VIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
About two years ago I was flying into Miami (MIA) and I noticed out of the window of the 757 I was in a American MD-11 being towed down a taxiway. At first i thought it was just a push-back, but then I noticed that there were passangers on the plane and the tug was towing the MD-11 towards the runway. I have heard of airline flying long routes of towing their airplanes out to the runway to save fuel wasted during taxiing, but that was a european airline (I don't remeber which one). I have two questions, first has anyone else seen this being done in the U.S. and which airlines. Secondly, what route would AA have out of MIA which would require towing out to the runway? Air France, BA, and Luftansa fly out of San Juan direct to europe, a longer flight than MIA to europe, and they don't tow their planes out to the runway.
PT-BRA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1185 times:
I LIVE IN MIAMI AND I SEE THIS QUITE OFTEN. THE PROBLEM IS THAT IN MIAMI THE LINE IS ALWAYS OF ABOUT 15 TO 30 MINUTES PER AIRPLANE, AND THE LONG FLIGHTS SOMETIMES HAS CALCULATED GAS, SO THEY RATHER TOW THEIR PLANES ALL THE WAY TO THE HOLDING POINT.