This flight is always delayed, but always shows on-time.

Yesterday, I started off the morning by flying from Washington Reagan Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

It was an early flight – scheduled for a 6:07am departure. I’ve taken this exact same flight before, and I like it because it is generally a lightly flown flight (I guess because it is so darn early), and has a First Class cabin. It’s operated by American Eagle, and departs from the remote stand gates of 35X, down on the lower level. I don’t like departing from remote stand flights, but it is what it is.

Anyways… Every time I have taken this flight – which is probably more than 8 times within the last year – the scheduled departure shows as 6:07am, but the “estimated” time is always 6:15am. Yes, it’s only a matter of 8 minutes difference – both those 8 minutes have mattered to me a lot, because the majority times I’ve taken this route, it is so I can connect on either the 8am Los Angeles or San Fransisco transcon.

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When I messaged American on Twitter, they showed it as “on-time” of 6:15am. Umm…no. It is scheduled for 6:07a. So, why every time that I take this plane is it always delayed those 8 minutes…and further…why is that 8 minute delay still considered on-time. It makes no sense to me, and is something that bugs me consistently about this early morning departure, because I never know if American is playing games with the timing – and, more importantly, whether that will cause me to be late to my onward connection.

American needs to make up their mind on this route – If it departs at 6:07a, fine. If it departs at 6:15a, fine. But, just stick with one time!

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