The flight time from San Francisco to New York is 5 hours, 25 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 56 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives JFK New York, NY 10 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
82%
Alaska
80%
American
79%
JetBlue
77%
Virgin America
77%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

New York to San Francisco
6 hours, 28 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
5h 24m
JetBlue
5h 24m
Virgin America
5h 26m
American
5h 27m
Alaska
5h 32m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

149

Distance

2586 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
47
JetBlue
39
American
30
Virgin America
28
Alaska
6

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 San Francisco 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 296 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives New York 10 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 San Francisco to New York, JetBlue is 77% reliable, which means that JetBlue flights are on time 77% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 82% 17% 1%
Alaska 80% 20% 0%
American 79% 19% 2%
JetBlue 77% 22% 1%
Virgin America 77% 21% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and New York, 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)
Delta 21 292 8 324
JetBlue 18 297 7 324
Virgin America 18 295 9 326
American 19 298 8 327
Alaska 20 302 8 332

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 0.95
7am 2.26
8am 1.66
9am 0.98
11am 2.57
12pm 0.83
1pm 2.13
2pm 0.79
3pm 2.49
4pm 0.93
8pm 0.36
9pm 1.44
10pm 1.21
11pm 2.62

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to New York 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 613
February 593
March 647
April 662
May 687
June 654
July 672
August 681
September 633
October 669
November 624
December 610

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to New York 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 22.8
Tuesday 21.6
Wednesday 21.9
Thursday 23
Friday 22
Saturday 15.4
Sunday 22.2

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
Delta 47
JetBlue 39
American 30
Virgin America 28
Alaska 6

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 28 294 7 331
7am 17 298 6 325
8am 19 294 8 323
9am 19 298 9 328
11am 24 301 9 336
12pm 20 299 11 333
1pm 19 294 8 324
2pm 19 292 9 323
3pm 17 297 8 324
4pm 20 291 7 320
8pm 14 290 6 311
9pm 17 293 7 318
10pm 20 294 7 324
11pm 19 294 8 324
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.