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DOT 11/17: Alaska, Virgin America, Skywest rank bottom 3 for on-time arrivals

DOT 11/17: Alaska, Virgin America, Skywest rank bottom 3 for on-time arrivals

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Old Jan 13, 18, 5:27 am
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DOT 11/17: Alaska, Virgin America, Skywest rank bottom 3 for on-time arrivals

https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot0718
Overall

88.3 percent on-time arrivals

Highest On-Time Arrival Rates
  1. Delta Air Lines – 93.7 percent
  2. Spirit Airlines – 89.8 percent
  3. Hawaiian Airlines – 89.3 percent
Lowest On-Time Arrival Rates
  1. Virgin America – 77.5 percent
  2. Alaska Airlines – 83.2 percent
  3. SkyWest Airlines – 85.4 percent
Virgin America is at the very bottom of the list of on-time arrivals.

Looks like Virgin America led the list on cancelled domestic flights, too.
Highest Rates of Canceled Flights
  1. Virgin America – 1.3 percent
  2. Alaska Airlines – 0.9 percent
  3. SkyWest Airlines – 0.7 percent
Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights
  1. Delta Air Lines – 0.0 percent*
  2. United Airlines – 0.0 percent**
  3. American Airlines – 0.1 percent
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Old Jan 13, 18, 9:39 am
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VX having low on time performance is nothing new.

AS, OTOH, that's unusual.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by channa View Post
VX having low on time performance is nothing new.

AS, OTOH, that's unusual.
Probably due to Alaska Horizon being lumped in.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 9:47 am
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In November, the reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 88.3 percent... the second highest rate ever reported.

It's just one month, but carriers in general had a good month while Alaska Air Group carriers did not.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
In November, the reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 88.3 percent... the second highest rate ever reported.

It's just one month, but carriers in general had a good month while Alaska Air Group carriers did not.
This. November was an exceptionally good month nationwide. If you look in the report, AS and VX had the highest rate of weather and ATC delays, which explains the ranking.

On a more favorable note, Alaska just reported December performance. mainline, regional and VX all were above 80% and the numbers were dramatically better than the previous year, which again is probably just due to having fewer “snowmagedden” type events. Unusually, it would appear VX reported its best ontime performance all year in December!
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Early November was when a few flurries hit Seattle and AS melted down for an entire weekend. I'm sure December will be better, since most of the weather issues were not in the west.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by sltlyamusd View Post


This. November was an exceptionally good month nationwide. If you look in the report, AS and VX had the highest rate of weather and ATC delays, which explains the ranking.

On a more favorable note, Alaska just reported December performance. mainline, regional and VX all were above 80% and the numbers were dramatically better than the previous year, which again is probably just due to having fewer “snowmagedden” type events. Unusually, it would appear VX reported its best ontime performance all year in December!
SFO had almost zero disruptive weather in December. Hopefully the rest of the winter won’t go similarly.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 2:03 pm
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With a hub in SFO the new AS on time performance is not going to be great going forward.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 4:59 pm
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SEA is having big problems with air traffic delays due to being at full capacity and now weather in play. ATC frequently has to slow, loop, or divert inbound aircraft due to spacing. I am now even experiencing takeoff delays due to ATC when there is fog in the AM. I had never experienced that before except with heavys.
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To me these numbers aren’t terribly meaningful unless the regional operations get folded into the mainline numbers.

According to their 2016 annual report, Skywest was operating these aircraft/flights for mainline carriers:

United: 313 aircraft, 870 daily flights
Delta: 248, 660 flights
American: 76, 130 flights
​​​​​​​Alaska: 15, 80 flights


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Old Jan 13, 18, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff View Post
To me these numbers aren’t terribly meaningful unless the regional operations get folded into the mainline numbers.
Take a look at this article on regionals from a few months ago:
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why...ghts-next-year

This one paragraph indicates Delta's regional flights are going to be included in Delta's overall numbers in 2018. Not clear if Horizon's will be added into Alaska numbers, though.
Notably, airlines like JetBlue and Southwest don't operate regional brands and have suffered lower on-time arrival figures than carriers like Delta. That will soon change as Delta's regional flights get factored in to the airline's overall stats, since more than one third of Delta flights are operated by a regional carrier.
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
Take a look at this article on regionals from a few months ago:
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why...ghts-next-year

This one paragraph indicates Delta's regional flights are going to be included in Delta's overall numbers in 2018. Not clear if Horizon's will be added into Alaska numbers, though.
Thank you, Tom. That is good news. Finally the stats will be more meaningful and fair.
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Not clear if Horizon's will be added into Alaska numbers, though.
I'm pretty sure it is otherwise it would be appearing in the bottom 3 and not mainline AS
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FlightStats has already published their full year 2017 On Time stats and Alaska finished 2nd in the US, behind only DL and ahead of AA/UA/WN/B6...
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