The NY Times reports that about 100 flights have been late 70% or more of the time over the last 12 months. It includes some detail on one American Airlines flight from Newark to Chicago that’s late 84% of the time, with an average delay of an impressive 87 minutes. It’s even more impressive because there are flights to Chicago every 30 minutes or so. There are lots of reasons why airlines can’t do much about flights that are delayed by an hour every. single. day. But the reality of it is summed up by US Airways’ CEO who says that no airline will spread out its flights over the course of the day to reduce delays because then other airlines will benefit.
There’s a great interactive map about delays on the Times’ site has well (thanks to Jon for the heads up)