777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 880 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
I think it was Independence Air, one of their flights was delayed on the taxiway for departure for over 4-5 hours!
And it returned to the gates until the last min call was to reboard since the weather improved at the last min.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27459 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
And things actualy have improved at JFK over the years. During the Pan Am, TWA days it was not uncommon to have the evening European bank of departures spend 1-2hours taxiing before getting airborne.
Alot of JFK's operational issues deal with winds and the subsequent runways in use. The airport is often basically reduced to a two runway airport with either the 13/31s or 04/22s in use. At peak times, this often means only one runway is availble for departures, while the other is used for landings.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Vtdl From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2243 times:
On a AA flight from MIA to DFW was delayed because of rain and flood at DFW. The plane taxi-ed to the end of the runway before it was pulled to the side and waited for about 2 hours. Do you know what the worst part was? We were sitting in the middle of a group retirees (returning from a cruise I guess) kept talking about their grand-kids, non-stop of course. It felt more like 4 hours to me
After the plane took off, the pilot said he got permission to fly over the Gulf of Mexico in order to make up sometime. The F/A stopped what they were doing and went over the floatation device instructions in mid-flight. That was interesting and the first time that I've seen this.