The flight time from New York to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 9 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 3 minutes early.
23 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 30 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to New York
5 hours, 18 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

6h 6m
6h 7m
6h 8m
Virgin America
6h 10m
6h 13m
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



2475 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 New York 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 23 minutes
In the Air 330 minutes
Taxiing In 10 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 82% reliable, which means that JetBlue flights are on time 82% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 88% 11% 1%
Alaska 85% 14% 1%
Virgin America 84% 14% 2%
JetBlue 82% 17% 1%
Delta 81% 18% 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
JetBlue 22 330 8 366
Delta 24 327 10 367
Alaska 24 329 10 368
Virgin America 25 330 9 370
American 22 332 10 373

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 0.44
6am 1.22
7am 3.68
8am 2.62
9am 2.59
10am 1.31
11am 3.07
12pm 2.11
1pm 2.15
2pm 1.03
3pm 2.38
4pm 2.71
5pm 1
6pm 1.95
7pm 1.7
8pm 2.08
9pm 2.35
10pm 0.45
11pm 0.24

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 1034
February 976
March 1078
April 1104
May 1110
June 1039
July 1096
August 1130
September 1034
October 1104
November 1043
December 1055

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
Tuesday 36.3
Wednesday 36.1
Thursday 37.8
Friday 37
Saturday 26.3
Sunday 35.7

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 80
JetBlue 67
Delta 60
Virgin America 33
Alaska 7

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 15 325 9 351
6am 18 335 15 375
7am 21 329 12 369
8am 22 328 13 368
9am 21 326 10 363
10am 19 329 8 362
11am 22 330 7 363
12pm 20 328 7 359
1pm 21 329 9 363
2pm 19 332 8 362
3pm 31 332 10 376
4pm 26 333 9 374
5pm 29 332 10 375
6pm 28 329 11 377
7pm 33 328 12 381
8pm 32 329 12 379
9pm 25 331 9 370
10pm 21 336 8 370
11pm 24 326 7 364
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.