The flight time from Chicago to Los Angeles is 4 hours, 22 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL on time.
16 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 52 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Chicago
3 hours, 56 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

4h 18m
4h 21m
4h 23m
4h 23m
Virgin America
4h 27m
4h 32m
4h 33m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1744 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 Chicago on time
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 232 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 7 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 Chicago to Los Angeles, Southwest is 80% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 80% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 85% 13% 2%
United 85% 15% 0%
Virgin America 85% 15% 0%
American 84% 15% 1%
Southwest 80% 19% 1%
Frontier 75% 24% 1%
Alaska 67% 32% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 11 235 9 258
Spirit 14 233 10 261
United 19 230 10 263
American 16 232 10 263
Virgin America 19 232 10 267
Frontier 22 229 14 272
Alaska 20 236 12 273

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
5am 0.41
6am 1.81
7am 1.95
8am 1.65
9am 2.18
10am 1.96
11am 0.61
12pm 2.96
1pm 1.88
2pm 0.88
3pm 2.03
4pm 0.82
5pm 2.99
6pm 1.78
7pm 1.28
8pm 2.02
9pm 1.31
10pm 0.23
11pm 0.24

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 822
February 697
March 814
April 871
May 878
June 942
July 974
August 989
September 912
October 940
November 857
December 882

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 29.6
Tuesday 29.3
Wednesday 29.1
Thursday 30
Friday 29.7
Saturday 26.6
Sunday 29.2

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
United 72
American 65
Southwest 39
Spirit 13
Virgin America 10
Frontier 3
Alaska 1

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
In the Air
Taxi In
5am 10 232 8 253
6am 14 232 11 262
7am 16 232 20 276
8am 16 236 11 269
9am 20 231 12 267
10am 17 232 9 261
11am 12 234 9 260
12pm 17 232 7 259
1pm 14 232 8 258
2pm 17 231 8 260
3pm 15 234 9 261
4pm 17 228 9 258
5pm 17 231 9 260
6pm 17 232 10 263
7pm 19 229 12 266
8pm 16 232 12 265
9pm 16 229 11 261
10pm 15 231 8 253
11pm 16 225 8 249
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.