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User currently offlineDeltadude From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 135 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2528 times:

DL JFK - BCN.....6pm departure....over an hour on the ground waiting to take off....circling the taxi ways.....why?

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User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2494 times:

see 'heavy' departure separation...

This is not uncommon for JFK around dinnertime...in fact, I'd say it's normal. Throw in some T-storms near the field or unfavorable winds...I've waited much longer than one hour there...

But, It is cool to look out and see like 40+ heavies taxiing at the same time.

Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
User currently offlineDeltadude From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2478 times:

too bad I was in the middle of the plane.. good point though

User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 23 hours ago) and read 2417 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.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

On another note.........

I thought LAX would be bad but as soon as I'd passed through immigration, I walked out of Tom Bradley and straight into a cab.
Shortest taxi wait I've ever had.....  old 

User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29009 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 2377 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
User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1856 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

NRT around 6 o'clock looks disgusting. Well, maybe the condition have changed after the second rwy was completed but before, our aircraft had to wait for 2 hours after push-back to get airborne.

Here, one rwy is used for departures and arrivals and for all heavies. (mostly)

Flown on: DC-10-30, B747-200B, B747-300, B747-300SR, B747-400, B747-400D, B767-300, B777-200, B777-200ER, B777-300
User currently offlineVtdl From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 2339 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  spin 

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.

User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 21 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

BA DFW-LGW on a DC-10 in 1991. Because of thunderstorms in DFW and around north Texas, flight was on the taxiway for 3.5 to 4 hours.

Supposed to land at LGW at 730am and arrived at 11am!!

So, a 9 hour flight turned into a 13 hour flight!

Tort reform now. Throw lawyers in jail later.
User currently offlineCRJ200Mechanic From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 204 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 19 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

I just flew out of JFK about two weeks ago and waited on the taxiway for about an hour before we took off. Wasn't too bad

Always remember the responsibilies you hold with an A&P license
User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 18 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

A couple of years ago I was on a BA flight from JFK to LHR. Due to the snow we spent 6hrs circle the airport, waiting to be de-iced.

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