UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2842 times:
I am at BTV, and their performance here is always delayed, as per the flights I have taken (I haven't flown B6 much, but a couple of rt flights)..
I wonder if we can have a look at this statistically
-Transaero Boeing 737-200
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
Well, jetBlue could definately work on their turn-around procedure, HOw did Southwest do on-time with their short turn around times in the first few years????????????????
jetBlue has just got to get used to teh show, like Southwest has and the other low-fares with short turn-around times.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2593 times:
For 2002, JetBlue flew 99.8% of scheduled flights, better than any other major US carrier (probably than any of the regionals too). Furthermore, their on-time perfomrnace of 85.7% exceeded that of all major carriers.
Personally, I find their completion rate astonishing.
Jeff G From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 431 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
how many flights a day does B6 have?
At the end of this month, B6 will have 184 flights a day.
The rates are not the least bit astonishing when you only have something like 40 planes! That's not a lot of assets to worry about.
You have a good point that it's not really fair to compare a 38 plane fleet to a 500 plane fleet, since it's easier to track your resources when you're smaller. But the flipside is that JetBlue also has fewer resources and connections available to recover service, so it's actually more difficult to get everyone to their destinations (or complete flights) when things go wrong. It's made worse because load factors are quite a bit higher than at competing airlines, so combining flights isn't an option. More, given the fewer flights, a single cancellation at JetBlue has much more impact on the performance numbers than a single cancellation at, say, Delta, so the combination of high completion factor and ontime performance is still impressive, and reasonably accurate for comparison.
Besides, look at most other small airlines. They don't dominate completion factor and ontime performance because of these factors, though you would think so given your assumption. JetBlue really is well run in an operational sense, and being small doesn't make it any easier.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2427 times:
I'll stand by my original statement. There is absolutely no comparison.
Furthermore, JetBlue has spanking new equipment. Except for weather and the occasional staffing screw ups...ontime performance should be much higher(although as primarily a leisure carrier it shouldn't matter much).
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2397 times:
The rates are not the least bit astonishing when you only have something like 40 planes! It's quite a different feat to try and keep 400-700 birds up there daily...and on time. Not to detract from JetBlue..but comparing them to the majors is a joke.
Personally, I disagree. Smaller carriers with a majority of traffic originating from a single hub (eg. JetBlue) tend to see the operations much more adversely affected by poor weather than large hub-and-spoke carriers. And, JFK sees its seasonal share of thunderstorms and snowstorms. Smaller low-fare carriers like JetBlue also tend to have heavier aircraft utilization/fewer spares. It's easier for a larger carrier to juggle aircraft/crew assignments or allot spare aircraft to compensate for out-of-service aircraft. At smaller carriers, one or two out of service aircraft can have a serious impact on the day's schedule.
To be fair, single fleet-type carriers such as JetBlue have an easier time minimizing delays.
In the past, the domino effect was a bigger factor for the hub-and-spoke carriers, but in recent years, most carriers have tightened their guidelines concerning holding flights for connecting passengers.
WN Has them [ACARS] now right?
According to the Air Travel Consumer Report, WN still records manually.