Long haul Flight to Melbourne from London

Hello Everyone,
I am new to this blog but I thought I would write about my flying situation as it is giving me a lot of anxiety.
I actually have two flights booked this year. The first is a two hour trip to Majorca with Monarch airlines. I am not too worried about this flight since I have flown with Monarch before and they were good. I am also aware that I will have Valium which tends to calm me for most of the two hours.
My main concern is in September I will be flying with Singapore Airlines from London to Melbourne via Singapore. I am so scared! This time I will be on my own. I hate the feeling of turbulence which I know is bound to happen on this flight because it is so long! I keep thinking the plane will go down. I don't like any movement on the plane which I know is irrational since a plane will move according to the air around it.
I really don't know what to do, it is putting me off going and I have wanted to go to Australia for years. I am so afraid of being afraid and the thought of a plane going down and being aware of that might just be too much for me to bear on such a long flight :(

I am also afraid of take off since it is so fast and noisy I wonder how the captain can possibly keep control of the plane? And what if theres a problem mid flight? Flying over the pacific means we cannot just divert to another country.
Has anyone else done this flight? Has anyone flown with Singapore airlines before?
I would really appreciate any information. Sorry for the rant!
Many Thanks


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Comment by Captain Keith on June 3, 2012 at 9:27am

Just a quick note...hoping there won't be any turbulence is a waste of time. Rather than hope, decide what you'll do if there is turbulence.

Wishful thinking is a natural thing to do but it doesn't achieve anything. Realistic thinking will help you to overcome your fear.


Comment by Joanna Whittle on June 1, 2012 at 10:16pm

Thank you Captain Keith for replying so quickly. My main concerns are just trying to stay calm during the take off and flight. And hoping there is no turbulence :(  I know I will do it but I just don't want to feel that horrible feeling of doom for the entire 23 hours! This website is amazing and Phoebes story has given me a great idea of what to expect. Fingers crossed 


Comment by Captain Keith on June 1, 2012 at 8:16pm


I have a course tomorrow so I'm a little busy...I will post a longer answer as soon as I can.

Meanwhile...whatever gives you the idea that it's difficult to fly a plane during the take off? London Singapore shouldn't take you over the Pacific. I've done the flight and it was one of those journeys where there was no turbulence for almost the entire time. Have a look at Phoebe's story.


ps  Rants are encouraged here!!


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