The flight time from New York to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 5 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 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin
88%
JetBlue
87%
American
85%
Delta
85%
United
84%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

JetBlue
6h
United
6h 1m
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

245

Distance

2475 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND05001,000

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0102030

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
76
Delta
54
JetBlue
53
Virgin
35
United
25

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 11 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, JetBlue is 87% reliable, which means that JetBlue flights are on time 87% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin 88% 11% 1%
JetBlue 87% 13% 0%
American 85% 14% 1%
Delta 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)
JetBlue 23 327 8 360
United 23 323 10 361
Virgin 22 329 9 363
American 22 331 9 366
Delta 26 326 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 1.79
7am 2.68
8am 2.78
9am 3.41
10am 1.04
11am 2.79
12pm 2.21
1pm 1.69
2pm 0.84
3pm 1.87
4pm 2.88
5pm 2.49
6pm 2.72
7pm 1.46
8pm 1.71
9pm 2.1
10pm 0.42

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 1104
April 1099
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 37.5
Tuesday 35.8
Wednesday 36.5
Thursday 36.4
Friday 35.2
Saturday 27.7
Sunday 35.8

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 54
JetBlue 53
Virgin 35
United 25

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 18 329 10 362
7am 23 328 11 365
8am 25 325 10 365
9am 25 326 9 365
10am 20 328 8 360
11am 18 326 8 355
12pm 19 328 8 358
1pm 18 327 9 357
2pm 21 328 9 363
3pm 27 327 9 368
4pm 23 331 8 366
5pm 26 329 10 369
6pm 26 330 10 370
7pm 29 326 11 372
8pm 29 327 9 368
9pm 26 327 9 366
10pm 21 341 6 369
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.