|Quoting Icareflies (Thread starter):
To my surprise, after pushing instead of going toward the line behind a couple of TACA A320 planes, we went the opposite way to the runaway and took off from the other side compare to the other planes.
Why is that and how often does this happen?
|Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 4):|
-Sometimes, it's to make-up time, assuming you're headed back in the same direction that you just came in from. A good example is ELP, where a DAL-ELP flight might use 26L for landing, and 08R to depart back ELP-DAL.
|Quoting ABpositive (Reply 10):|
And you don't need to queue up behind all the other aircrafts!
|Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):|
Maybe the tower allowed them to do this to help the crew get back on schedule?
If the tailwind is less than 10 kts (the FAA jet limit), and you're closer to the departure end of a runway, you always ask for an opposite direction takeoff, if it will help you leave quicker, and it is practical (safety, ATC, etc.).
|Quoting Flykal (Reply 18):|
I guess if you are flying into small regional airports, that may be possible, but you don't 'always' ask for an opposite direction takeoff at major airports. In fact, I've never heard that being asked once