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Arriving 50-70 Mins Early...  
User currently offlineAirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Hey guys,
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.

Does this hapen frequently around the World??

Cheers
Guys
Mike

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User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 861 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!


Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineEugdog From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 835 times:

I had a 40 minute early arrival for a Ryanair flight from "Venice" to London Stansted. The schedule flight was 2 hours! It helped when the flight took off 10 minutes early!!!

User currently offlineTurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 830 times:

Marco,

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.

Regards,
TB


User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 811 times:

But one of the main reason for flights arriving early into AKL from Asia would have to be favorable winds, right?


Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 756 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.

User currently offlineAirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 688 times:

Cheers Guys..Most appreciated!

Mike


User currently offlineMurf From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 671 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.

Murf.


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