? Must be an aviation friendly website!

ok... so I shall add these to the rules. Are these okay?

Quoting boacvc10 (Thread starter):
Rules:

Start in one direction, no back tracking..

Must return back to the same city as origin..

If you know what the ticket would cost, post it.

Allow for both leisure travel (overnight hotel stays) and direct plane-to-plane transfers. We wouldn't want to tire poorselves too much, should we?

ADD: your "orbit"   around the Earth by air travel has to cross the equator at least twice

ADD: you must touch the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia.

ADD: (Extra difficulty) At least one oceanic destination on the following oceans: Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian, Pacific.


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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:13 am

Quoting aa777lvr (Reply 10):
I non-reved around the world for my birthday twice. In 2005 I flew eastbound in 5 days. My itinerary was 10/17 (ORD-LHR), 10/18 (LHR-NRT), 10/19 (NRT-HKG): 10/19 (HKG-SYD); 1 day in SYD visiting friends; 10/21 (SYD-BNE-LAX-ORD).

Last year I flew westbound in 3 days. 10/18 (ORD-NRT); overnight in Tokyo; 10/20 (NRT-BKK); 10/20 (BKK-DXB); 10/21 (DXB-YYZ); 10/21 (YYZ-MKE). I was gone just over 78 hours and extended my birthday to last almost 40 hours! I also flew the A380 (EK) twice.....truly a b-day to remember!

Loads pretty light in October? I might try to do this during my fall break around 10/10.
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:51 am

November 3, 2010
UA6936 TYS 1530 - ORD 1615
UA153 ORD 1705 - SFO 1952
UA863 SFO 2237 - SYD 0710 (+ 2 days)

November 6, 2010
TG478 SYD 1630 - BKK 2200

November 8, 2010
TG703 BKK 0115 - JNB 0730

November 9, 2010
SA260 JNB 2020 - FRA 0615 (+ 1 day)

November 11, 2010
JJ8073 FRA 2230 - GIG 0759 (+ 1 day)

November 13, 2010
US801 GIG 2250 - CLT 0600 (+ 1 day)
US2318 CLT 0730 - TYS 0823

Total price for one adult Y ticket: US$7,816

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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:55 am

I actually just got back last week from going around the world on ZEDs. I did it in 8 days, though it could have been done in 5. The trip started with PHX-IAH on US, IAH-CCS on CO, CCS-FRA-DXB on LH, DXB-JNB on EK, JNB-SYD-LAX on QF, and LAX-PHX on US, spending nights in DXB, JNB, and 2 days in SYD. I was pretty wiped when I finally got home.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:08 pm

I once did it in 4 days (europe-asia-north america-europe) and 8 days (europe-africa-north america-asia-australia-africa-europe).

If it’s all about time this might be the fastest possible way from the US:
SQ 025 10SEP 5 JFKSIN 4 2125 0630+2 744
SQ 022 12SEP 7 SINEWR 3 1040 1750 345

SQ25 is clearly east-bound but SQ22 might depend on the actual routing, technically seen it goes east and crosses pacific even the actual flight route goes rather north-bound via the pole and you never see any pacific ocean.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:59 am

A sample Itinerary of quickest way going west from Brisbane stopping all continents (but not Antarctica obviously) starting 3 November using cheapest available fares

03NOV10 Emirates EK433 Brisbane - Singapore - Dubai 0245 1300 777-300ER
03NOV10 Emirates EK923 Dubai - Cairo 1520 1725 777-300ER
FARE EK BNECAI AUD1568.79

04NOV10 Lufthansa LH581 Cairo - Frankfurt 0445 0810 747-400
04NOV10 Lufthansa LH542 Frankfurt - Bogota 1330 1925 A340-600
FARE LH CAIBOG AUD1224.20

05NOV10 American Airlines AA2170 Bogota - Miami 0840 1320 757-200
05NOV10 American Airlines AA231 Miami - Los Angeles 1815 2045 767-300ER
05NOV10 American Airlines AA7409 (operated by Qantas as QF16) Los Angeles - Brisbane 2350 0645+2 747-400
FARE AA BOGBNE AUD2992.09

23,832 Nautical Miles
4 Days 4 Hours or 100 Hours
Average Speed 238 kts or 441 km/h
Fare A$5,748.48 or ~24 cents per nm
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:37 am

I have done a RTW in 16 days. trip report here

Someone has done a RTW in 60 hours which can be found here.

Both cross the equator.
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:49 pm

6 continents in 6 flight segments:

Nov. 4th
Avianca 49 LAX-BOG (11:30-20:45)
Avianca 10 BOG-MAD (21:35-13:15 Nov. 5th)

Nov. 5th
Egyptair 754 MAD-CAI (15:05-20:35)
Egyptair 910 CAI-DXB (22:15-03:35 Nov. 6th)

Nov. 6th
Emirates 412 DXB-SYD (10:15-6:55 Nov. 7th)

Nov. 7th
Delta 16 SYD-LAX (11:25-6:10)

Total elapsed time: 66 hours, 40 minutes

Total price: $3836
 
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RE: Around The World In ... Days

Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:05 pm

Just finished a similar trip about 3 weeks ago.

ORD-PHX
Drive to TUS for a 4 day conference, then back to PHX.
PHX-SFO-MNL
MNL for 1 day
MNL-BKK
BKK for about 4 days
BKK-ZRH (intended to go BKK-NRT but no available seats out of NRT)
ZRH-EWR
EWR-MKE (EWR flights delayed--jumped on a MKE flight instead of ORD)

I would think a RTW trip could be done in less than 3 days if you just wanted to fly.

Interestingly, this RTW flight was actually 155 miles (according to Great Circle Mapper) shorter than my intended route!

21,235 miles.

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