What are transatlantic flights?
Transatlantic flights are flights that fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Transatlantic flights fly from between destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
What transatlantic flights have wifi?
Airlines operate different policies when it comes to offering wifi on transatlantic passenger flights. Some do not yet have the technology on their planes, or only offer it on more modern aircraft. Out of those that have WiFi, some airlines offer complimentary wifi, whereas others charge for this service. Norwegian Air offer free in-flight wifi on all their flights. Airlines such as American Airlines, Delta, United and Air Canada all charge a price to use the WiFi. To find out more, visit our blog on the best airlines for Wi-Fi.
How much baggage am I allowed on transatlantic flights?
The amount of baggage you are allowed depends completely on the airline and often fare purchased, but transatlantic flights often offer larger luggage allowances than regional or domestic flights. Visit the individual airline page to find more information, or check your allowance when booking.
If you're unsure on what items you can bring in your carry-on and checked baggage, read our prohibited items blog, per TSA rules.
How long are transatlantic flights?
The duration of transatlantic flights depends completely on the route travelling, aircraft and conditions. Flight times are often quicker when flying west to east, because of the winds and the jet stream meaning the aircraft has optimum weather conditions. Here are some examples of the times for certain routes:
- London to New York : 8 hours
- Los Angeles to London: 10 hours 30 minutes
- New York to Paris : 7 Hours 20 Minutes
- Chicago to Frankfurt : 8 hours 20 minutes
- San Francisco to London : 10 Hours 25 minutes
- Miami to London : 8 hours 40 minutes
- Washington to Addis Ababa : 13 hours 15 minutes
- Sao Paulo to Luanda, Angola : 8 hours 15 minutes
Do transatlantic flights have power outlets?
Again, this depends completely on the airline you are flying with, the model of the plane for your flight, and sometimes the class travelling in. In some more modern planes, there is most likely plugs at your seats which you are able to use, however this is not always guaranteed. The planes used for transatlantic flights are often larger and more modern than those used for short-haul flights, so they are more likely to have power sockets, but this is not always the case.
On Alternative Airlines website, you can see the features of your flight, including power outlets. To view this, enter your route travelling into the Alternative Airlines search bar, and select your flights.
On the passenger details page, there will be a box like this which appears:
When you hover over this box, a box appears with all the features of that flight. You can see all the features, including power supply.
Do transatlantic flights have more room?
Generally, yes. Although the amount of legroom is completely dependent on the airline and plane flying in. However, Air France offer 31-34 inches of legroom in long-haul economy, but only 32-32 inches in short-haul economy. Similarly, KLM offer 31-35 for long-haul economy and 29-31 for short-haul economy. This increase of about 2 more inches in long-haul compared to short haul seem to be the case for other airlines, such as Lufthansa and Thomas Cook.
Do transatlantic flights leave at night?
Transatlantic flights don’t always leave at night, but there are benefits to travelling overnight. Red-eye flights are flights which leave at night and arrive early the next day. These flights are generally cheaper and mean passengers do not lose a working day. Click here to find out about red eye flights and what red-eye flights we offer at Alternative Airlines.
When should I book transatlantic flights?
There is no set time to book transatlantic flights, but check out our cheapest fare finder or read our blog on the best day to buy flights for information about where you can get the best deal on your transatlantic flight.
Why are transatlantic flights so expensive?
Transatlantic flights are often more expensive than domestic or regional flights, purely because they are longer, meaning more staff costs and higher fuel and maintenance expenses. However, they don’t always have to be so expensive, read our blog about the best days to buy flights and use our best fare finder to find a cheap alternative to traditional expensive transatlantic flights.
When did transatlantic flights become common?
Transatlantic flights became common in the 1970s with the introduction of widebody aircraft such as and the Boeing 747 and Douglas DC-10. These wide-body jets allowed airlines to carry more passengers and thus allowed airline to offer passengers more affordable prices.
Can I book transatlantic flights that are red eye?
Yes, you can book transatlantic flights that are red eye here on Alternative Airlines. Read more on our red eye flights page.
Why do transatlantic flights go so far north?
Transatlantic flights, in particular flights between Europe and the US, fly far north because it's the quickest and shortest route between the two destinations. U.S customers can choose to pay transatlantic flights over time with Affirm when booking with Alternative Airlines. UK customers can choose to use Fly Now Pay Later or PayPal Credit to spread the cost of their flights.
Are transatlantic flights turbulent?
Generally, transatlantic flights don't experience much turbulence at all. Routes flying near the Poles experience less turbulence than routes near the equator and the Pacific. Additionally, aircraft used on transatlantic flights are designed for long-haul travel and therefore are larger and more sturdy than aircraft used on short-haul and domestic flights.
Another reason for less turbulence on transatlantic flights is because of the lack of mountains in the North Atlantic. However, you're more likely to experience turbulence if you're flying to or from the West Coast, as you'll fly across the Rocky Mountains.