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Why it takes longer to fly in a Westerly direction?
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Monday, 07 January 2008 20:23

Dear Captain Lim,

I am flying on a British Airways Boeing 777 trans Atlantic from London next month. I am usually a very good flyer and I want to become a pilot.

Last year I went on an American Airlines Boeing 767 to America, and I took a panic attack during take-off roll. Through out the whole flight I was a nervous wreck, and I cant explain it! This April I flew to Malaga on a Boeing 737-300 and I took a major panic attack as we walked out to the aircraft and had to be forced on by my dad :-(

Both of these flights went well with the bit of turbulence as usual. Weeks before both of these flights I couldn't wait to get on the planes and I am feeling the same after reading your site. (Well done, BTW, great Site) This time I am flying with my cousin who has never been near a plane before, and my Aunt and Uncle. I have been told that if I panicked before I got on the plane I won't be getting on it but I really wanted to go! I don't want to upset my cousin!
Please help!

Will the British Airways flights have games on board or just films?? Also, the flight there is 9hrs 15 minutes and back it is 8 hrs 35? I can't explain it, please help as well!

Please reply before mid-June, Thanks a lot in advance,

John Wales

Hi John,

I believe British Airways Boeing 777 has in-flight entertainment on every seats with choice of movies and all types of games to keep you occupied throughout your flight.

The reason why it takes 9 hours 15 minutes to US is because of the strong prevailing Westerly wind that blows against the aircraft. However, on your way back the Westerly wind is an advantage because it makes the plane fly faster, hence 8 hours and 35 minutes. The wind is now blowing at the back, just like someone pushing your bicycle as you are cycling forward!

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