What? United & American Fight For Best On-Time Arrival…Delta Still #1

It’s no surprise that Delta was once again first among the big four domestic carriers in on-time performance in March, blowing away the competition with an 82.3% on-time arrival rate. Southwest finished 2nd at 79.6%, but the big story was the fight for 3rd between American and United. American ultimately won by hair, coming in at 78.1% compared to United’s 77.9%. Both carriers have been working hard in recent months to cut the gap between them and Delta and American even finished second in February with an impressive 84.3% on-time factor…potentially leaving passengers at the gate.

SeeAmerican Airlines Said to Be Leaving Behind 20,000 Passengers a Month at the Gate 

An American Airlines 737-800 in Montréal. Photo by Alexandre Gouger, used with permission.

An American Airlines 737-800 in Montréal. Photo by Alexandre Gouger, used with permission.

Comments

  1. I’m chuckling at this because these airlines have noticeably (very) padded their schedules in the past few years publishing 2 hour flights as 2:30 to 2:45 and so on. They’re not any more “on time.” They’ve simply found a loophole.

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