Selecting an airline for a trip

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

When planning a trip around the U.S. or abroad, we often consider airlines as a method of transportation. Everyone has their own requirements when choosing an airline: Seat availability, ticket price, leg room and food choices often play a major role. If you are planning a business trip, things like punctuality and proper baggage handling become more important.

Business buyers most value punctuality, value-for-money and schedule in their airline services, according to data from and Business Travel News. This survey was conducted in 2014 among business travel managers, who rated the importance of each service. A rating of one corresponds to “not at all important” and six to “extremely important.”

On-time performance corresponds to the percentage of flights arriving or departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival or departure time. According to OAG Punctuality league data, Hawaiian Airlines was ranked first in on-time performance among North American airlines with nearly 90 percent of flights arriving on time.  Next came Alaska Airlines (86.05 percent) and Delta Airlines (84.29 percent). American Airlines had the highest number of registered arrivals in the system (over 250 million) and showed an on-time performance of 78.44 percent.

Data provided by and the U.S. Department of Transportation also shows the U.S. airlines with the lowest mishandled bags rate. This set of companies is very similar to the previous one, with the addition of JetBlue and Spirit airlines. According to this ranking, previous leader Hawaiian Airlines took fifth place with approximately 2.65 mishandled bags per 1,000 in 2015. Virgin America showed the lowest mishandling rate overall: less than one bag per 1,000.

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About Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Alexander is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. He currently holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Math. He has experience working for industry major companies performing research in the fields of machine learning, data mining and natural language processing. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing and traveling.

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