|Quoting B737900ER (Reply 238):|
I would agree with you if this happened everyday. But the reality is it doesn't. And except for the last few years where the jet stream has dipped south for an extended period of time, diversion rates are not that high. The last few winters have been historic. Rational decisions are made with long term data. We are using very short term data to feed the outrage here. Which is typical, just look at Twitter.
19 times out of 31 last January is "nearly everyday" at least more often than not, but already a 10% rate of diversions should move the airline to include an advisory comment at the time of booking. The great circle distance TXL-EWR is 3,458 nm and that is on the edge of the range for a 757-200Wl.
Icelandair on their west east flights stops at around 3,250 nm to be sure of not having to take fuel stops.