Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Airline Statistics Are Out For November

The BTS released airline on-time performance statistics for November today. Most are not surprising, the regional carriers like ASA and Comair still cant manage to get a plane off the ground on time, no change there for past 15 years.

Continental Airlines managed to climb back out of the dog house after a horrible month in October. They went from highest number of canceled flights to lowest in November. I am a frequent flier of Continental and have always considered their service the best among legacy carriers in the U.S. so that is good to see.

A little disturbing is the number of pets the airlines managed to kill, hurt or loose was 6 in November. Frankly in this category 1 is too many. I flew my dog from east coast to the west coast a couple of months ago and was nervous the entire time. Turns out the dog had a better experience on United then I did.

The winner of the "stuck in a tube on the tarmac" award went to the poor travelers on ExpressJet Airlines flight 2534 from Nashville, TN to Newark, NJ, 11/30/08 which was delayed on tarmac 269 minutes.

Here is the rest of the roundup:


83.3 percent on-time arrivals

Highest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. Hawaiian Airlines – 89.6 percent

2. Southwest Airlines – 87.2 percent

3. Northwest Airlines – 86.7 percent

Lowest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. Atlantic Southeast Airlines – 75.3 percent

2. Comair – 77.1 percent

3. Delta Air Lines – 77.4 percent

Most Frequently Delayed Flights

1. ExpressJet Airlines flight 2396 from Newark, NJ to Detroit – late 83.33 percent of the time

2. Comair flight 6517 from Atlanta to Austin, TX – late 82.76 percent of the time

2. SkyWest Airlines flight 4393 from Atlanta to San Antonio, TX – late 82.76 percent of the time

4. Southwest Airlines flight 3091 from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia – late 81.82 percent of the time

5. Mesa Airlines flight 2697 from Washington Dulles to Charlotte, NC – late 80.95 percent of the time

Highest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Mesa Airlines – 1.3 percent

2. Pinnacle Airlines – 1.3 percent

3. Comair – 1.2 percent

Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Continental Airlines – 0.1 percent

2. Northwest Airlines – 0.2 percent

3. Frontier Airlines – 0.2 percent

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