That would not necessarily eliminate every delay but it's a salient point. I bet SQ and EK have spares of the same model.Certainly AJ can be blamed - not a single back up aircraft available in a major home hub? Mistakes happen, aircraft break down etc
Other major airlines seem to think so.LOL, that sounds cost-effective.
QF1D on Saturday 9 was in SIN from 1331 to 1456 hours - 85 minutes. LHR arrival is displaying as 2035, exactly as QFi earlier predicted (although perhaps that's because it hasn't been amended.)The overnight delayed QF1D ('D' is the suffix typically used by some airlines when a flight is significantly delayed, and it's useful on a route like this, otherwise there'd be two 'QF1s' concurrently operating) pushed back in SYD on Saturday 9 November at 0814 (A388 VH-OQE) with SIN arrival estimated as 1329 hours this afternoon local time, 924 minutes late. Although as noted above QF had been displaying a later departure time from SIN, it has changed this to suggest 1425 hours meaning LHR arrival at 2035 hours, 860 minutes behind schedule.
Spending less than an hour at an intermediate stop may not be impossible, but based on observation, it'd be unusual, so this may be a tad optimistic...
I had a fairly extensive delay recently with Singair (in Singapore). Even they don't have A380s hanging around waiting to do something.I've never had any major airline cancel a flight on me at their home hub and tell me to come back another day (unless major weather issue) - happened to me with QF at least three times in the last 24 months! CX@HKG swap out aircraft all the time when sometime goes wrong.
Your delay, though, seven hours (while annoying and the time must have dragged) IIRC didn't quite match a 15 or 24 hour QF one, or the 17 hour one to HND tonight (the latter partly due to restrictions as to when flights can arrive/depart that major Japanese airport, as Himeno always reminds us.) There are degrees of "extensive."I had a fairly extensive delay recently with Singair (in Singapore). Even they don't have A380s hanging around waiting to do something.
...that is a minimum of 10 hours IIRC...The late arrival will likely cause a delay on QF1408 BXG - SYD tomorrow morning. Due to crew rest requirements.
I'm sorry. I wasn't aware that it was a competition.Your delay, though, seven hours (while annoying and the time must have dragged) IIRC didn't quite match a 15 or 24 hour QF one, or the 17 hour one to HND tonight (the latter partly due to restrictions as to when flights can arrive/depart that major Japanese airport, as Himeno always reminds us.) There are degrees of "extensive."
The airline industry is a competitive industry yes? OTP is a competitive edge.I'm sorry. I wasn't aware that it was a competition.
QF2 on Saturday night 9 November 2019 departed LHR at 2306 hours, 151 minutes late, so the aircraft's turnaround took 157 minutes.The badly delayed QF1 (Friday 8 ex SYD, but altered to depart on Saturday 9 morning) arrived LHR on the latter date at 2029 hours, 854 minutes behind schedule. Amended departure for QF2 remains showing as 2230 hours ex LHR...
QF now suggests (after QF16 arrived at 1109 hours) that QF15 will depart at a more realistic 1230 hours from BNE on Sunday 10, with same day LAX arrival at 0710 hours, 70 late. This may slightly delay the 0820 hours Sunday QF11 from LAX across to JFK....QF15, the Sunday 1110 hours BNE - LAX is predicted to depart an hour late. This is due to 'the 16' departing LAX at 0318 on Saturday 9, 238 minutes late and an unpleasant time to depart any public transport location. Arrival in BNE this morning should be at 1106 hours, 231 late. Turning a smaller aircraft of the size of a B789 around in 64 minutes may not be impossible but it's a bit better than on most observed occasions, so maybe the computer is a little optimistic. LAX arrival on Sunday for 'the 15' is said to be 0650, 50 late, which should just allow the 0820 hours LAX - JFK QF11 to punctually depart....