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How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup  
User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

How long have you just sat on the taxiway waiting to t/o In the annoying lineup. I've only waited about
45 minutes how about you ?

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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

1.5 hours. The plane in front of us decided to brake down as it was taking off after waiting for 45 minutes for its spot, and then it took that long to clear the plane off the runway.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

I haven't had to wait TOO long in a line. But does taxi count? The longest taxi by far was at CDG. I was in a United 777 and we taxied to 26R. For anyone who's familiar with CDG, United's gates are on the opposite side of the airport. I swear...we were on the ground for half an hour after pushback. Once we got near the runway, there was a line of about three aircraft. I thought we were DRIVING to San Francisco!

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7142 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Karl, you are a rather lucky man, and you obviously haven't visited LHR on a bad day.
On a Sunday afternoon two years ago I sat on the taxiway at LHR for 80 minutes. The BA 757 driver was generous enough to shut down the engines for two times 20 minutes. Other planes in the row must have done the same because the smell of burned kerosene was bearable most of the time.
And yes, a Concorde was waiting for the same time in another row on another taxiway.
I have often said that we don't need supersonic planes. Maybe soon we will need to have only supersonic planes, not to be able to travel faster, but to catch up on the delays.
I hate large hubs, but this time I had to attend a Saturday afternoon wedding in Teddington which is within walking distance from LHR, so there wasn't much choise. And I couldn't care less since it was a Sunday and I had nothing else to do. And I was on a non-stop flight to my destination - no connections needed.
best regards, Preben Norholm

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
User currently offlineGUNDU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Around 1 hour at HKG on a bad day.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

i guess I have been very lucky. One time while leaving PHX the queue for t/o for RWY 26R (now rwy 26) was 6 or 7 planes deep, luckily the line for 26L (now 25R) was empty, so we just taxied over to the other side and rolled. Which was also in a simulataneous t/o with an HP 757.

That same day we were delayed 15 minutes after an aborted take-off at CLE. We were in the hold pad for the 5's while 7 or 8 planes taxied past us for take-off.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Close to 5-6 hours!! Toronto snow storm of Janauary 1999. My family and I were returning home to YZF (Yellowknife) and had to go through Edmonton. The flight from New Orleans was 3 hours leaving so we arrived late into YYZ. When we boarded the captain told us that it we had to be de iced and there was about 50 or so aircraft in front of us (YYZ uses de icing bays) and that it was going to be a long wait. (It was around 7:30-8pm) The snow started to fall heavier and heavier and all but one runway was closed. It took us at least 3 hours to make it to the de ice bay when the captain told us that we were looking at 2 more hours, all the arrivals had to come in before they ran out of fuel! Air Canada served us well on board, and luckily enough we were on a 767 (and I feel sorry for those in the small RJ's and props or even single aisle aircraft) and in executive class.The plane was maybe half full so were could walk around and stretch. The showed us all the movies and short features, gave us pillows and blankets (everyone on board) drinks and they brought meals out to the aircraft. The must of topped the tanks, because I dont recall them gasing us up. Eventually we arrived all very tired into Edmonton, and stayed there a few days before we flew home. I hope not to experience that again for a while.

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Atlanta - London, DL12 August 31st, 1998. We taxied out for runway 27R for takeoff in our MD-11, all comfortable. (By some miracle, we'd all been upgraded to Business Class on this flight, so we were happy and, more importantly, comfortable)

We left the stand and pushed back, taxying for 27R. We were 14th in line. Then one of those famous Georgia summer storms rolled in and they closed the airport. So we sat there, for about two and a half hours. OK, then the storm passed. Great! We thought. Not so. Those lovely people in the tower decided that the wind had shifted sufficiently that we should use the opposing runway direction. So it took another two hours to get all the airplanes (in the same order I might add) in the air in the opposite direction. So we landed in London four hours late. But at that point we were so blind drunk from being in Business Class that it didn't really matter. I feel sorry for the poor sods in Coach tho...


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User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

My worst was on an especially windy morning at LGA. They were only able to use one runway for both arrivals and departures due to the wind, which caused major delays. We were about #35 for takeoff, and we didn't get off the ground until after our cheduled arrival time in Chicago!

User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

I've waited about an hour and fifteen minutes for takeoff from ORD. It was an especially windy day (our A320 was rocking heavily on approach) and by the time our 8:15 departure to MSP rolled around, O'Hare had moved all operations to 4L and 4R. We were number 24 in line for takeoff for 4L, which got us off the ground at about 9:30pm.


Create your own luck.
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

I haven't ever waited that long.
I have waited on line for take-off for for about 8 minutes at DFW.
Also, in the above mentioned day, it took about 20 minutes at DFW from runway to the time the plane edged up to the gate.

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User currently offlineStlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

Mine was probably STL after a one of their afternoon thunderstorms. I cant remember what number we were but we were behind a sea of TWA jets making their departures. The wait was probably 1.5 hours.

User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

"Only" about half an hour at Washington Dulles in the evening.


User currently offlineMSPman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

I have been lucky to not been in a long lineup ever after 30,000 miles of flying. The longest I had to wait was 30 mineuts at a remote part of LAX because our DC-10 flight from MSP was 20 mineuts early.

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2863 times:


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