'Time-travelling' flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

Tuesday, 02 Jan, 2018

It's plane insane: A flight that took off in 2018 ended up landing in 2017.

With fake news being named "word of the year in 2017" and intense use of this phrase in the outgone year, and as we entered the 2018 - a Hawaiian Airlines flight reminds us that time is also fake.

Thanks to the location of the global date line, Honolulu is 23 hours behind Auckland. Sweeney noted that the flight was originally supposed to take off at 11:55 p.m. NZDT on December 31 but because of a slight delay takeoff was pushed into the new year. It was scheduled to take off at 23:55 but instead took off at 00:05, perhaps to allow the flight crew time to ring in their first of two New Year's celebrations.

As pointed out on Twitter by Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter in Washington D.C., Hawaiian Airlines flight 446 took off in 2018 and landed in 2017. Another Auckland flight Air New Zealand's NZ40, bound for Papeete, in French Polynesia, took off at 10.25am on 1 January, arriving at 4.25pm on 31 December.