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Author Topic: Return flight slower?  (Read 301 times)

Offline daysleeper

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Return flight slower?
« on: December 26, 2015, 02:51:54 PM »
Hey,

I am new to the game, but I was wondering the following. I scheduled a flight from Denver to London, and somehow the flight back to Denver takes one hour longer than DEN-LHR (10h30m vs 9h30m). See the screenshot attached. The distance should be the same. How is this possible?

Thanks!

Offline bdnascar3

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 03:08:24 PM »
Winds

Offline daysleeper

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 03:20:26 PM »
Thanks :)

Offline Matt Elphick

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2015, 03:20:58 PM »
It is also that the earth is moving against the direction of the plane so the distance will actually be longer.

Offline Cardinal

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 04:58:04 AM »
If you hover over the ? next to the flight time, it breaks down everything: taxi time, total time aloft, and how breezy it is upstairs.

Offline Mr Yoda

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2015, 10:53:53 AM »
jetstream heading east over the atlantic explains it all...

Offline qwert5479

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Re: Return flight slower?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2016, 10:20:49 AM »
It is also that the earth is moving against the direction of the plane so the distance will actually be longer.

If it worked like that, and plane had to catch up with the rotation of the earth, you'd be headed to Denver backwards over Asia.  The return flight is slower because of the jet stream.   Has nothing to do with the planet's rotation.

 

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