TrijetsRMissed
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Longest Holding Pattern

Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:20 pm

Just thought it would be an interesting thread to start. What flight was the longest holding pattern you have had?

Mine was on an AA MD-82 ORD-RDU during the summer of '93. After descending and being ''10 minutes from landing," we gained altitude and circled the skies for another 45 minutes before landing. There was a thunderstorm at the time and traffic got backed up.
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EGBJ
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:14 pm

For me it would have to be a 45 minute hold over London inbound to LHR. Not a bad thing at all as I got to see all the sites and captured some very cool air-to-air shots Big grin
 
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:12 pm

It was something around two hours circling above JNB because of thunderstorms in the area, sitting inside one of SAA's B747SPs...  Smile

... and on another flight to JNB, there was another wait for something between 60 and 90 minutes because of fog... that time, I was on Austrian's then still almost factory-fresh (one or two months after delivery) A340-300 OE-LAK...  Smile
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:57 pm

Well, I was flying CMB-LHR with UL (I originated in SIN). The flight had a departure time of 0245, or thereabouts. The captain said that take-off would be delayed an hour or so as our flying time was only going to be about 10.5 hours rather than the scheduled 12 or so. He also said that we'd probably just have to hold over London for a good while if we left on-time... So, we eventually took off. As we descending into LHR, low and behold, we had to wait as usual...
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TrijetsRMissed
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:05 am

Quoting Leskova (Reply 2):

It was something around two hours circling above JNB because of thunderstorms in the area, sitting inside one of SAA's B747SPs...

Hey that's not too bad! A little extra time to enjoy the SP.  wink 

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 1):
Not a bad thing at all as I got to see all the sites and captured some very cool air-to-air shots

I've always hoped to be put into a holding pattern over NYC for the same reason.
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Leskova
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:41 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 4):
Quoting Leskova (Reply 2):

It was something around two hours circling above JNB because of thunderstorms in the area, sitting inside one of SAA's B747SPs...

Hey that's not too bad! A little extra time to enjoy the SP. wink

I enjoyed that one quite a bit, though it turned out to be my longest CPT-JNB flight ever...  Smile ... but my hotel was just minutes from the airport, so it didn't really matter to me if we arrived at 19:00 or at 21:00... though I guess that the passengers continuing on to (I think) Zürich weren't quite as happy.

While it wasn't my first B747SP flight, it was my last... since I doubt that I'll ever have a chance to fly on one again...
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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:08 am

60-75 mins

Usual DEL scene
S2 in economy, from SIN - DEL
Economy was VERY comfortable with GREAT food

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RE: Longest Holding Pattern

Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:01 pm

about an hour, on MH, coming from kuala lumpur. It was the day LHR had 2 incidents, and there was a runway obstruction, i think it was a gulf air A330 stuck on runway/taxiway, and nother incident i cant quite remember. Was a beautiful day and got to see the good old sights of london from a birds eye view
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