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Old September 4th, 2015, 05:19 PM posted to rec.travel.air
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I have been looking at flight aware online and notice some things. Any comments would be appreciated.

1. Some airlines are strong during the day but lose numbers at night. Some airlines are consistent throughout the day and night.

2. The last east to west flight leaves much later than west to east flights..

3. Very few flights, if at all, from west to east, arrive between 1 and 4 am. If there is a west to east flight, typical is for it to leave the west coast at 11 pm and arrive at 5 am, almost always coast to coast. I don't see any SFO to DEN flights that arrive at 3 am.
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Old September 4th, 2015, 06:13 PM posted to rec.travel.air
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1. Some airlines are strong during the day but lose numbers at night. Some airlines are consistent throughout the day and night.

Makes sense. If you mostly have short routes, you want both ends of
the flight to be at reasonable times so you have few overnight
flights. On the other hand, if most of your flights are long, e.g.
Air NZ or Singapore, a lot of them will have to be overnight.

2. The last east to west flight leaves much later than west to east flights.


That's how time zones work. If you leave New York at 6 PM, you get to
L.A. at a reasonable 9 PM. If you leave L.A. at 6 PM, you'd get to
New York at an unreasonable 3 AM.

3. Very few flights, if at all, from west to east, arrive between 1 and 4 am. If there is a west to east flight,
typical is for it to leave the west coast at 11 pm and arrive at 5 am, almost always coast to coast. I don't see any
SFO to DEN flights that arrive at 3 am.


For some airports there are curfews. For the rest of them, who wants
to arrive at 2 in the morning? In most cities transit is shut down,
cabs are few and expensive, and you can't get a decent night's sleep.


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Old September 13th, 2015, 12:54 AM posted to rec.travel.air
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Well, it is interesting how the focus of routes is different between airlines. Even Alaska has overnight flights that leave in the eve on the west coast and arrive early on the east coast, but there are hours in the middle of the night where Southwest doesn't have a single plane up in the air.

 




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