Air travel is all about schedule. Passengers buy on price, but they are aware that once they have made a booking, their planning focuses around that schedule. Mess with the schedule and all kinds of messages and images from annoyed travelers hit social media.
In fairness, airlines build a schedule which they want to operate – time is money for them in a very real sense. But there are exogenous things like weather and illness that interrupt even the best-laid plans. Consequently, we are showing delays in average minutes.
How did US airlines doing with schedules in 2017 and 2018? The model below allows you to drill down on several levels. Note the model has two pages, the first shows information by airline and aircraft. The second shows information by flight number. On either page, select a year and an airline then watch the numbers change.
On page one we list information by tail number and aircraft type – so you can see if there’s a specific “hanger queen”. Switch between years for a specific airline to see which numbers are near the top. When you select a tail number the tables identify the OEM and model.
The model is huge – we combined more than 6m flights over 24 months and close to 6,000 aircraft from T-100D, TransStats and FlightRadar24. Because it is complex it might react slower than you like, but give it a moment. As always, click the double arrow on the right of the gray bar to maximize the screen.