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The Longest Wait On The Tarmac  
User currently offlineDoug From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 853 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

what was the longest time you had to wait for your turn to takeoff,mine is 50 minutes at lga eastern flight to mia


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User currently offlineBoeing 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

50 minutes? That's nothing compared to how long I had to wait for T/O at LHR. In the summer of '91, my family and I ended up waiting 90 minutes to take off on an AF A300B4 flight to CDG! That's longer than the normal flying time between those two European airports - about an hour's flying time.

I also had to wait about an hour and 20 minutes sitting in an AC A319 from boarding to take off at YYZ for YEG in June '99!


User currently offlineAdrian2712 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

My worst case was 45 minutes but it was after the flight. It was an IND-ORD on AA. We arrived 30 minutes early (they are planning 65 minutes for a 32 minute flight) and were at the gate with 15 minutes delay. The waiting time was spend in a dark area of the tarmac.
We had to run to take the last AF flight to Paris and were close not to find anybody at the desk.


User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

My longest wait on the tarmac was in Detroit January 99 during the snowstorm. We arrived at about 3:30pm and didnt get off the plane until about 9:45pm, it was on a DC-10, It wasnt as bad as some people had it (peeing in cups) but the flight attendants were on their last nerve and they were yelling at everyone, it was horrible.

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Well mine was 2 hours at MSP on a NW A320. We had mechanical probelms, and finally got up and into MCO a little over 2 hours late. Last summer I waited 45 min in ATL on a DL L1011, but that's normal at ATL haha.

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

Well, it was a BA flight from LHR-SEA-YVR in 1988 or 1989, I don't quite remember. Everyone borded the plane, but Heathrow had controller problems and we were parked at the gate for 10 hours! My family and I fell asleep.

As for waiting for take-off...We've had a few long waits at JFK. But one at EWR comes to my mind. SAS EWR-ARN in 1995 -- 45 minutes.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Well, this is not the longest, but when I flew on a short flight from MSY to IAH last year on CO we waited over an hour. Not in line - we were "on hold". The "hold" came down after everyone had boarded & pushed back. The capt. just moved over to an empty area and shut off the engines!!!


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineDLMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

In late 1998 I was coming back from ATL to LGW for the latter half of the fall term at school in the UK.

I was on DL12 (early) flight supposedly departing at 18:00. Anyone who knows ATL will know that at 18:00 there is a serious traffic jam every night.

Anyway, we pushed back on-time. We then taxied to the taxiway for runway 27R - along with the (I think it was) 15 aircraft ahead of us for this runway alone. A few minutes later, while #15 for takeoff, a huge typical-Georgia thunderstorm rolled in and they closed the airport - so we were stuck on the tarmac.

The storm lasted for about an hour and a half, and when it stopped we thought we would be off relatively fast. Wrong! The airport then decided that they wanted to change ends of the runway! - so all the aircraft had to taxi, back-track and just about any other method to get to the other end of the runway - in the same order as they were before - we were still #15 for take-off!!! Eventually we took off at 22:45 - four hours and forty five minutes late!!! Bless the weather!



DLMD-11.


User currently offlineDC-10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

My longest wait was in ATL headed to LAX....We were on a ground hold...we pushed back started up the engines and than sat for well over an hour. I didn't know what was going on....They told us eventually that it was infact a ground hold..It was awful, every 10 minutes or so we'd lurch forward the distance of the length of plane. though i must say i would much rather sit and wait on a Tristar than in the airport.


User currently offlineDfw-man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Mine was going from dfw to lax we were 18th in line for take off from dfw the wait was about 90 minutes because of bad weather

User currently offlineBizclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

The longest wait on a plane was 3hrs and 15 minutes in Detroit on a NW 757-200 while they tried to find a back up flight crew. The longest tarmac wait was at YEG last summer during a thunderstorm similar to the ATL story, we waited 1 hr and 40 minutes. We went back and forth to each end of the runway twice. Luckily there were only 4 planes. I was on a Canadian 737-200 headed for YVR, there was a MartinAir 767-300, an Air Canada DC-9 and an Air BC Dash 8.

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

They decided to change ends of the runway after the thunderstorm because that storm was probably on a cold front, which ushered in a change of wind direction.

Happens frequently in the south you know.



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Longest wait for me was on a CO Express ERJ-145 from EWR to BHM. We had pushed back from the gate and we were immediately put on a weather hold. Normally planes go out of Newark once a minute. The pilot told us that the controllers were only letting one plane out every five minutes.

We lurched along for about an hour. After this we sat in one place for another hour (the pilot shut off the engines at this point). After this the weather hold was letup and we waited in line like normal and finally took off after another 30-45 minutes.

What made it bad was being stuck in the tiny little fuselage of the ERJ-145. It was a bit claustrophobic, it made it worse that the plane was packed. But we got through it okay.


