The Crowded state of Commercial Airlines
Sherpa Report, 11 years ago, looked at statistical data as regards commercial flying- lost baggage, cancellations, delays, and so forth. Over a decade later, let's check the recent data from the Transportation Department and figure out whether the situation has changed for the better or whether private flights are still the best alternative.
The latest Department of Transportation Air Travel Reports shows about 81 percent of commercial flights achieved timely arrivals in the months of March an April 2018. This is quite an improvement from 2007 yet the delays and cancellations and delays are still higher than what many travelers would prefer, especially those with tight business schedules. Other findings from the reports include;
- An average improvement of 3 percent on arrivals as of April 2018. The average arrivals for April were at 81.3 percent having improved from the previous year. This means that a 1/5 of all flights got to arrive 15 minutes late their schedule. The most encouraging results were posted by Hawaiian Airlines with on-time arrivals for 87.7 percent of all the flights. This was followed closely by Delta, which had 86.4 percent on-time flight arrivals. On the other end, Jet Blue achieved 67.6 percent on-time arrivals for their flights.
- Flight Cancellations. In April 2018, only 1 percent of domestic flights got canceled, which is an improvement in light of the previous years. The highest rates of cancellations came from Republic and Endeavor Air – which is a subsidiary of the Delta Air- with 2.5 percent and 2.6 respectively. The lowest rate of cancellations was 0.1 percent for Hawaiian Airlines.
- Tarmac Delays. Getting stuck on tarmac is as bad if not worse as a delayed flight. Statistical data indicate international delays of up to 4 hrs and 3 hrs for domestic flights. An Alaskan flight from the JFK Seattle got delayed for about 3 hours, while no international flight met the same criteria for the period of April and March 2018. Passengers were stuck on tarmac for about 3 hrs, 14 minutes on an Allegiant flight to Ogdensburg, NY to Sanford, FL during the month of April.
- Mishandled Baggage. There is a high probability of having your luggage not arriving on time or being damaged even in the event you get to arrive on time yourself. That being as it may, complains have greatly diminished since 2007 with figures currently standing a 1 out of every four hundred travelers experiencing such a challenge.
- Animal injuries. A lot of people like to travel with service animals and pets now than ever. As such, a high incidence rates of animal injuries or deaths have been reported widely in the media. The CNN in a span of one week in the month of March reported an incident where a bulldog from injuries caused after being placed in an overhead baggage compartment. Moreover, two pets even got to the wrong flight with one German Shepherded that arrived in Japan, but not the desired destination, Kansas. The figures of these occurrences are quite low – two injuries in March and one death in April – these stories don't paint a good picture on the affected airlines.
- Other complaints – up to 1,100/ per month - are also received by the transportation department from unsatisfied commercial airline travelers. The complaints include mistreatment of passengers by staff. 73 reports were received in April 2018 touching on mistreatment of passengers having various disabilities amid 6 reported cases of discrimination. March 60 complains related to disabilities and 9 related to discrimination.
Commercial airlines aren't required to make compensation for delays if they are flying within the United States. An exception is however made for if you are bumped from an oversold flight. In case your flight got canceled, then you may be entitled to priority booking on the next available flight or get a refund, which can be in form of an airline voucher. Airlines are not obligated in any case to provide for meals, accommodation or any such compensation in terms of cancellations or delays. Airlines are however required to offer compensation for any lost or damaged luggage though it is not defined how much they should compensate. The rules of engagement require that airlines determine the reasonable amount to give as compensation for lost luggage. You can find more info on this in the Department of Defense website.
Comfort is an issue that should be put into consideration. Commercial flights try to get as much profit as they can from a single flight. This means removing legroom or narrowing seats in order to fit more people. This means a previously comfortable economy class sitting is much more crammed with so little for private space. USA Today reports that “Average pitch in a coach has narrowed by at least 4 inches. Other discount carriers pitch are as narrow as 28 inches. The average seat width have narrowed from 18 inches to less than 17 inches.
The ratio of passenger set occupied in an airline has grown from an average of 70 percent in the year 2002 to 84 percent in 2017 and therefore they are relatively crowded and unfavorable to special persons such as kids and the disabled, who need more space and privacy.
This kind of information will definitely make you think twice about flying commercial. You definitely are better off with a private flight or through a fractional-air craft ownership. You definitely won’t be at the whims of crowded terminals or overbooked flights when you work with private jets with departure set to your convenience. And, you do not have to worry about mechanical mishaps since private airlines are taken care of by respectable aircraft maintenance companies. Customized personal services ensure that you feel executive an exclusive with everything arranged to your liking.