The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 22 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 5 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 53 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 14 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
90%
American
86%
JetBlue
85%
Delta
85%
Alaska
83%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 53 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to Los Angeles is 2611 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Boston
5 hours, 15 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

JetBlue
6h 16m
United
6h 19m
Delta
6h 21m
American
6h 29m
Alaska
6h 35m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

54

Distance

2611 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun02468

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

JetBlue
23
American
12
Delta
8
United
6
Alaska
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Boston from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Boston to Los Angeles by plane is 2611 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Boston to Los Angeles?

The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 53 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 6 hours, 16 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 6 hours, 35 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Los Angeles?

United, American, Alaska, JetBlue, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Boston to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from Boston to Los Angeles?

Southwest does not fly from Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 Boston 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 353 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 14 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 20 minutes. For example, from Boston to Los Angeles, Delta is 85% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 85% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 90% 7% 3%
American 86% 12% 2%
Delta 85% 12% 3%
JetBlue 85% 12% 3%
Alaska 83% 13% 4%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Boston 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 15 348 7 376
United 15 354 7 379
Delta 18 350 8 381
American 19 357 8 389
Alaska 21 364 9 395

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
10am 0.15
1pm 0.02
8pm 0.1
3pm 0.88
9pm 0.39
7pm 0.67
12pm 0.2
5pm 0.73
9am 0.08
6am 0.83
6pm 0.68
10pm 0.03
7am 0.81
8am 1.48
11am 0.37
4pm 0.07

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston 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 377
February 351
March 385
April 113
May 31
June 57
July 194
August 169
September 151
October 194
November 391
December 414

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston 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 8.4
Tuesday 7.31
Wednesday 7.15
Thursday 7.88
Friday 8.42
Saturday 7.04
Sunday 8.15

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
JetBlue 0
American 0
Delta 0
United 0
Alaska 0

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)
10am 14 339 4 359
1pm 24 353 8 384
8pm 15 343 8 368
3pm 15 348 6 372
9pm 16 365 8 391
7pm 19 358 8 392
12pm 14 347 6 366
5pm 20 357 9 390
9am 22 353 8 385
6am 20 361 10 397
6pm 15 352 7 376
10pm 15 369 7 394
7am 17 344 8 374
8am 16 348 7 375
11am 17 356 6 380
4pm 21 359 6 389
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.