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This delay is due to the late arrival of incoming aircraft

Posted by anandrr on July 23, 2008

As I sit here at the Bangalore Airport, the Kingfisher guy is on the PA system telling us that our flight is delayed. He regrets the delay. And then says that this delay is due to the late arrival of the aircraft. I’ve been hearing this at every airport I’ve been to, pretty much every flight I’ve taken and it leaves me puzzled. As such, nobody particularly cares why their flight is delayed, the fact that it is delayed is probably annoyance enough. But more to the point, how is this a valid defense? A valid defense would be, “it’s raining cats and dogs at Mumbai, so we weren’t able to take off on time,” or “the pilot had to take a sudden unexpected detour to avoid Godzilla,” but “late arrival of the incoming aircraft?” Isn’t that the definition of the airline’s reason for being? Taking aircraft from Point A and getting it to Point B reliably on time?

I’m reminded of Seinfeld’s famous confrontation with the car rental agency.

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3 Responses to “This delay is due to the late arrival of incoming aircraft”

  1. tomasz said

    “the pilot had to take a sudden unexpected detour to avoid Godzilla” – yes, I’d appreciated such honesty…

  2. ax said

    or maybe u should just rename this blog as justtakenoff.etc etc

  3. NRIbasher said

    if you are so exasperated with india, why not pack your bags and go back to the wonderland of amreeka? all your views seem to be seen with the typical popcorncultural, cocacolonial, ugly american eye.

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