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June 26, 2008

Direct vs. Non-Stop Flights - A Travel Tip

Don't use the terms non-stop and direct flights interchangeably.  A non-stop flight is a direct flight but a direct flight is not always a non-stop flight.  It might seem trivial but the difference between the two can be huge.

A non-stop flight is exactly what it sounds like - a flight that goes from point A to point B without any planned stops.

A direct flight is not what it sounds like - it is a flight or series of flights that operate under a single flight number.  It could be a non-stop.  But it could also be a flight that has a number of planned stops and/or aircraft changes along the way.

For example, United flight 966 is a direct flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO).  But it is not a non-stop.  First United 966 goes from LAX to IAD (Washington Dulles) on an Airbus 319.  Then there is approximately an hour layover in IAD before a plane change to a Boeing 777 when the flight continues to FCO.

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Kudzu Fire

so non stop is what I am looking for. Thanks.

Private Jet

If you are planning to travel on a direct flight then you can prefer a private jet which will fly n your time schedule and make your travel luxury.

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