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to explain flight times please!

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#1 againagain

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

So I haven't travelled much. I've only flown twice  mellow.gif

I'm looking at flights from Melb-Bris and although the costs only wary by $10 or so, the flight times vary by up to 2 hours  blink.gif  

What is with the huge difference? If they're travelling the to the same place why does it take almost 2 hours longer?

One flight says "Flight time: 3hr10m" and another says "Flight time: 1hr25m". With another couple in between.

Ploise explain  unsure.gif

#2 Lyra

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

I always assumed it's to do with traffic flow at the airport ie you can only really have a limited number taking off or landing at the one time. But, you can have a whole heap up in the air in holding patterns ready to come down. In effect, the flight time is not different but the length varies due to the time you are stuck up in the air in the holding pattern

I could be wrong though LOL

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

One flight goes via Sydney.

#4 bebe12

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM


Qld do not do daylight savings. Could it be this???

#5 Feraldadathome

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

The 3 hours 10 minutes is wrong. I expect that it ought to be 2 hours 10 minutes but the fact that you're flying into the past with Brisbane ( original.gif ) means whatever system addsthe extra hour. Qantas shows 2 hours 10 mins flight time on their booking system.

1h25m seems a short flight time? QF shows 1h30m for Sydney-Brisbane?

Edited by dadathome, 14 February 2013 - 11:58 AM.

#6 againagain

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

One flight goes via Sydney.

THey all say non-stop.  unsure.gif

#7 leo the lioness

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

I'm with bebe12 - more than likely due to daylight savings not happening in Queensland.

#8 HRH Countrymel

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE (againagain @ 14/02/2013, 12:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
THey all say non-stop.  unsure.gif

Then it would be due to flying back in time to Qld.

One airline is giving you the actual flight time, one is giving you the adjusted time.

#9 againagain

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

Ahhhh of course - the time difference. Well that's embarrassing lol.

I was just looking at the 1hr 25m flight (anything to keep me out of the air as much as possible!) and although it says that is the 'total flight time' the departure is 9.40 and arrival 12.05  wacko.gif

#10 Feraldadathome

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

QUOTE (againagain @ 14/02/2013, 01:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ahhhh of course - the time difference. Well that's embarrassing lol.

I was just looking at the 1hr 25m flight (anything to keep me out of the air as much as possible!) and although it says that is the 'total flight time' the departure is 9.40 and arrival 12.05  wacko.gif

No, the arrival time is Brisbane time, so it would be 11.05 Melbourne time. It still seems very short - I can't see even QF adding an extra 30% slack onto their flight times, given that there is nowhere near that difference in the normal cruising speed of the planes.

Edited by dadathome, 14 February 2013 - 12:06 PM.

#11 prettypenny

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

I've traveled Mel- Bne more times than I care to remember. It's always around 1 hr 50 northbound and 2hrs 10 southbound. The only times it would be 3 hours would be if there was fog or some other weather event that closed the airport and caused the plane to divert or circle.

It'll be a daylight saving thing.

ETA flight time is from when the plane pushes back from the terminal til when it arrives at the destination's terminal gate. Sometimes extra time is added if an airport is experiencing an upgrade eg when the runways were widened for the A380s.

Edited by prettypenny, 14 February 2013 - 12:16 PM.

#12 harper_

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

Perth to Bris is much quicker than Bris to Perth due to constant winds. Flights can be up to 2 hours quicker. Last year flight time to Brisbane was just over 3 hours and just over 5 hours on the return journey.

#13 Flutters

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

Im about to have lunch with my bestie who is a travel agent - what's the date you're looking at and I'll ask her to check her system if you want?

#14 Feraldadathome

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Interestingly, Tiger's system suggests 2h10m Mel-Bne and only 1h25h Bne-Mel?

QF, Jet* and Virgin have 2h10m in each direction

Edited by dadathome, 14 February 2013 - 12:17 PM.

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