And you thought your flight was long...

My advisor was booking travel to Europe this afternoon on Expedia, and managed to get this itinerary:

In case you can't read the text, it is:

Rome (FCO) to Venice (VCE) Duration 68026774 hr 21 min Flight 5071
Economy/Coach Class

Venice (VCE) to Toronto (YYZ) Duration 3556056 hr 10 min Flight 5071
Economy/Coach Class

Hmm... might be a worthwhile time to upgrade to First Class.

In case you don't want to bother doing the math, the first leg is 7766 years. The second one is a short hop in comparison--406 years. But man.. that extra 21 minutes really kills you there, eh? Oh yeah--if you count the layover, it would probably add up to an even 9000 years. Dude... 828 years stuck in Venice airport (Aeroporta di Venezia Marco Polo).

Using a cruising speed of 600 mph, and assuming my math is right, that's about six round trips from the sun to Pluto (assuming the average orbit radius). Pretty killer for frequent flyer miles.


At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What I want to know is whether the frequent-flier miles would be worth more, or less, than the total number currently outstanding, which I believe has worth in the billions of dollars.

Very funny.


At 4:35 PM, Blogger dan said...

Nowhere near. Consider: 9000 person-years of flight time is just what 30 A340s running 24/7 would produce in a year. Probably that's less than a few month's worth for Lufthansa.

[That doesn't change that I still feel like I deserve that many, these days...]


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