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headingwest Dec 19, 18 6:14 am

Was it possible to celebrate New Year in London and then New York flying concorde?
 
I'm currently writing up an article for teaching English on the subject of celebrating New Year's Eve twice. It got me thinking, was it possible to do this when Concorde was operating. I'm sure it would have been very tight (especially with the traffic), but theoretically it must have been possible. Does anyone know?, or maybe someone actually did it.

It would also be great to hear other stories of flying somewhere to catch the New Year for a second time.

Many thanks and best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year!

Pascoe Dec 19, 18 6:29 am

Well if you could afford a Concorde ticket on NYE, I am wondering if you could also afford a helicopter transfer to LHR from eg Battersea heliport, in which case it sounds do-able to me....

Assuming you're allowed to do the transfer? Anyone know if that's feasible???

amt Dec 19, 18 6:38 am

Was it possible Yes... Concorde LHR-JFK was typically 3.5hrs, NYC is GMT-5. You’d have to leave between 00:01 and 01:29. The evening Concorde departure was I believe about 18:30-19:00 and Heathrow curfew is 11:30pm.

CX has flights leaving HKG to SFO/LAX/YVR between 00:15 and 01:00. You could celebrate New Years in HKG and arrive in any of the above for 20:00-21:00 the same day.





Globaliser Dec 19, 18 6:44 am


Originally Posted by headingwest (Post 30552390)
I'm currently writing up an article for teaching English on the subject of celebrating New Year's Eve twice. It got me thinking, was it possible to do this when Concorde was operating. I'm sure it would have been very tight (especially with the traffic), but theoretically it must have been possible. Does anyone know?

In theory yes, but you would have had to charter the aircraft as there was no scheduled flight at the necessary times, and you would have had to deal with the noise issue given the unsocial hours at which such a charter flight would have had to operate.

callum9999 Dec 19, 18 6:45 am


Originally Posted by Pascoe (Post 30552416)
Well if you could afford a Concorde ticket on NYE, I am wondering if you could also afford a helicopter transfer to LHR from eg Battersea heliport, in which case it sounds do-able to me....

Assuming you're allowed to do the transfer? Anyone know if that's feasible???

Maybe it's just the routes I look at, but I've generally found flights on NYE to be cheaper than the surrounding dates. I'd imagine most people would want to fly before/after and spent NYE itself on the ground

muscat Dec 19, 18 6:51 am

It would be a lot cheaper to walk across the Spain/Portugal border.

VSLover Dec 19, 18 7:07 am


Originally Posted by amt (Post 30552439)
Was it possible Yes... Concorde LHR-JFK was typically 3.5hrs, NYC is GMT-5. You’d have to leave between 00:01 and 01:29. The evening Concorde departure was I believe about 18:30-19:00 and Heathrow curfew is 11:30pm.

CX has flights leaving HKG to SFO/LAX/YVR between 00:15 and 01:00. You could celebrate New Years in HKG and arrive in any of the above for 20:00-21:00 the same day.





conversely, flying US-HKG is a great way to skip your birthday! ....hey if i arrive a day after my birthday, i definitely didnt turn 40!

GBobon Dec 19, 18 8:05 am


Originally Posted by VSLover (Post 30552518)
conversely, flying US-HKG is a great way to skip your birthday! ....hey if i arrive a day after my birthday, i definitely didnt turn 40!

or maybe UA101 IAH-SYD :D

Funky Spike Dec 19, 18 8:28 am

Didn't Carl Cox play at NYE parties in Sydney and Honolulu on Millenium eve?
Going the same way I've celebrated my birthday twice, leaving AKL around 1800 in the evening of my birthday and arriving in LAX in the morning of the same day.

Spike

DoctorCopper Dec 19, 18 8:36 am


Originally Posted by amt (Post 30552439)

CX has flights leaving HKG to SFO/LAX/YVR between 00:15 and 01:00. You could celebrate New Years in HKG and arrive in any of the above for 20:00-21:00 the same day.


Arriving 20:00-21:00 the previous day (New Year's Eve) surely?

Doc Copper

Reetmafreen Dec 19, 18 8:50 am


Originally Posted by Funky Spike (Post 30552810)
Didn't Carl Cox play at NYE parties in Sydney and Honolulu on Millenium eve?
Going the same way I've celebrated my birthday twice, leaving AKL around 1800 in the evening of my birthday and arriving in LAX in the morning of the same day.

Spike

there were reports of a couple taking a round the world cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It so happened that as they were going Westwards, when they crossed the international dateline, they would jump forward a whole day. The date that they crossed it? You guessed it, their wedding anniversary! So they missed the date completely. If the same thing had happened on an Eastbound cruise, they would have got the chance to celebrate twice.

Field Walsh Dec 19, 18 9:06 am

The Book Billion Dollar Whale talks about how they celebrated new years in Australia and then flew to Las Vegas in their rented 747 and did new years all over again.

Globaliser Dec 19, 18 9:08 am


Originally Posted by Reetmafreen (Post 30552885)
If the same thing had happened on an Eastbound cruise, they would have got the chance to celebrate twice.

But at quite a price, in my book: a significant number of 23-hour days. I long ago decided that if I were ever to do a round-the-world cruise, it would have to be in the westbound direction.

1P Dec 19, 18 10:01 am

Going from the east coast of Australia to the West Coast of the USA, of course you arrive before you've even left.... Have done that more than a few times.

DVT Dec 19, 18 10:13 am


Originally Posted by Funky Spike (Post 30552810)
Didn't Carl Cox play at NYE parties in Sydney and Honolulu on Millenium eve?
Going the same way I've celebrated my birthday twice, leaving AKL around 1800 in the evening of my birthday and arriving in LAX in the morning of the same day.

Spike

I think that Phil Collins also played at Live Aid London and then took Concorde and played in Live Aid US (Philadelphia?) on the same day too.


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