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Friday, December 4, 2015

Travel Story - A Tailwind Helps

Location: AA 138, High over the North Pacific

I was on my way back from Singapore via Hong Kong and DFW.  On the way out I took AA 137 from DFW to Singapore, which is scheduled for 16 hours and 50 minutes.  The reciprocal AA 138 is scheduled for 14 hours and 20 minutes, or 2 and 1/2 hours less. Why?  Because it is flying with the jetstream versus against it going west.

I witnessed how significant the jetstream can be on my way back from Hing King to DFW.  I looked up at the monitor and saw we had a tailwind of 174 mph!

As a result, our groundspeed was an astounding 731 mph!

I don't recall ever seeing a groundspeed over 700 mph.

As a result of the big tail wind, we got in an hour ahead of our scheduled arrival, and I was able to catch an earlier flight home.  Hooray for the jetstream!

Also, hooray for upgrades.  I was fortunate enough to get upgraded on both trans-Pacific flights.  This particular airplane is a 777-300ER, and is quire nice.  Here is a review of business class on this plane:

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