Flight Scheduled To Depart… Early?!

Right here’s one thing that’s inconsequential, however that I can’t assist however be interested in…

SWISS flight pushed ahead by 5 minutes?!

Final night time, I flew SWISS’ A220 enterprise class from Zurich to Amsterdam (after crossing the Atlantic in SWISS’ 777 top notch). A bit earlier than my scheduled boarding time, I checked the departures monitor within the lounge, and seen that there was an up to date flight time listed subsequent to my flight, in addition to subsequent to a different flight.

Whenever you see an up to date flight time listed in pink subsequent to your scheduled flight time, it’s normally not excellent news. Nevertheless, on this case the up to date departure time was 5 minutes forward of schedule for each flights.

SWISS departures board exhibiting forward of schedule flight

For what it’s price, it wasn’t simply the departures monitor within the lounge that listed this up to date departure time, however the gate had an identical observe.

The flight did find yourself departing a bit forward of schedule, however then once more, so do many flights. The flight was additionally fairly empty, which I think about contributed to that.

I don’t assume I’ve ever seen this earlier than

With day of departure flight modifications, the departure time is nearly all the time pushed again. In uncommon situations, possibly we see flights pushed ahead considerably for a superb cause, like a vacation spot airport closing, anticipated unhealthy climate, and so forth.

Nevertheless, I don’t recall ever seeing a departures board exhibiting a flight departing simply 5 minutes forward of schedule, as that appears random. So I’m curious, has anybody seen this earlier than, and/or does anybody have insights into the logic for this?

The most effective clarification I can provide you with is that SWISS knew the flight was fairly empty, so figured the flight would depart forward of schedule, and the departures board was up to date to replicate that. Nevertheless, if that have been the case, you’d assume we’d see this much more typically. So I’m wondering if displaying this was a glitch, if I’ve been residing underneath a rock, or what.

Like I stated, this actually doesn’t matter, however curiosity is getting the very best of me. I satisfaction myself in sometimes having solutions to all of the airline questions that don’t truly matter (“why does the A320 make a barking noise?”), although this one stumped me. 😉

Why was my SWISS flight exhibiting an early departure?

Backside line

My SWISS flight final night time confirmed as departing 5 minutes early, as did one other flight on the identical time. Possibly that is frequent and I simply haven’t seen it, however I don’t assume so.

Can somebody assist me resolve this (minor) thriller?!

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