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Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 11:46 am

DL JFK - BCN.....6pm departure....over an hour on the ground waiting to take off....circling the taxi ways.....why?
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 12:06 pm

see 'heavy' departure separation...

This is not uncommon for JFK around fact, I'd say it's normal. Throw in some T-storms near the field or unfavorable winds...I've waited much longer than one hour there...

But, It is cool to look out and see like 40+ heavies taxiing at the same time.
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 12:23 pm

too bad I was in the middle of the plane.. good point though
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 1:20 pm

I think it was Independence Air, one of their flights was delayed on the taxiway for departure for over 4-5 hours!
And it returned to the gates until the last min call was to reboard since the weather improved at the last min.
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 1:35 pm

On another note.........

I thought LAX would be bad but as soon as I'd passed through immigration, I walked out of Tom Bradley and straight into a cab.
Shortest taxi wait I've ever had.....  old 
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 1:44 pm

And things actualy have improved at JFK over the years. During the Pan Am, TWA days it was not uncommon to have the evening European bank of departures spend 1-2hours taxiing before getting airborne.

Alot of JFK's operational issues deal with winds and the subsequent runways in use. The airport is often basically reduced to a two runway airport with either the 13/31s or 04/22s in use. At peak times, this often means only one runway is availble for departures, while the other is used for landings.
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 2:08 pm

NRT around 6 o'clock looks disgusting. Well, maybe the condition have changed after the second rwy was completed but before, our aircraft had to wait for 2 hours after push-back to get airborne.

Here, one rwy is used for departures and arrivals and for all heavies. (mostly)
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 2:23 pm

On a AA flight from MIA to DFW was delayed because of rain and flood at DFW. The plane taxi-ed to the end of the runway before it was pulled to the side and waited for about 2 hours. Do you know what the worst part was? We were sitting in the middle of a group retirees (returning from a cruise I guess) kept talking about their grand-kids, non-stop of course. It felt more like 4 hours to me  spin 

After the plane took off, the pilot said he got permission to fly over the Gulf of Mexico in order to make up sometime. The F/A stopped what they were doing and went over the floatation device instructions in mid-flight. That was interesting and the first time that I've seen this.
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 2:55 pm

BA DFW-LGW on a DC-10 in 1991. Because of thunderstorms in DFW and around north Texas, flight was on the taxiway for 3.5 to 4 hours.

Supposed to land at LGW at 730am and arrived at 11am!!

So, a 9 hour flight turned into a 13 hour flight!
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 4:47 pm

I just flew out of JFK about two weeks ago and waited on the taxiway for about an hour before we took off. Wasn't too bad
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RE: Longest Taxi Wait

Tue May 03, 2005 5:48 pm

A couple of years ago I was on a BA flight from JFK to LHR. Due to the snow we spent 6hrs circle the airport, waiting to be de-iced.

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