I just went through four airlines (to end up flying on two) to get from Grand Rapids to Pensacola on Monday, June 14, 2004.
I was supposed to fly UA
from GRR to ORD
. That was delayed. Just as we were scheduled to take off, I get a call from NWA. My flight out of ORD
books us on DL
from GRR to ATL
. Then we got our bags back from UA
. Thanks, UA
! The DL
flight was due to leave at 7:05 PM
At 4:20, we check the DL
site for the flight. GRR to ATL
is cancelled. So, DL
rebooked us on CO
from GRR to CLE
, then DL
We board on time for the CO
flight to CLE
, but have a 20 minute ground stop due to TSRA at CLE
. Our DL
flight out of CLE
was delayed by 1.5 hours. Our DL
flight out of ATL
was delayed by 2 hours.
The moral of the story is, it doesn't matter what airline you're flying when it comes to TSRA and other bad weather. They all have their problems. ORD
is probably the worst due to all of the intersecting runways. I've had problems at MIA
, too. I know people who had very bad problems at MSY
seems to be pretty good to me, so far, but still, not without weather delays.
Airplanes are required to have a certain amount of reserve. They can only carry so much fuel, too. If they carry too much, then they might exceed the maximum landing weight of the aircraft.
AA777jr, as a pilot myself, I would never want to sit in an airplane with you, let alone if you're flying it. With that kind of attitude and knowledge, let me off! I'll walk.
Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land / former frequent flyer with 9 straight years being elite on NW/DL