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How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:00 am

How long have you just sat on the taxiway waiting to t/o In the annoying lineup. I've only waited about
45 minutes how about you ?

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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:07 am

1.5 hours. The plane in front of us decided to brake down as it was taking off after waiting for 45 minutes for its spot, and then it took that long to clear the plane off the runway.
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:14 am

I haven't had to wait TOO long in a line. But does taxi count? The longest taxi by far was at CDG. I was in a United 777 and we taxied to 26R. For anyone who's familiar with CDG, United's gates are on the opposite side of the airport. I swear...we were on the ground for half an hour after pushback. Once we got near the runway, there was a line of about three aircraft. I thought we were DRIVING to San Francisco!
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:34 am

Karl, you are a rather lucky man, and you obviously haven't visited LHR on a bad day.
On a Sunday afternoon two years ago I sat on the taxiway at LHR for 80 minutes. The BA 757 driver was generous enough to shut down the engines for two times 20 minutes. Other planes in the row must have done the same because the smell of burned kerosene was bearable most of the time.
And yes, a Concorde was waiting for the same time in another row on another taxiway.
I have often said that we don't need supersonic planes. Maybe soon we will need to have only supersonic planes, not to be able to travel faster, but to catch up on the delays.
I hate large hubs, but this time I had to attend a Saturday afternoon wedding in Teddington which is within walking distance from LHR, so there wasn't much choise. And I couldn't care less since it was a Sunday and I had nothing else to do. And I was on a non-stop flight to my destination - no connections needed.
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:41 am

Around 1 hour at HKG on a bad day.


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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 10:48 am

i guess I have been very lucky. One time while leaving PHX the queue for t/o for RWY 26R (now rwy 26) was 6 or 7 planes deep, luckily the line for 26L (now 25R) was empty, so we just taxied over to the other side and rolled. Which was also in a simulataneous t/o with an HP 757.

That same day we were delayed 15 minutes after an aborted take-off at CLE. We were in the hold pad for the 5's while 7 or 8 planes taxied past us for take-off.
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:05 am

Close to 5-6 hours!! Toronto snow storm of Janauary 1999. My family and I were returning home to YZF (Yellowknife) and had to go through Edmonton. The flight from New Orleans was 3 hours leaving so we arrived late into YYZ. When we boarded the captain told us that it we had to be de iced and there was about 50 or so aircraft in front of us (YYZ uses de icing bays) and that it was going to be a long wait. (It was around 7:30-8pm) The snow started to fall heavier and heavier and all but one runway was closed. It took us at least 3 hours to make it to the de ice bay when the captain told us that we were looking at 2 more hours, all the arrivals had to come in before they ran out of fuel! Air Canada served us well on board, and luckily enough we were on a 767 (and I feel sorry for those in the small RJ's and props or even single aisle aircraft) and in executive class.The plane was maybe half full so were could walk around and stretch. The showed us all the movies and short features, gave us pillows and blankets (everyone on board) drinks and they brought meals out to the aircraft. The must of topped the tanks, because I dont recall them gasing us up. Eventually we arrived all very tired into Edmonton, and stayed there a few days before we flew home. I hope not to experience that again for a while.
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:15 am

Atlanta - London, DL12 August 31st, 1998. We taxied out for runway 27R for takeoff in our MD-11, all comfortable. (By some miracle, we'd all been upgraded to Business Class on this flight, so we were happy and, more importantly, comfortable)

We left the stand and pushed back, taxying for 27R. We were 14th in line. Then one of those famous Georgia summer storms rolled in and they closed the airport. So we sat there, for about two and a half hours. OK, then the storm passed. Great! We thought. Not so. Those lovely people in the tower decided that the wind had shifted sufficiently that we should use the opposing runway direction. So it took another two hours to get all the airplanes (in the same order I might add) in the air in the opposite direction. So we landed in London four hours late. But at that point we were so blind drunk from being in Business Class that it didn't really matter. I feel sorry for the poor sods in Coach tho...

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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:35 am

My worst was on an especially windy morning at LGA. They were only able to use one runway for both arrivals and departures due to the wind, which caused major delays. We were about #35 for takeoff, and we didn't get off the ground until after our cheduled arrival time in Chicago!
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:41 am

I've waited about an hour and fifteen minutes for takeoff from ORD. It was an especially windy day (our A320 was rocking heavily on approach) and by the time our 8:15 departure to MSP rolled around, O'Hare had moved all operations to 4L and 4R. We were number 24 in line for takeoff for 4L, which got us off the ground at about 9:30pm.

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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 12:34 pm

I haven't ever waited that long.
I have waited on line for take-off for for about 8 minutes at DFW.
Also, in the above mentioned day, it took about 20 minutes at DFW from runway to the time the plane edged up to the gate.
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 3:56 pm

Mine was probably STL after a one of their afternoon thunderstorms. I cant remember what number we were but we were behind a sea of TWA jets making their departures. The wait was probably 1.5 hours.
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Tue Nov 14, 2000 9:29 pm


"Only" about half an hour at Washington Dulles in the evening.

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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Wed Nov 15, 2000 7:48 am

I have been lucky to not been in a long lineup ever after 30,000 miles of flying. The longest I had to wait was 30 mineuts at a remote part of LAX because our DC-10 flight from MSP was 20 mineuts early.
 
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RE: How Long Have You Waited In The Lineup

Wed Nov 15, 2000 8:03 am

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