AirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2549 posts, RR: 6 Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
This may sound real stupid, but at AKL i have been noticing that many airlines have been arriving 50-70 mins early. Particualarly, MH and NZ from HKG.
Can anyone tell me why this is, and can it affect anything? ie...ATC telling them to wait before they can land.
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4170 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
Winds are favorable when going eastbound. That's why you have transatlantic flights arriving sometimes 1/1.5 hours ahead of schedule. When the tailwind is very strong it's not unusual for an airplane to land that early!
TurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
Not necessarily because of winds being favorable. Usually pilot plan the flight, and you take into account the wind, that is why on eastbound, at the beginning of the flight, when they announce the flying time, it's almost always less then on the westbound leg.
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1061 times:
airlines also add extra time into their schedule to offset possible delays and do damage to their on time statistics. If flying time is variable it makes sense to use the longest as everyone is generally happy when the arrives early rather than late.
Murf From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 976 times:
Here is my early arrival experience.
I flew United from AKL to LAX, we left 10 mins early and arrived almost an hour early. When we got to Los Angeles there were no gates available, so we had to wait 45 mins for a gate, then we had to wait for someone to tow us in cause the engines were shut down. We ended up being 5 mins late.