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Longest Time In Holding Pattern?  
User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so. From what I remember we had an especially strong tailwind and arrived early.

What was the longest time you have sat in a holding pattern?

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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4769 times:

Mine would've been coming into IAD from UA SFO-IAD early Jan. There had been some weather problems earlier, and inbound traffic was quite backed up.

We did quite a few figure-8 patterns around the airport for close to 30 minutes before finally being cleared to land. Luckily, I was in a 777 so I didn't mind too much.  Smile

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3826 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4736 times:

About an hour - EDI-SOU on BA CitiExpress due to adverse weather conditions. After one go round and a second attempt we diverted to Birmingham about 100 miles away.
Quest For £100 Note: BA SOU-EDI-(SOU)BHX (w/ Pics) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 28 2005 in Trip Reports)

Also had a rather long hold coming back from CPT a couple of months ago. We circled somewhere over SE London and the again to the west of the airfield. The cabin had been secured for landing so PTVs were stowed which meant I was completely disorientated. My curiousity got the better of me and I ended up getting it out again very discretely.
BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Radelow (Thread starter):
I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so.

It is so inevitable on the US-UK that this happens. You arrive early but never make it out the airport any quicker due to:
-ATC weren't expecting you so you circle somewhere over the outskirts of London as it is too busy to fit you in.
-Terminal Ops aren't expecting you so there are no gates available so you end up being parked on a remote stand
-What you've arrived early? We'll need to send busses...but they are dealing with other flights

On a few flights out of IAD projected crossing time has been faster than scheduled so the pilot informed up BA Ops asked for the aircraft to sit on the stand for 40 mins killing time! One time a number of passengers grumbled about it but the fact is they are going to be on the aircraft for the same amount of time either way whether it be in the ground or in the air or a holding pattern...

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User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4714 times:

The longest for me was sea-sfo we were in holding for about 45 min's.

User currently offlineGrinddalSK340 From Denmark, joined Apr 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

An hour or so on SIA From SIN to CPH due to Blown tire on Sk Aircraft on Runway

also didn't mind as it was on a 772ER  Smile  Silly  Silly

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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2626 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4704 times:

About a year ago we held near MCI for an hour due to thunderstorms in the area. We ended up diverting to STL for fuel, then returned to MCI. I didn't mind because I was on a DL 732, most likely my last 732 flight before they are retired.

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User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

An early morning LHR arrival from ACC was when I had the longest. We circled around for about 45 minutes before comming in to land. It was quite interesting because there were quite alot of aircrafts also in pattern and you could see them all going round in the pattern. I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.

User currently offlineJetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

45 minutes trying to get into Heathrow in an A321.

User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4652 times:

Some 5 years ago, coming back from ARN to MXP we had to hold a pattern for some 30 minutes. Captain reported bad weather on ground and in fact landing was quite bumpy with strong gusting winds.
A/C was an M82 and I remember my hears seemed to explode, I hate flying in those machines!!


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3460 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4649 times:

JFK last summer, after an airport system malfunction, there were 40 aircraft in front of us. Took about an hour to finally take-off. This was a SONG flight JFK-SFO.


User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4642 times:

About 30 mins EGCC-EGLL over BNN as we had a delayed departure due to the WX (a/c struck by lightning) and ended up arriving in the rush hour :O

Odd I've never been in a holding pattern for more than 30 mins :S

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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1177 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

About 15 years ago flying into YYZ on Air Canada B767. In a hold pattern over Lake Ontario for about an hour. Thunderstorms were all around the area, the sky was just about green and there were miserable dark clouds and lightening was visible all around. Most of the flight had been pretty rough, but the hold pattern combined with turbulence and looking out the window at the rotten sky while flying over the water was more than I could take and I threw up several times. It may have only been 50 or 60 minutes, but it seemed like it would never end!


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User currently offlineBA1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

About an hour or so, waiting to get into LHR along with all the other early morning traffic

There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offlineScott0305 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 days ago) and read 4554 times:

Quoting LouA340 (Reply 6):
I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.

Had a similar situation while holding for about 30 mins coming into LHR after the daytime flight from IAD on a BA 777. It was dark by that time and you could see a whole load of other aircraft in the pattern, lights flashing, then suddenly, as we're making a turn a BA 763 a step lower than us came around right next to us making the same turn but tighter. You could clearly make out the BA livery and the fact it was a 767. Many people let out a gasp as they saw it and the captain came on and said not to worry, ATC had it all under control!

User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 days ago) and read 4552 times:

Coming into LHR from JFK last year in a United 777 we were told by the captain that we would expect to be in a holding pattern for about 45 minutes. Luckily it turnes out we were only in the pattern for about 25 minutes.
Last weekend also we were in a holding pattern for about 15 mins outside LHR coming in from MAN in a BA A319.

Lawrence  Wink

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User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

On PBI-CVG, we sat in the holding pattern at CVG for a good hour and fifteen minutes before diverting to LEX. We then spent another 45 minutes on the way back to CVG, and just barely made the connection to SEA. Good thing for the long layover!

From YVR
User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

Several years ago, flying FLL-CLE during a whiteout, we held for an hour and a 1/2 (!!!!) on a 735...decided to put us down in CLE, after we landed they reclosed the airport, we were the ONLY a/c at the airport...was wierd to see it empty-but once we got off the a/c...the terminals were beyond packed. was crazy. it took me almost 4 hours to make the 30 mile trip home the weather was so bad. GLAD TO LIVE IN ORLANDO NOW!! no snow.

User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

Well...self imposed: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Airline imposed: 1.5 hours trying to get into ATL in a CRJ.


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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

JNB-IAD via ACC. We were in a holding pattern at IAD for about 50-60 minutes. I have never been that long in a holding pattern, even at LHR.



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User currently offlineDENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 23 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

Longest holding pattern was for 35 minutes on a UA flight DEN-EWR B757... never experienced one before so it was kinda exciting.

Most recently we were on hold for about 20 minutes outside of London on a VS JFK-LHR B747-400.

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