The flight time from New York to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 4 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 2 minutes early.
23 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 28 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 12 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
90%
Virgin
90%
JetBlue
89%
American
85%
United
84%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
5h 59m
JetBlue
6h
Virgin
6h 3m
American
6h 6m
Delta
6h 9m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h6h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

5 hours, 17 minutes

Flights Per Week

243

Distance

2475 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND05001,000

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0102030

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
76
Delta
56
JetBlue
56
Virgin
37
United
19

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves New York 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 23 minutes
In the Air 328 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 12 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 10 minutes. For example, from New York to Los Angeles, United is 84% reliable, which means that United flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin 90% 9% 1%
Delta 90% 10% 0%
JetBlue 89% 11% 0%
American 85% 14% 1%
United 84% 15% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between New York and Los Angeles, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
United 24 321 10 359
JetBlue 23 327 8 360
Virgin 21 329 9 363
American 22 330 9 366
Delta 26 327 12 369

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
6am 1.74
7am 2.7
8am 2.71
9am 3.5
10am 0.96
11am 2.7
12pm 2.28
1pm 1.82
2pm 0.6
3pm 1.95
4pm 2.87
5pm 2.35
6pm 2.68
7pm 1.28
8pm 1.83
9pm 2.07
10pm 0.6

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Los Angeles that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 914
February 950
March 1077
April 1045
May 1143
June 1104
July 1138
August 1168
September 1093
October 1095
November 958
December 969

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Los Angeles that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 36.7
Tuesday 35.1
Wednesday 36.3
Thursday 36.7
Friday 36
Saturday 27.4
Sunday 35.2

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
American 76
Delta 56
JetBlue 56
Virgin 37
United 19

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
6am 18 328 10 362
7am 23 327 10 364
8am 25 325 10 364
9am 25 326 9 365
10am 21 328 8 360
11am 19 326 8 356
12pm 19 328 8 358
1pm 18 328 9 357
2pm 22 326 9 360
3pm 28 327 9 369
4pm 23 331 8 365
5pm 27 329 9 368
6pm 26 329 9 369
7pm 30 325 11 373
8pm 30 328 10 370
9pm 27 327 9 367
10pm 22 340 6 369
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.