User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2620 times:

My longest wait was at DEN on a Frontier Flight to ABQ. The wait was about 40 minutes and all i saw taking off was United, United, United, and United, and one ATA and a few other Frontiers.

User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
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Mine was for 1 hr after we arrived in DFW ( MD-80 ) it was really stormy, so we had to wait for the delayed planes to move around, and get out of our gate, then we were surrounded by planes that were waiting like us also...... a 757, 727 and 2 md80s so we had to wait more for them to move so we could... it was okay though, cuz they brought drinks and there were only 25 people on the whole plane so i had 3 seats to myself that i could sleep on..
-AA777


User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2603 times:

Years ago, I sat on a Delta 757 at LGA waiting to go to ATL. Two thunderstorms had closed the airport, one in the late morning and one in the early afternoon. After we backed out from the gate, our pilot told us we were #38 for takeoff. He had the FA's serve a full dinner and show a movie. Just before we took off, he told us we were the first in Delta history to have an in-taxi movie. Total time on the ground - 3:10.

User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Years ago, I sat on a Delta 757 at LGA waiting to go to ATL. Two thunderstorms had closed the airport, one in the late morning and one in the early afternoon. After we backed out from the gate, our pilot told us we were #38 for takeoff. He had the FA's serve a full dinner and show a movie. Just before we took off, he told us we were the first in Delta history to have an in-taxi movie. Total time on the ground - 3:10.

User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

June 1997 in DFW on AA 767-300 enroute to FRA. The A/P was closed for one hour then we waited in the take off quoue for three hours!

P.s i was sitting in the middle seat in coach!!!!!!

Rgds
Amir


User currently offlineAirforce1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

2.5 hours at O'Hare but lucky for us we were bumped up to First Class on one of United's DC-10s so we had drinks, food, tv and plenty of room to move around.

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

I want to dissappoitn Dazed767. In ATL I had the shorter wait for t/o: 11 minutes being #20... In Barcelona, it is normal to wait 11 minutes for T/O when you are number... 6!!! They allow no less than one minute between movements, specially when T/Os are made from rwy 20 and ldngs to rwy 25 (they cross each other) Until Hartsfied, I had never seen separated parallel rwys for T/Os and ldngs, and two consecutive movements every 30 seconds!!!
Anyway: Whoever wants to have a great leisure time in an a/c, just fly between wherever you want from and wherever you want to, with an only and easy condition: with stopover in MAD. It is THE WORST airport of Europe. Yeah! They want it all in there, all central, no around. But they have 3 rwys there and still can't manage to do anything on time. There's NO WAY to have planes departed form Madrid on the scheduled hour. My worst: I was on an M11, VP 784 flying SSA-MAD-BCN. We had a 50-minute stopover at MAD. An italian man lost his connection from Barcelona to Italy. Guess why: when we had already lost 1h40 at MAD, the pilot notified us that we would still have another "at-least-40-minute" delay. At last we were in Madrid for 2h45...

Best turbulences.


User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Mine was about 35-45 minutes.

Our Thai A300-600 from Dps (denpasar Bali) to BKK got mechanic problems after puch back, and therfore taxied back to gate were it stands for about 35-45 min.

It wasn't bad, because the friendly Fa's of Thai served drinks and snack all the time.  (thai takes care about the pax)

Tg 747-300 Norway



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User currently offlineFlyinIllini From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Well, I won't win the battle of the longest wait, but I think I can compete for the most miserable. 1:30 on AW A320 in PHX, in August, at 3 in the afternoon. We were told that we were waiting on the Captain who was called in after a last minute switch from a 75 to the A320. If any of you are not familiar with Phoenix in August at 3 in the afternoon, the temp. was 109 and the sun was mercilessly frying the pavement. I would estimate the temp. on the tarmac at over 120 easy. First time I have seen a ground crew, all of them, with popcicles in their mouths while they worked, no joke. Needless to say the APU was not doing squat. I saw 10-15 people escorted off the plane, mostly elderly, only to return when the Captain finally finished his planning and boarded with apologies. How sweet.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

A lot of these experiences were actually classified as delays - ie. mechanical / weather problems.

The longest I have ever waited on the tarmac was on a LHR-BKK-KUL flight on a (then) new Boeing 747-400 with British Airways. The aircraft touched down at Kuala Lumpur's old International Airport (now renamed something else) and due to the airport having only one taxiway which ran along the single runway - it took us 40 minutes to get to our gate - which was only back at the other end of the runway (where we touched down)!

This was a sure sign that the old International Airport was bursting at its seams...as the entire taxiway which was the length of the runway was blocked by other aircraft awaiting their gates to become free.

The strangest thing then happened the time I flew into the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport - at last vast acres of taxiways as far as the eye could see - but as I arrived on the inaugural British Airways flight into the new airport (on its opening day) we were all treated to a tour of the new airport complex - the taxi this time took about 20 minutes - weaving in and out past all the gates, the cargo area and the satellite terminal - only to return back to the satellite gate next to the runway - the tour was quite nice though!


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