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(LA Times)   Airline delays decline because carriers are lengthening the times of their flights. JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Chicago now scheduled to take three days   ( divider line
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732 clicks; posted to Business » on 01 Jan 2014 at 8:42 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-01 08:54:20 AM  
Well, yeah, subby. For instance, every flight to Atlanta now includes a 25 minute "sitting on the tarmac" buffer.
2014-01-01 09:21:01 AM  
The airlines have stopped deliberately lying about how long it takes to get there? HOW DARE THEY!!!
2014-01-01 09:36:22 AM  
Never mind the delay if you have to go between concourses.
2014-01-01 09:39:47 AM  
The old SABRE reservation system listed search results from shortest to longest flight time. (This put the jet flights at the top which is where people wanted them.)

Perhaps inevitably, airlines gamed SABRE by fudging their flight times and the FAA eventually took some measures to punish the miscreants

Now flights are usually listed by price and nobody cares about flight times.
2014-01-01 10:31:08 AM  
As an American that just moved back to the US and flies regularly, it's clear as farking day American carriers are screwing their customers. Unlimited meals, drinks (including liquor, wine and beer), checked luggage, etc. are something that are considered part of every ticket outside the US. The worst part is airfare in the US is noticeably more expensive than Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

* Obvs Ryan Air, Easy Jet, etc don't apply
2014-01-01 10:34:39 AM  
As long as their schedules reflect those flight times it means fewer missed connections as well.
2014-01-01 10:49:44 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: As long as their schedules reflect those flight times it means fewer missed connections as well.

Exactly. All any of us really want is an accurate prediction so we can plan accordingly.

Now if they could do the same on fares and fees.
2014-01-01 11:58:14 AM  
Yeah I don't see the problem. It appears that airlines are being more honest in order to avoid fines imposed by the gov...

2014-01-01 04:27:52 PM  
Same thing transit agencies have been doing for years now.  NY to Trenton by train used to be roughly 1 hour, years ago.  Now it's an hour and a half.

/NJT still can't run it on time, either.
2014-01-02 09:51:34 AM  
JetBlue cancelled my flight from New Orleans to JFK before Christmas, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
2014-01-02 10:38:40 AM  
Most air delays are known in advance.

Check out a departing flight schedule at a peak time. Do you really think that three flights are all going to be taking off at 7:55am?

Airlines schedule flight times at the exact same as other airlines, and that is solely for competition.

Yes, Delta could have a 7:55 flight to Dallas, and Americans at 8:10, but when booking, most people are going to want that 7:55 flight, and will book up first. American would rather advertise the same 7:55 departure time and take the delay, because by then, they already have your money. Better than being the"second" flight and risk not booking fully.

The solution is to make flight times based on airport conditions, and not set by the airline. Have assigned departure time slots, and let airlines bid on them.
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