Manifest was an ABC and later Netflix series about the passengers of Flight 828 who land after a turbulent but routine flight, only to discover that five years have passed in the world they left behind.
Those onboard the flight struggled to reintegrate into a society that had moved on without them, while also experiencing mysterious voices and visions, and uncovering what had happened to them.
On Friday I wrote about the five flights that take off one day, and arrive at their destination the previous day thanks to the international date line.
- Guam – Honolulu, 7:35am – 6:50pm-1, United 200
- Hong Kong – Los Angeles, 12:15 a.m. – 8:55pm-1, Cathay Pacific CX800
- Hong Kong – San Francisco, 12:55 a.m. – 9:00pm-1, Cathay Pacific CX872
- Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles, 12:50 a.m. – 5:50pm-1, ANA 106
- Hong Kong – Vancouver, 1:00am – 8:30pm-1, Cathay Pacific 888
United’s Guam – Honolulu Boeing 777 Allows Sleep In Business Class Before Repeating The Day
The first, Guam – Honolulu on United, actually would have allowed you to celebrate New Years Eve twice, in two different cities. Go out on December 31st in Guam, then catch an early New Years Day flight to Honolulu – arriving in Hawaii early enough on New Years Eve there to party again.
Reportedly people positioned themselves to do that – and United was promoting it. What’s more, the flight was even operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with lie flat Polaris business seats, making a nice recovery from the first set of celebrations possible in a flat bed over 7 hours and 15 minutes.
You only live once, but you can celebrate New Year's Eve twice!
UA200 departs Guam at 7:35 a.m. on January 1, 2024 and lands in Honolulu at 6:50 p.m. on December 31, 2023. pic.twitter.com/T3QY1ED9Bl
— United Airlines (@united) December 28, 2023
Unfortunately the United flight was delayed six hours out of Guam and passengers on board failed to land in 2023 – making it to Honolulu instead in the early hours of 2024.
Or, as One Mile at a Time put it, “United Airlines’ “Time Travel” Flight Lands In Wrong Year.”
Ironically, this is an exceptionally on-time flight. Weather is rarely an issue in Honolulu. There’s just not a lot of aircraft operations out of Guam getting in the way. And United has a real operation there, inherited from Continental Micronesia.
However the aircraft operating the flight was delayed nine hours for maintenance enroute from San Francisco then it was delayed even further – a total of 17 hours – enroute to Guam. And the plane was only set for a 12 hour overnight there, hence the remaining delay (it was on the ground in Guam for just two hours).