Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3042 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11171 times:
A few years back when ATC was inefficient with the opening of the new runway at NRT, we were No. 10 for take-off. With all the heavies in front of us plus some arrival traffic, it took about 30 minutes for the line to dwindle down for our turn. I have been to ORD and have been in some lengthy lines in the teens but since its mostly smaller jets, less spacing, so less wait.
I am sure somebody's got a large number for waits. Want to share any stories?
Wannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 681 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11082 times:
Years ago at I boarded a late afternoon Delta flight from LGA to ATL. LGA had been shut down twice that day due to severe thunderstorms. We left the gate about an hour late, which seemed ok until we were told from the cockpit that we were number 47 for departure. We were on the ground for 2 1/2 hours before we took off. Nice flight.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1449 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11056 times:
April 26,04 PHL-YYZ on an Jazz Dash8.
Weather in PHL was horrible with strong winds, heavy rain and low visibility. We taxiied for about 30mins all over the airport as ATC switched runways twice. We ended up being 18th for departure and another 40mins later we were finally airborne to YYZ. Total of 1hr 10mins from pushback to wheels up! I did get a pic as we came out of the storm clouds over BUF though. (shameless plug )
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10964 times:
I mentioned this before on this site, but we ran into a lot of delays leaving out of LAX about 3 years ago due to Santa Ana winds that kept gusting and then dying down. We were suppose to take off from 25R and were 10th in line. I counted five planes taking off and then nothing for about 20-30 minutes. The captain announced that winds had increased to unsafe levels for 25 and 24 takeoffs, and that the airport was waiting it out. 20 or so minutes later, they turned everything around and I watched the other planes in front of us taxi back up the runway and then we turned too. There were like 20 or so planes waiting behind us. However, we pulled into the maintenance area just east of the Skywest area and waited about 45 minutes or so. When we finally moved again, all the planes were gone and we taxied out to 7R on the opposite side of the airport for take-off. Not sure why we had to wait. We were on a 744 to DEN, but another 744 of Korean had taxied past us and didn't have to wait.
All told, about 3 hours after pushback, we finally took off...but due to our missed connection at DEN, had to wait another 3-4 hours until the next flight to DSM, during which time a snowstorm rolled in.....keeping us in DEN til around 12AM or so (after arriving from LAX around 5 PM).
PER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10934 times:
About 4 and a half years ago my QF flight LHR-SIN missed its departure slot after pulling back late. We have to wait about 90 minutes for a new one. Although not the worst on here, the fact I was in the middle of flying YUL-LHR-SIN-PER made it feel longer.
PilotGirl From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10730 times:
About 4 years ago I was a departing DFW after a thunderstorm that delayed many morning flights. We were about 25th in line for takeoff.
Fortunately, the a/c departing was a 777, followed by a turbo-prop. Due to the wake turbulence separation of these two a/c, the tower looked for the nearest jet available to slip into the gap. We, at position 25, were the only ones at a suitable intersection ... so we jumped 25 a/c for immediate takeover. That was a lucky day!
B777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10701 times:
Looks like I got all of you beat. My brother and I were on an Eastern A300 from ATL-EWR years ago. We pushed back and taxied over to a remote part of the field. The captain came on and said that due to all the NY area airports being shut down due to bad wx, ATC had us in a ground stop. 20 mins turned into an hour which turned into another hour. EAL could not bring us back to the gate and they were all full due to the traffic backlog. So we sat and sat. I got up to use the lav and through the open cockpit door (back in the good old days of the 80's when the doors stayed open till takeoff) I could see what later I found out to be a Delta L1011 in the same situtation as us. The FA's served the meals to us and put on a movie. After that, they swapped the first class movie with the coach one (back when it was just one big screen in the front) and both cabins got to watch both movies. 8 hours after pushback, we finally got a gate and went back in, restocked beverages, fuel, etc... We finally took off for EWR. All told, it was a 12hr flight from the first pushback at ATL to arrival at EWR.
Speedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10655 times:
During a particularly bad storm at EWR during Spring Break 2000, I was heading back to school in Florida. The weather had been pretty ominous all evening and by about the time that my plane pushed back from the gate, the snow really started to come down. The captain announced that before we could take off, we would need to be deiced first - we were something like number 25 for deicing. After this process was over, we taxied for a little while and then the captain announced we were something like number 35 for take off. We sat on the taxiway barely moving for about an hour and a half. The captain then came on and said that because the International Flights needed to make their arrival windows, ATC had been giving them priority to leave, hence the delay. The worst part was that we had been waiting so long, we had to go back and get deiced again. All in all, it was about 5 hours that we spent taxing around, waiting and being deiced. All for a flight that should have taken about 2 and a half hours. Seven and a half hours later we finally landed in Tampa.
