Read this dialogue. James uses reported speech, what the person actually said is in red.
Janine: Can you call the airline and find out what’s happening with my flight? James: I called them earlier and they said that it was delayed for two hours. The flight is delayed for two hours. Janine: Did they say why? James: They said that there had been very bad weather on its outward journey and that this had made it late arriving in Pisa. As a result it had missed its normal take-off slot and had had to wait for another. There was some very bad weather on the outward journey and this made it late arriving in Pisa. As a result it missed its normal take-off slot and had to wait for another. Janine: Is it still on the ground? James: No. They said that it had taken off two hours late but it is in the air. No, it took off two hours late, but it is in the air. Janine: So the good news is I have time to finish working on this report. James: Yes, but the bad news is you’ll be late for your meeting in Italy.