Topic of the Week: December On Time Performance

The DOT has released December on-time performance and as you would imagine, it was awful. Anything stand out for you in this month’s report?
http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/2011/February/2011FebruaryATCR.PDF

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Zack Rules
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Jetblue’s performance stuck out. I had a December 30th flight that was delayed three hours because of a technical problem in Austin where the plane had started the day. Bad luck I suppose.

Nick Barnard
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Jetblue’s line on this is that if they can fly a flight they do instead of canceling it. Whereas other airlines will cancel flights to improve their ontime performance.

Bill from DC
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only the usual comment – that this reporting is essentially useless because the vast majority of the majors’ poor performing flights are buried in the pinnacles, ASAs, skywests and x-jets of the world. just once, i would like to see an apples-to-apples comparison of these results with the majors having to show all their branded ops under their own banners. also, since this on-time reporting is ostensibly done by the government on behalf of the general public, it would be FAR more useful for the public to have results by branded ops since that is how the airlines go to… Read more »
Nick Barnard
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This goes to the greater problem that we have two types of codesharing wandering around under the same banner, the branded flying that the express carriers do, versus the fact that you can fly on Alaska branded flight on American Airlines metal..

XJT DX
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To support your argument, Majors routinely take regional slots and clearance times during weather and ATC delay events. In addition, they will be the ones to request cancellations so that airports will be able to handle mainline flights better. both of these causes lead to lower performance on express carriers.

This is also the reason MESA had grounds to sue Delta over cancelling their CPA due to poor performance (Delta requested many of the cancellations at JFK).

Todd in CMH
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Bravo. Well said Bill.

Daniel
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I was looking at the denied boarding and wondering why American Eagle has almost double the Invol DB compared to the other carriers. They’re at 4.02 why the second highest is Mesa at 2.55.

Nick Barnard
Member

I’m actually kinda surprised at the number of flights that don’t arrive ontime early in the morning. Some airports have 30% of flights not arriving ontime in the morning when weather and other operational delays should be having the least affect.

Nick Barnard
Member

Err, the least effect. I was clarifying affect vs. effect for a few folks yesterday, and I just mucked it up..

XJT DX
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Most of the airports with morning delayed arrivals may have also had severe delay departures to outstations the day before leading to crew legality issues for the morning…

just my 2ยข

monkylobes
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the major weather dealy is almost non ex in the cart ….the cx them befor they get delayed to much

BW
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Southwest’s on-time and baggage performance are not good at all, yet they rate very few customer complaints. Is that just a result of customer friendly policies and agents or are there other factors?

Nick Barnard
Member

Cranky wrote about this over at BNET: http://www.bnet.com/blog/airline-business/southwest-keeps-8216em-happy-but-its-late-flights-are-starting-to-stack-up/3220

The bottom line is that Southwest has an image that lets them get away with this somewhat, but they can’t keep doing it or they’ll kill that image.

MeanMeosh
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Part of it also is because WN does a much better job at customer service when it comes to delays or other problems. I think part of the frustration with delays or lost baggage on legacy carriers is the lack of information, and the lack of anyone who seems to give a flip about the situation. I would think most flyers understand that occasional problems are inevitable, but also want the airlines to at least make an effort to keep them informed and make things more tolerable. Southwest has a better track record than the others, which probably leads to… Read more »
Keagan
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What surprises me is that Southwest only had 67% of all flights with on-time departures/arrivals. I’m going to assume this is because of fuller flights, and the 25 minute turn time isn’t as practical anymore?

MeanMeosh
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That may be part of the issue, but another thing is that WN has historically been more willing than the legacies to hold flights when connecting passengers are delayed. This may be good customer service, but it’s also going to cause delays to ripple through the system. And, even if the turnaround times are part of the problem, I’m not sure what can be done about that. More and more WN customers fly long-haul routes that use a single flight number, but might make several stops along the way (an especially inconvenient truth if you fly out of DAL, and… Read more »
travelnate
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hmmm.. Jetblue cancelled over 8% of their flights in December, followed by Comair at 7%… that’s a bit scary

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