Gut Rumbles

July 14, 2005

i may be wrong

Okay, I haven't researched it at all and a lot of people say that I am mistaken about the way planes fly from Savannah, Georgia to Australia. But when I worked for Kerr McGee, we had a sister plant in a place called Kwinana (I think) and it's out somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Australia. They have a TiO2 mine right beside the plant, and Australia has a LOT of "middle of nowhere."

Jennifer was scheduled to go visit there for some kind of Black Belt Six Sigma crap, and I remember DISTINCTLY seeing her travel plans. She flew from the US to Europe (Germany, I think), then from there to Thailand, then from there to Australia.

The home-leg of the trip was west all the way. I remember that because we were thinking about combining business with pleasure at the time. I could buy a ticket for myself and Quinton, stay in Jennifer's lodging at company expense and take another week of vacation to see the country when her work was finished.

The trip was cancelled, so we never went, but I remember seeing those travel plans. At least I THINK I do. Maybe I was hallucinating.

Anybody ever gone that way?


I know planes fly over the north pole from Chicago to Japan. It seems that currently, all flights from Atlanta to Austrailia go through LA, but that might just be since 9/11. I sure wouldn't want to have to fly over the land of the goat felching ragheads to go anywhere these days, unless I could flush in flight and drop a present on them.

Posted by: og on July 14, 2005 11:26 AM

Pretty much all direct US to Australia flights leave the US from LA and arrive at Sydney. If you're flying from the East coast of the US to the West coast of Australia
- where Kwinana is - flying via Europe makes as much sense.

I live close to Kwinana - it's a Southern suburb of Perth and there are a few mineral processing plants there - but the TiO2 mines feeding it are all quite a way away. Not the middle of nowhere, but close.

Posted by: squawkbox on July 14, 2005 12:37 PM

Warning: screaming brats on long flights over the Pacific may make you want to drag somebody off and shoot them. (Happened to me going to Japan.)

Posted by: Juliette on July 14, 2005 01:01 PM

When I was flying for Gateway 2000 in South Dakota, the route to the facilities in Japan and Malysia was Sioux City --> Minneaplois --> Tokyo and then Kuala Lumpur -or- Singapore, if is was a Malaysia trip.

That was the Northwest Airlines route. The IBM contractors on my team flew... Malaysia Air (?...some Asian airline) and went through Los Angeles.

Posted by: GORDON on July 14, 2005 05:34 PM

Thanks, Squawkbox. I didn't think I had lost my mind yet.

Posted by: Acidman on July 14, 2005 07:03 PM

The curiosity was killing me so I ran a few queries with the airlines that fly out of Savannah.

United will fly you to first to Chicago then straight onto Syndney.

Delta will fly you to Atlanta, then Seoul, S. Korea, then onto Aukland, NZ; they don't seem to fly to Australia

US Airways will fly you to Charlotte, NC, then to San Francisco, CA, then onto Sydney. They offer a second option which is to fly their sister company, United, and then it's the O'Hare route again.

Continental couldn't locate any flights and neither could Northwest.

American Airlines takes you to Dallas, then LA, then Sydney. They also offer an option where you can replace Dallas with Chicago.

So there you go. Three take you west, one takes you Midwest, but I can't tell which way it goes once the plane leaves Chicago.

Happy trails.

Posted by: Jaime on July 14, 2005 07:10 PM
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