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US Airways A330 Diverts  
User currently offlineKiffy From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 190 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

AWE740 diverted about an hour into its flight to Spain. My first question is does anyone know why she diverted and the second is why did she divert all the way back to PHL and not BOS, JFK, EWR, or BGR?

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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3704 times:
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If the problem doesn't require immediate landing (critical failure, medical,...) best to go back to base where qualified technicians and spare parts are available to intervene as soon as possible, as opposed to say, BGR, where everything has to be flown or driven in. An extra hour in the air can save you several hours on the ground waiting for repairs to even begin.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
If the problem doesn't require immediate landing (critical failure, medical,...) best to go back to base where qualified technicians and spare parts are available to intervene as soon as possible, as opposed to say, BGR, where everything has to be flown or driven in. An extra hour in the air can save you several hours on the ground waiting for repairs to even begin.

Also makes it easier to reroute passengers when you return to one of your major hubs. And if the flight has to be delayed until the next day, some passengers can go home rather than being put up in hotels.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8893 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

Mechanical issue. Passengers were put on another plane out of PHL and went from there. Much easier to do everything logistically from the main hub, as you need to recrew and get another plane; going elsewhere if not needed means ferrying that plane up to BOS/BGR/etc., and swapping there - becomes more of a hassle logistically. Not to mention easier to fix the plane at PHL than elsewhere.

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