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You may be thinking — that’s news? Aren’t the airlines always posting poor on-time performance? If you were an air traveler in 2007, the second-worst year on record, it certainly may seem that way. After all, one-quarter of all flights were delayed last year. If you were hoping for an improvement in 2008, early indicators aren’t encouraging.

According to the Associated Press (via USA Today), “Nearly one-third of commercial flights in the U.S. arrived late or were canceled in January, up slightly from the same month last year . . . ” This was, however, an improvement over December stats, when nearly 40% of flights were delayed or canceled by the major US carriers.

United Airlines had the worst on-time performance, with just 62% of its flights arriving on schedule. However, if you are headed for Hawaii, there’s good news — Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time arrival rate at 94.1%, followed by Aloha Airlines at 93.2%.


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First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.


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What is the situation this year? I do not use private airlines very often, but I would like to know the situation.

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