Alaska Air's numbers have its multiple Hawaii and southern California routes to thank for it's leading on-time ranking.
What's interesting is if American's maneuvering with the nine-hour flight means it won't have to pay penalties for tarmac delays.
Some of the flights that would have been delayed were simply cancelled, but by and large the threats of fines for delays has radically improved the passenger experience.
Passengers don't love cancelled flights, but the love being stuck on a tarmac for multiple hours even less.
In all fairness, Hawaiian should be removed from the competitive set. They ruin the curve.
The past few winters have proven that a hotel directly connected to Atlanta's domestic terminal would fill up fast when widespread delays begin to impact the world's busiest hub.
The rate of delayed and lost luggage is dropping as passenger numbers rise, but it's necessary to remember that those passengers may also be checking fewer bags due to an increase in fees over the past decade.
Fewer flights arrived on-time in 2013 than 2012, but a recent report by the DOT inspector general suggests that the statistic is not an accurate reflection of reality due to how the data is reported and organized.
Air travel demand is growing faster than the airlines can accommodate due to the military's control of the skies. Commercial airlines will need more air space or fewer flights and better customer service to avoid future outbursts.
Complications from winter storms will significantly cut into airlines' first-quarter profits, but the cuts will be across the board for all major U.S. carriers.