I was happy to get a phone call from Continental the next day as the apologized for the ordeal we had been through the day before.
This was the most nervous I have ever been on an airplane. Many of the passengers were outraged at the delay. Some were cursing and shouting at the flight attendants, others were demanding that we be taken back to the gate.
Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10643 times:
UA 777-222 IAD-SFO Number 43.
Just as we were boarding the clouds started to climb over the hills. Boarded and pushed ASAP as our pilot was clearly in a hurry. We got in line and he told us of our spot in the "parking-lot" and that if we all wanted to go out shopping or get a bit to eat that the bus would still be there (chuckle chuckle). We waited about 2hrs in line and gave up b/c some @$$ up front had a "medical emergency" in his family and made us taxi back to the gate to allow him to get off. (Wonder how he found this info out once we were on the tarmac and I didn't hear anything over CH.9... We then had a passenger who smuggled his dog onto the a/c in a bag who had to get out to pee so the pilot had to go out and let it do its thing. We pushed again and the f/a came running up the aisle. Turns out we had NO ice and no cups left due to the beverage service during our wait. Another 15 min to get someone who could help us back in. An hour passed and then we had to wait for a tug. At that time it had cleared up and he went right for the runway. I have never made SO many alt. changes in flight in my life! I have never been able to get out of IAD on time. And every time its due to weather.
IDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10448 times:
Why not? Back in the 90's, flight was AZ601 JFK/MXP, operated with a B747. JFK scenery was dramatic: low clouds, poor visibility and strong, gusting winds from south. It was peak hours (18-20) and due to wind conditions only rwy 22L and 22R were used.
We were No. 36 for take off and it took 1h and 50 mins to finally reach for the sky....
On the same flight, while over the Atlantic, I was allowed to take a short visit in the cockpit and the Captain told me that the longest line he experienced was No.71! Always at JFK...
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 685 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10308 times:
Back in the early 80's at JFK, we actually had a 74 departing for BRU leave the gate and taxi to our hangar area where he shut down engines, started up the movie and fed all of the passengers. Took a total of 4 hours. We were so backed up with arrivals coming in that we had no gate space at all. In 1986, I was on one of our 74's going from JFK to MIA. The 31's were in use. After we pushed back, we started out and turned RIGHT on the inner taxiway. This meant we were going to have to circle the entire airport before reaching 31L. Sure enough, we were #74 for takeoff. We finally took off 10 minutes AFTER we were to arrive at MIA.
ATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10185 times:
Good lord. I think that takes the cake. So basically, you're saying never to take a PanAm 74 out of JFK ever again?
Most of my delays have--in some way--surrounded ATL. Last May, on an FL 712 ATL-DAY, we pushed back from the gate at Councourse C only to come to a dead stop after we spooled up the engines and made the turn to head toward the runway...the line stretched down the taxiway from the 26s (L&R) all the way back toward the Councourse C ramp area (I think between C and D)...we were 15th in line, and we were departing in around 5pm as the bank of evening arrivals/departures was just getting busy...so 40 mins later we finally rumbled down 26L.
I've also experienced this at ORD and DFW several times...DFW's were mainly because of summer thunderstorms coming through the Metroplex, and ORD was due to high traffic volume and wind...
"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 685 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10161 times:
The worst times at JFK were after Reagan fired all of the PATCO controllers. We had all kinds of delays. The biggest problem was that our inbounds were arriving, but the TransAtlantic departures were being spaced out to 40 mile entrail separation, so they were held on the gates. When we finally got up to #5 inbound holding for a gate, I made the decision to push off the departures and take them down to our hangar area to await a slot, which took up to 4 hours. Another thing that we tried successfully was to file a flight plan out of JFK to go overhead BDA instead of up the North Atlantic tracks. Once airborne, we would ask for a refile and head up north with little or no delay. Those were the days of really flying by the seat of you pants.
ISP From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9337 times:
Last night at PHL on a DASH-8 PHL-LGA.
We push from the gate, and stop about 5 minutes later.
"Uh, evening folks, uh from the flight deck right now we're number 23 for take off" (groans in the cabin)
"Well, just be thankful it is nice out this evening, number 23 on a rainy day here in PHL would usually mean a couple hours. We should have ya in the air in about 45 minutes though. Thanks for your patience."
Pizzapolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8794 times:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday this year I was on a DFW-JFK AA flight on a 757. It was about 1 pm and there had been a ground hold for strong storms which made the line very long to begin with. Then the winds changed making all 30-35 planes taxi at once down the runway to the other side and meet up with more planes down there. We were like 40th in line and waited a total of 1 hour 45 minutes from pushback to takeoff. We finally cut the line and took off midfield. Thank god.
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