>>>No pinks for you!!!!
Such is life... Oh well, January 1st will be here soon...
I went back and checked, and PHL
was indeed in a big GDP due to the srong surface winds, with -average- delays of 143 minutes (2:23). The actual EDCT time on 1125 was such that he would have been just about 3:00 late.
By running 1125 LAX
nonstop and overflying PHL
. we were:
1/ Able to get the MHT
pax riding thru home without a 3 hour delay...
2/ Alble to get the PHL
folks home on a earlier MHT
flight that had also been caught up in the GDP and hadn't left MHT
yet. They actually made it home about 1:30 later than the ETA of their original ETA on flight 1125. In my book, 1:30 late is better than 3:00 late any day...
3/ Alble to keep the aircraft's sequence of flight's for the rest of the day on-time. The aircraft turned MHT
on arrival, and that and other flights down the line were also without a 3:00 delay.
4/ Able to create an open ATC slot at PHL, and along with others from some other cancellations, were able to run a slot substitution program to mitigate the EDCT times on other flights affected by the GDP.
The above is a great example of the dynamics involved with airline ops when weather/ATC hit the fan, with the underlying goal of minimizing the inconvenience to the fewest number of Customers possible.
DELAY ASSIGNMENT MODE: DAS
ARRIVALS ESTIMATED FOR
: 01/1600Z - 02/0359Z
PROGRAM RATE: 36
FLIGHTS INCLUDED: ALL
CONTIGUOUS US DEPARTURES
+CZY_AP) ZAB ZAU ZBW ZDC ZDV ZFW ZHU ZID ZJX ZKC ZLA ZLC
ZMA ZME ZMP ZNY ZOA ZOB ZSE ZTL
CANADIAN AIRPORTS INCLUDED: CYHZ CYOW CYUL CYYZ
DELAY ASSIGNMENT TABLE APPLIES TO
MAXIMUM DELAY: 918
AVERAGE DELAY: 143
REASON: WEATHER, WIND
REMARKS: GDP WILL BE
CONDITIONS WARRANT. USERS CAN
[Edited 2004-12-02 22:31:02]
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