Not sure if this has been discussed before, but I've been wondering why certain airlines, esp. on intercontinental over night flights, depart and arrive opposite of what is natural to do for your body?
For example, most flights between North America and Europe are over night flights, but many of them are not over night in regards to how the body feel. When you arrive Europe early in the morning, it's only late evening at the place you left, and this is the time you start getting tired. I was on a Delta-flight from Seattle to Amsterdam once, and it left Seattle at 1pm, and arrives in Amsterdam at about 7, the next morning. But, with the 9 hr time difference between the two cities, when you arrive in AMS at 7am, it's only 10pm in Seattle. So I've spent the whole DAY on the plane, and when I arrive in AMS/whatever final destination in Europe, at around mid-day, that's when I'm starting to get tired and want to go to sleep! And then you have to stay awake the whole day before you can actually go to sleep! On the other hand, I've been on both SAS and BA flights from Seattle to Europe, and they left in the evening, making it more natural for me to actually get some sleep on the plane.
Why the difference in departure and arrival times like this?
Why are certain airlines 'morning airlines' and certain airlines 'evening airlines'?
Wouldn't the flight be easier and faster if you could actually get some sleep, considering that it's an over night flight?
[Edited 2012-01-05 04:27:48]
[Edited 2012-01-05 04:28:51]