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Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times Feb 2009

Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times Feb 2009

Number and Percentage of Flights with Longest Single Tarmac Time of Three Hours or More
For an explanation of the new reports, see New Tarmac Time Data Q&A
Airlines ranked by number of longest single tarmac times of three hours or longer

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  Number of Regularly Scheduled Flights Longest Single Tarmac Times of 3 Hours or Longer Stage of Operation of the 3-Hour Tarmac Time
Total Percent Prior to Cancellation Multiple Gate Departure* Taxi-Out Taxi-In At Diversion Airport
Northwest 21,950 10 0.05 0 2 8 0 0
US Airways 32,317 9 0.03 1 1 7 0 0
Comair 11,733 7 0.06 0 0 7 0 0
American 42,915 5 0.01 3 0 2 0 0
Pinnacle 20,200 4 0.02 0 1 3 0 0
Southwest 86,491 3 0.00 0 0 3 0 0
ExpressJet 21,642 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
Delta 32,600 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
Mesa 18,150 1 0.01 1 0 0 0 0
Hawaiian 5,658 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 6,524 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 10,299 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 15,087 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 18,314 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 19,868 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 21,452 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 29,896 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
American Eagle 31,965 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 41,349 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 488,410 43 0.01 5 4 34 0 0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Explanation of Stage of Operation
Prior to Cancellation: Flight left the gate but was cancelled at the origin airport
Multiple Gate Departure: Flight left the gate, then returned and then left again to resume normal operation. Tarmac time is the time before the return to the gate.
Taxi-out: The time between gate departure and wheels-off
Taxi-in: The time between wheels-on and gate arrival
At Diversion Airport: The tarmac time at the alternate airport