Airfinair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
Big thunderstorms in Chicago tonight have once again caused big delays at ORD. I've seen some interesting post-storm diversion flights on Flight Explorer, including UAL 317, a 733 from GYY (Gary, IN) to ORD, and AAL 9716, a 738 from MDW to ORD. Some other diversion cities include STL, MKE, IND, and even PIA (Peoria, IL) (Maybe United wanted to test out the facilities at GYY for future service )
ChiGB1973 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3322 times:
Probably IND too. Unless there is weather down there. Last time I was diverted there on TZ; AA, NW and UA had a lot of planes on the ground. I saw a UA 777 come in and stage near the international terminal. It was an awesome day for spotting at IND. I was on a TZ 737-83N refueling and watching all the action going on in Indy!
Vivavegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3022 times:
MKE got the following last evening:
AA - LAX, SFO, SJC - 738
UA - LGA - 733
JAL Cargo ANC - 742
All carriers do not have operations at MKE (non-mainline). YES, we have facilities for all the above aircraft and more if needed. Unknown if the bussed the passengers (1hr. 15min. bus trip to ORD) or if they just parked here for the two hour delay.
Look for lots more this weekend as a cold front is expected to stall out over Chicago/S. Wisconsin creating a constant stream of storms over the weekend. (taking off my amateur meterologist hat).
HlywdCatft From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
**Given that airlines prefer to divert to an airport which they already serve, I would suspect that GYY doesn't get that many diversions.**
Hmmm I don't know, Toledo sure gets a lot of DTW diversions when there is weather, mainly the Northwest international flights. Toledo is only served by Mesaba and Pinnacle in terms of Northwest, not mainline.
Airfinair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2895 times:
747firstclass - The two PIA diversions I saw last nite were AAL MD-80's, not sure of their origin. But given all these diversions, I would assume that the flights were originating out on the west coast. If fuel wasn't an issue, wouldn't these flights get put into a holding pattern?
BTW, ORD just got NAILED again within the last 20 minutes by more storms. 50mph winds, hail, lightning, with 50,000' plus cloud tops. (Cloud tops last nite were in excess of 60,000') As I work about 1/2 mile east of ORD, I noticed no take-offs about 15 minutes prior to the storms, but flights are leaving again now. More storms expected later today. The WX woes at ORD continue.....