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Earliest departures/arrivals

Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:25 pm

Today, American Eagle (Envoy) 3511 from ELH to MIA departed 48 minutes ahead of schedule. There must've been a small load of pax who were all already there.

This made me think about other early departures/arrivals I've seen. Last week, the headwinds across the US were quite light, allowing westbound flights to get in quite early. One STL-SLC flight on Delta slotted in 61 minutes ahead of schedule!

So what're the earliest departing/arriving flights you've seen or been on?
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:16 am

Arriving at destination before scheduled departure time.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:38 pm

I was just looking at LHR arrivals on FR24 and they show ANA flight from HND due LHR at 1535 arrived at 1416, 79 minutes early. A long flight so perhaps not that excessive - and I know from past experience flights from the far east to LHR often arrive 30/45 minutes early.

Meanwhile BA 1449 from EDI arrived 36 minutes early on a flight that was scheduled for 90 minutes.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:43 pm

I've done flights where I was at home before scheduled arrival time, without chasing the times. (shorthaul) And I have a 40 minute journey. Not that the schedules were excessively lean but when the domino's work in our favour it can happen. Ultimately it's gonna cost me money as I get paid by the block hour. But the family was happy so...
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:02 pm

Slightly off topic, but red-eyes from SAN tend to have scheduled departures a bit earlier than other west coast cities, even when it's not really close to the curfew time.

I have been the first arrival of the morning from SAN into ORD, BOS, EWR, and ATL.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:49 pm

I was on an Azul flight within Brazil last year that the left the gate 30 minutes late.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:57 pm

Woodreau wrote:
Arriving at destination before scheduled departure time.

That’s practically a daily occurrence on ATL-BHM/HSV/MGM. Sometimes even ATL-BNA during COVID.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:25 am

Done a lot of SFO to Europe flights where have arrived up to 2 hours early if the winds are strong behind us.
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:12 am

The time that sticks out to me was several years ago when I used to take the 0630 AA departure BNA-LAX frequently. One time we landed almost 90 minutes early. I say landed because we got sent to a holding pen area since there were no gates available. And we sat there, and sat there. And finally pulled into a gate a few minutes late, actually. Passengers were NOT happy.

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Woodreau wrote:
Arriving at destination before scheduled departure time.

Sometimes even ATL-BNA during COVID.

I did that frequently even before COVID. As you know, ATL-BNA is only 37 minutes in the air with a short taxi upon arrival at BNA, especially on DL. Always thought it was fun to say I landed before I left, kind of like the Concorde!
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Re: Earliest departures/arrivals

Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:42 pm

Two flights spring to mind:
NW A320 LAS-LAX: 35min door close to door open.
US DC-9 SYR-LGA: we left 45min late, but arrived on time. You could actually feel the aircraft flying at full speed- the only time in 1000 flights I've felt that.

Today so many flight schedules are padded to account for delays so arrival times 1 hour ahead of schedule can be the norm with low traffic flows.

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