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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times January 2010

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times January 2010

Number and Percent of Flights with Longest Single Tarmac Time of 3 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 3 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
Delta 56,998 8 0.01 0 3 2 0 3
US Airways 33,749 4 0.01 0 0 4 0 0
Southwest 90,103 3 0.00 0 0 3 0 0
American 46,571 2 0.00 2 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 16,250 1 0.01 0 0 1 0 0
Mesa 18,423 1 0.01 0 0 1 0 0
AirTran 19,936 1 0.01 0 0 0 1 0
American Eagle 36,742 1 0.00 0 0 0 1 0
Hawaiian 5,734 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 6,450 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 10,532 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Comair 11,035 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 19,651 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Pinnacle 21,875 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 24,385 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
ExpressJet 27,351 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 27,744 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 48,280 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
All Airlines 521,809 21 0.00 2 3 11 2 3

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