I guess it is like the flights into BNE
that JAL operates during the Southern Hemisphere high season. The same situation happens with their flights (NRT
) during the summer. Their 7x weekly (5x weekly NRT
, 2x weekly NRT
) is joined by 3x weekly flights on the NRT
sector to make this routing, daily, or even two flights a day.
Now, my question is?
Is it cost cutting measures that JL
has the shortest ground time out of all the 747 flights that fly into YVR
? For instance, other 744 operations into the airport are
sector arrives, 9:50 and departs at 12:00 (ground time of 2hr 10 min)
sector arrives, 18:35 and departs at 20:35 (ground time of 2hr)
sector arrives, 13:40 and departs at 15:40 (ground time of 2hr)
sector arrives, 10:55 and departs 12:50 (ground time of 1hr 55 min) But this is more realistic because I have seen many instances where these flights are on time.
Now the amazing thing is the JL15/16 sector. This is a seasonal flight only during the two months in the summer on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays but they arrive at
13:25 and depart here at 15:05. That leaves a ground time of 1hr 40 minutes but the fact is that the int'l gates are so crowded at that time, that I have seen many occasions where they had to hold on the taxiway for 15-20 min and when they enter the gate, it is near 14:00 o'clock. Therefore, this flight is harldy ever on time. Also, with the recent JL
problems, I am worried if they are inspecting these planes properly if they only have such a short scheduled ground time.
Starting this year, they will deploy a 744 on this route opposed to the former 743 Resocha's/742/743 birds that used to come in. Does anybody know what kind of scheduling allow this free aircraft to fly 3x weekly into YVR
? And it is almost never on time, they can be like United and extend the BKK
flight time by 40 minutes or make a realistic schedule, can't they? If you know of any other crazy short ground-time international flights. (Flown by heavies) can you share a bit of info with me? Thanks
Hardly on time........ Japan Air 15
Flown on: DC-10-30, B747-200B, B747-300, B747-300SR, B747-400, B747-400D, B767-300, B777-200, B777-200ER, B777-300