JetBlue's CEO may have shown his employees that he's a stand-up guy by voluntarily cutting his salary, but the executives of the airline could probably save more money by figuring out a plan for greater efficiency. Research shows that JetBlue was the most-delayed major airline in August, with an on-time arrival rate of 64.7 percent, while the industry average for being on-time was 77.3 percent.
With that kind of failing record, some passengers may be more likely to seek out seats on other airlines. Northwest's on-time arrival record of 85.3 percent outshines JetBlue's August performance, and its punctuality made Northwest the top performer, timing-wise. As for regional carriers, Hawaiian Airlines' 91 percent on-time arrival record makes me want to put on a lei and say aloha!