I'm off to Germany again today, and as with my last trip, I'm flying the Lufthansa / PrivatAir all-business-class nonstop from Chicago O'Hare to Düsseldorf.  There's some snow/rain in today's weather picture here in Chicago, so I'm keeping a careful eye on the flight status as I get packed up and ready to leave.

One interesting observation about this flight is the short "turnaround time" the plane has here in Chicago.  The inbound LH436 flight DUS-ORD is scheduled to land at 11:55 AM.  The outbound LH437 flight ORD-DUS is scheduled to depart at 2:25 PM.  Thus, the plane is only on the ground for 2½ hours.  This is even more impressive when considering that the inbound plane must arrive at O'Hare's international terminal, then move on to the United terminal for boarding the outbound flght.  
Some of the other turnaround times at O'Hare:

  • bmi British Midland MAN-ORD-MAN: 5 hours, 15 minutes
  • SAS Scandinavian CPH-ORD-CPH: 4 hours, 15 minutes
  • British Airways LHR-ORD-LHR (last flights of day): 3 hours, 35 minutes
  • Alitalia MXP-ORD-MXP: 3 hours, 5 minutes
  • Lufthansa MUC-ORD-MUC: 2 hours, 30 minutes (also has to reposition from International to United terminal)
  • Aer Lingus DUB-ORD-DUB: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Air France CDG-ORD-CDG: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Huh.  Who'd have thought that Air France would be the most efficient intercontinental carrier at O'Hare?

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