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Not very non-stop

A friend took Jet Blue 815 last night (6/17) from BOS to SMF, which he thought was going to be non-stop. They had to stop in SLC to refuel. An A320 can’t go coast to coast? I looked up prior flights and JB 815 had to divert to MCI on 6/12 and to SLC on 6/14. For the same flight to have to make 3 diversions in one week is shoddy fuel management. Is this routine now? Doesn’t this cost the airline money? Maybe Jet Blue is in the freight business to the midwest! ( More...

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Torsten Hoff 4
Looking at the flight (see link below), they spent about 50 minutes on the ground after leaving the gate rather than the expected 10 minutes. I don't know the reason for the delay, but according to the MiseryMap there were 59 delayed and 5 canceled flights around the time of their departure, so it was probably due to weather.

They burned enough fuel on the taxiways to eat into their reserve. It's not that the could not have reached Sacramento, but they would have done so without the mandated emergency reserve.
Ichiro Sugioka 2
I believe you are right.
Back when JBU flew BOS-BUR, they would have to make an unscheduled fueling stop in the winter. I suspect that was caused by deicing wait prior to takeoff as much as adverse winds.


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