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-YVR) during the summer. Their 7x weekly (5x weekly NRT-YVR, 2x weekly NRT-YVR-MEX) is joined by 3x weekly flights on the NRT-YVR 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
TPE-YVR sector arrives, 9:50 and departs at 12:00 (ground time of 2hr 10 min)
LHR-YVR sector arrives, 18:35 and departs at 20:35 (ground time of 2hr)
HKG-YVR sector arrives, 13:40 and departs at 15:40 (ground time of 2hr)
NRT-YVR 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