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#962200 by ijg56
03 Oct 2021, 16:14
We are booked on VS225 EDI to MCO next summer.

The flight time is showing as 9 hours 55 minutes. In years we have used the Glasgow flight which was just short of 9 hours. Cannot think that flying from Edinburgh would add an hour.

Thanks in advance.
Iain
#962201 by Murraymint
03 Oct 2021, 17:20
Does sound strange but could be a number of reasons. It will be slightly longer because of the distance between GLA and EDI although probably not an hour. The B747 which last operated GLA-MCO was faster than the A330 (not sure about the A350). It could be scheduling i.e. slots for leaving and landing and fitting into both.
I’m sure others will chip in.
#962202 by Q_Division
03 Oct 2021, 17:31
Can't give you a definitive answer but it's likely to be a difference in plane or route across the Atlantic or something as my flight from LHR is equally longer than "normal", showing as 9hr45 currently.
#962206 by VIR75L
03 Oct 2021, 18:52
I’ve just run it through some flight planning software and with todays weather it’d be bang on 08:30 airborne with Virgin’s A330 CI (speeds).

MAN for comparison is 08:38. That also has a block time (scheduled push to arrival on stand) if 09:55, so just looks like Virgin are overegging the block times at the minute. Probably around 30 minutes longer than ‘normal’.
#962208 by Trekkie101
03 Oct 2021, 23:32
The GLA flight used to do the same when booking. However would often linger on the ground a bit.

Arrived early both ends every single time. Oddly it’s only the early season flights, later then seems to predict less.
#962210 by 747G-VXLG
03 Oct 2021, 23:47
ijg56 wrote:We are booked on VS225 EDI to MCO next summer.

The flight time is showing as 9 hours 55 minutes. In years we have used the Glasgow flight which was just short of 9 hours. Cannot think that flying from Edinburgh would add an hour.

Thanks in advance.
Iain


A333s are usually scheduled for about 9h25m to MCO but they may be adding extra time because of potential delays - the summer is storm season in Florida and sometimes it can cause delays either on the ground (keeping aircraft on the taxiway) or inflight.
#962219 by VS075
04 Oct 2021, 11:59
Q_Division wrote:Can't give you a definitive answer but it's likely to be a difference in plane or route across the Atlantic or something as my flight from LHR is equally longer than "normal", showing as 9hr45 currently.


The bit underlined in bold is correct.

The A330's have a slower cruise speed than the 747's, so when using them on 4,000 mile flights the performance gap is going to be noticeable and block times need to be extended accordingly. Other factors such as tarmac time will no doubt influence things, but in this case it's primarily the A330's slower cruise speeds.

Actual performance on-the-day will be influenced by a whole host of factors such as routing, weather, caught up in holding patterns prior to landing, ground congestion, etc.
#962871 by kushty
25 Nov 2021, 17:20
Yep, same here we are flying to MCO and we have had an Aircraft change to an A350 early May next year. The flight time is showing 10hr 10min, surely they can't be that much slower than the 744 which used to show a time of 9hr 15 if I remember correctly.
#962875 by mikethe3rd
26 Nov 2021, 11:18
kushty wrote:Yep, same here we are flying to MCO and we have had an Aircraft change to an A350 early May next year. The flight time is showing 10hr 10min, surely they can't be that much slower than the 744 which used to show a time of 9hr 15 if I remember correctly.


Is this EDI or LHR? If the latter, I’d imagine they’ve added extra contingency for time on the ground.

Whatever your flight times say, your wheels up to wheels down will rarely exceed 9 hours.
#962877 by kushty
26 Nov 2021, 14:02
mikethe3rd wrote:
kushty wrote:Yep, same here we are flying to MCO and we have had an Aircraft change to an A350 early May next year. The flight time is showing 10hr 10min, surely they can't be that much slower than the 744 which used to show a time of 9hr 15 if I remember correctly.


Is this EDI or LHR? If the latter, I’d imagine they’ve added extra contingency for time on the ground.

Whatever your flight times say, your wheels up to wheels down will rarely exceed 9 hours.



Thanks for that Mike, it is LHR.
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