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

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 1 minute early.
19 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 48 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 8 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
87%
Virgin America
84%
United
84%
Alaska
84%
Delta
76%
JetBlue
75%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Boston
5 hours, 25 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin America
6h 16m
United
6h 21m
Delta
6h 21m
American
6h 23m
JetBlue
6h 24m
Alaska
6h 26m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0123

Flights Per Week

98

Distance

2611 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun051015

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
33
JetBlue
24
Delta
15
Virgin America
12
United
11
Alaska
2

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 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 348 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 8 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 Boston to Los Angeles, Virgin America is 84% reliable, which means that Virgin America flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 87% 11% 2%
Virgin America 84% 14% 2%
United 84% 15% 1%
Alaska 84% 16% 0%
Delta 76% 24% 0%
JetBlue 75% 24% 1%

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)
Virgin America 18 343 9 376
United 17 345 13 381
Delta 23 346 9 381
American 18 350 10 383
JetBlue 19 351 9 384
Alaska 19 352 10 386

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 0.83
7am 2.25
8am 0.64
9am 1.04
10am 0.95
11am 0.66
12pm 0.5
2pm 1.21
3pm 0.17
4pm 0.62
5pm 2
6pm 2.11
9pm 0.88

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 360
February 332
March 374
April 480
May 513
June 452
July 478
August 481
September 413
October 429
November 364
December 398

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 14.8
Tuesday 13.8
Wednesday 13.5
Thursday 14.7
Friday 14.5
Saturday 12.2
Sunday 14.2

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 33
JetBlue 24
Delta 15
Virgin America 12
United 11
Alaska 2

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 17 346 12 381
7am 22 348 11 386
8am 19 351 11 388
9am 19 342 9 373
10am 16 358 7 382
11am 16 342 8 368
12pm 16 342 8 369
2pm 17 347 8 375
3pm 20 348 8 380
4pm 19 351 9 383
5pm 20 356 10 390
6pm 22 346 12 386
9pm 18 351 8 380
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.