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HNLFlyBoy
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Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 4:35 am

I am sure I will hear that this was a thread previously, but I did a search and didn't find anything...so here goes.

Can anyone, and I am sure someone can, explain the difference between Non-Stop versus Direct service? I know that one is a "one stop, no a/c change" kinda thing and the other is a total non-stop, no a/c change, point A to point B service?

Please advise. Inquiring minds want to know, I want to know!
 
ssides
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 4:42 am

Non-stop is non-stop.

Direct service is service same-plane service, e.g. you are booked on flight 1846 from AUS to BWI, but you stop in Chicago to drop off/pick up pax.

I usually only will book a direct flight on WN because they turn their planes around so fast. AA's direct flights usually stop for at least 45 minutes, sometimes 90 minutes.
 
CB777
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 4:43 am

NON-stop means no stops, and DIRECT is one or more stops with the same flight number, and it is not always the same aircraft.



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HNLFlyBoy
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 5:03 am

thanks guys for the quick response! I appreciate the clarification.
 
atcboy73
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:08 am

I used to get a kick out of hearing people say they want a direct fligth.

I would say in return some like, wouldnt you rather have a non-stop?
 
jmhLUV2fly
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:20 pm

Really simple answer. It is two ways of saying the same thing...because if you are flying nonstop you are flying direct.
JMH
 
jmhLUV2fly
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:26 pm

I made the above responce before reading all the other responces.
I do have to disagree with some of the responces. If there is any stop at anytime even if it the same flight number, there is nothing direct about going from point A to point C but first stopping at point B.
Example: AirTran almost daily operates flt. 1711 MDW-ATL-PNS
a direct flight would be MDW to PNS with no stop in ATL and thus a nonstop would also be the same thing.
JMH
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:37 pm

The above example of AirTran's flight 1711 is a direct flight. Until 20 or 25 years ago, only a same aircraft flight would be called direct but airlines now call a flight with the same flight number direct, even if it involves change of aircraft.

For example, TWA had a direct flight from Tucson to Cairo on a 707 during the late 60s and early 70s. After a mere 4 stops, you'd be in Egypt.
 
zrs70
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RE: Non-Stop Versus Direct Service

Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:43 pm

The history of "Direct" flights comes from train schedules. "Direct" train service never means nonstop. It means one route, with usually multiple stops.

As stated above, a direct flight is one flight number.

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