777 sets new record

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Nov 10th, 2005, 05:50 AM
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777 sets new record

See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051110/.../record_flight

A Boeing 777 flew over 12,000 miles nonstop.

Took 23 hr.

Would you want to fly in coach for 23 hr?

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Nov 10th, 2005, 05:59 AM
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A great deal more than I'd want to be thrown off at LAX after 10 hours, go through immigration, hang round for a couple of hours then have another ten hours before getting to Sydney or Auckland.

Which is what happens to thousands of us every day.

And a lot less painful than the trans-Europe train journeys most of used to take 30 or more years ago.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 06:01 AM
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Good one flanneruk -- toss in double miles and where do I sign up???
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Nov 10th, 2005, 06:07 AM
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Ira - Many moons ago when South African Airways was not allowed to fly over Africa and had to go around 'the bulge', we flew 19hrs to Tel Aviv with a refuel in Lisbon. That was bad enough!
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Nov 10th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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As long as the wine is free. I guess that means it won't be a U.S. airline.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 06:11 AM
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Don't worry, Wally. No US airline has ordered the 772LR yet; and was that you who tell me Air Canada still gives free drinks?
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Nov 10th, 2005, 06:21 AM
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But the plane that did it was Pakistan's PIA. On which the only free drinks are tea.

And - I swear - the pre-landing announcement goes "Ladies and gentlemen. If God is willing, we will shortly be landing at Karachi"

Personally, I prefer less tentative announcements. And if they want to worry us, I'd rather they served G+Ts at the same time.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 07:47 AM
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flanneruk - That's a good one!
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Nov 10th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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I hear they are setting up special Immigration lines for whiners.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 09:32 AM
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rkkwan, as I recall from a previous thread, Air Canada's drinks are only $4, as opposed to AA's drinks for $5. This is not a determining factor for you or me, but for Wally this constitutes a substantial savings.

Here's one on the house, Wally!!
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