airbazar wrote:jfklganyc wrote:B6 on time rate for June 48%. And that is rounding up. Several flights cancelled each day for maintenance and/or staffing.
Going to be a long hot summer at T5.
I'm no B6 fan. Even though I live outside of Boston I have only flown them twice. However I think that their recent operational problems have little to do with the airline and more to do with where their 2 largest operating hubs are located: BOS and JFK. Bad Summer weather affects both of these airports at nearly the same time. The other problem is that both JFK and BOS have had ongoing runway construction projects and that too is affecting operations at those airports. One of these is bad enough but two is really bad. When both BOS and JFK are impacted, that has the potential to impact 2/3's of their entire operation. Other airlines have their operations far more spread out and diversified. But that is the identity of B6: They are an East Coast airline and I don't think that will ever change. In a way I admire their ability to just roll with it. They sure have their work cut out this Summer.
Every airline in the US has hubs impacted by weather, construction delays, inefficient airport and airspace layouts etc. Since we're also talking UA here, it is not impossible or overly improbable for multiple UA's hubs to experience weather related issues at the same time. You have near daily fog at SFO, high probability for thunderstorms at DEN,IAH,ORD,IAD and EWR in the summer months and any combination therein can be simultaneously impacted. LAX is the notable exception as far as weather is concerned but has a terribly inefficient design and is highly gate constrained. All this and UA has the best ontime rating amongst the US3+WN as posted above. This leads me to logically conclude that if B6 has a roughly 15-20% lower ontime rating than the US3 there is more to than the story than WX and construction.