The flight time from New York to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 10 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 1 minute early.
23 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 30 minutes in the air
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin
78%
American
77%
Delta
76%
JetBlue
75%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin
6h 4m
JetBlue
6h 5m
Delta
6h 12m
American
6h 15m
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, 16 minutes

Flights Per Week

239

Distance

2475 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND02004006008001,000

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0102030

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
79
JetBlue
62
Delta
59
Virgin
39

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 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 23 minutes
In the Air 330 minutes
Taxiing In 11 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 3 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, Virgin is 78% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 78% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin 78% 21% 1%
American 77% 22% 1%
Delta 76% 23% 1%
JetBlue 75% 24% 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)
Virgin 21 328 10 364
JetBlue 22 329 9 365
Delta 24 328 13 372
American 23 332 12 375

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 0.58
6am 1.08
7am 3.56
8am 2.74
9am 2.84
10am 1.26
11am 2.02
12pm 2.48
1pm 1.71
2pm 0.23
3pm 2.37
4pm 1.95
5pm 1.31
6pm 1.85
7pm 2.36
8pm 2.19
9pm 2.27
10pm 1.19

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 1027
February 916
March 1063
April 1036
May 1061
June 1039
July 1119
August 1096
September 1006
October 1054
November 985
December 1035

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 36.2
Tuesday 33.8
Wednesday 35.5
Thursday 36
Friday 37.1
Saturday 25.7
Sunday 34.9

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 79
JetBlue 62
Delta 59
Virgin 39

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)
5am 17 329 10 359
6am 18 332 18 376
7am 22 330 13 371
8am 23 328 13 371
9am 20 328 11 366
10am 22 331 9 367
11am 19 330 9 362
12pm 18 328 8 359
1pm 20 327 9 361
2pm 20 340 10 378
3pm 30 331 10 374
4pm 25 330 9 371
5pm 27 331 10 374
6pm 27 329 12 376
7pm 28 330 15 381
8pm 29 329 12 379
9pm 25 330 10 373
10pm 24 333 8 371
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.