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4th-Quarter 2010 Airline Financial Data; Network, Low-Cost and Regional Airlines Report Profits

4th-Quarter 2010 Airline Financial Data; Network, Low-Cost and Regional Airlines Report Profits

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Scheduled Passenger Airline Profit/Loss and Revenue from Baggage, Reservation Change Fees 1Q 2008-4Q 2010

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Scheduled Passenger Airline Profit/Loss and Revenue from Baggage, Reservation Change Fees 1Q 2008-4Q 2010

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Scheduled passenger airlines' profit margin of 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 was the lowest since the first quarter of 2010, BTS reported today in a release of preliminary data.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the network airlines reported an operating profit margin of 2.6 percent as a group in the October-to-December period, their third consecutive profitable quarter (Table 1). The low-cost group's profit margin of 5.1 percent was the lowest since the first quarter of 2010. The low-cost group last reported a loss margin in the third quarter of 2008. See Airline Financial Data Press Releases for historic data.

For other fourth-quarter 2010 financial data with comparisons to previous quarters for carrier groups and for the largest network, low-cost and regional airlines, see the following tables:

Operating Profit/Loss Margins Table 1, Table 2, Table 3 and Table 4
Baggage Fees Table 1A
Reservation Change Fees Table 1B
Fees Compared to Profit/Loss Table 1C
Miscellaneous Operating Revenue (frequent flyer award program mileage sales and pet transportation fees) Table 1D
Ancillary Revenue Table 1E
Ancillary Revenue Compared to Total Operating Revenue Table 1F
Fuel Costs Table 5, Table 6, Table 7 and Table 8
Unit Costs Table 9, Table 10, Table 11 and Table 12
Unit Revenues Table 13, Table 14, Table 15 and Table 16
Passenger Revenue Yield Table 17, Table 18, Table 19 and Table 20

Baggage fees and reservation change fees are the only ancillary fees paid by passengers that are reported to BTS as separate items. Other fees, such as revenue from seating assignments and on-board sales of food, beverages, pillows, blankets, and entertainment are reported in a different category with other items and cannot be identified separately.

For additional fee data, see tables for baggage fees and reservation change fees. For additional Miscellaneous Operating Revenue data, go to BTS Schedule P-1.2.

Reporting Notes

This release consists of domestic and international, or system, financial reports for the airlines. For additional revenue and operating profit/loss numbers, go to the BTS home page and use the links in the Airline Industry box.

Airline financial data from the fourth quarter of 2010 and previous quarters are posted on the BTS website. Data are compiled from quarterly financial and monthly traffic reports filed with BTS by commercial air carriers.

Financial and traffic data are preliminary and include data received by BTS as of June 23. Revised carrier data and late data filings will be made available monthly on TranStats on the Monday following the second Tuesday of the month. Data are subject to revision. The release date for first quarter 2011 financial data has not been scheduled.

Table 1: Passenger Airline System* Quarterly Operating Profit/Loss Margin (In Percent)

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Margin

(Operating Profit/(Loss) as Percent of Total Operating Revenue)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline Group 4th Quarter 2009 (%) 1st Quarter 2010 (%) 2nd Quarter 2010 (%) 3rd Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter Operating Profit/Loss $(Millions)
1 Low-Cost 3.9 2.4 9.9 11.0 5.1 286
2 Regional 5.5 3.8 6.1 7.4 2.7 49
3 Network -1.2 -0.7 9.0 10.5 2.6 668
  21-Carrier Total 0.2 0.0 9.0 10.4 3.0 1,003

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2

* System = domestic + international

Table 1A: Baggage Fee Collections

Airlines Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Baggage Fee Revenue

Dollars in millions (000,000)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Percent Change 4Q 2009-4Q 2010 (%)
1 Delta* 131.1 217.8 256.0 259.5 219.1 67.1
2 American 129.2 128.5 152.1 151.2 148.9 15.2
3 US Airways 122.5 120.7 135.6 131.8 125.5 2.4
4 Continental 69.7 76.6 91.0 90.5 83.5 19.8
5 United 64.6 71.1 84.8 83.9 73.4 13.6
6 AirTran 34.3 35.0 39.2 38.1 39.8 16.0
7 Alaska 21.8 21.2 25.4 34.4 28.0 28.4
8 Spirit 14.3 16.0 16.8 22.9 25.7 79.7
9 Frontier 14.4 13.9 15.5 14.7 18.0 25.0
10 Hawaiian 11.4 11.8 13.5 15.1 13.8 21.1
  Industry Total** 741.6 768.5 891.8 906.4 828.8 11.8

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2.

* ** Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, reported combined numbers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010. For previous Northwest reports, see Financial Press Releases

** 20 carriers reported baggage fee revenue in 4Q 2010

Note: For other carriers and additional historic data, go to Passenger Baggage at BTS Schedule P-12

Table 1B: Reservation Change Fee Collections

Airlines Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Reservation Change Fee Revenue

Dollars in millions (000,000)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Percent Change 4Q 2009-4Q 2010 (%)
1 Delta* 106.5 165.3 181.8 183.3 168.2 57.9
2 American 104.0 114.4 121.0 117.7 118.3 13.8
3 United 71.2 74.7 83.7 84.7 78.5 10.3
4 US Airways 57.3 62.7 65.6 63.6 61.2 6.8
5 Continental 52.6 58.9 61.1 61.0 56.4 7.2
6 JetBlue 30.4 25.8 30.0 29.0 29.3 -3.6
7 AirTran 13.5 14.2 12.2 11.9 12.1 -10.4
8 Alaska 13.4 13.5 12.7 13.3 10.9 -18.7
9 Spirit 5.9 5.6 5.4 5.6 6.5 10.2
10 Virgin America 3.8 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.8 26.3
  Industry Total** 565.6 553.9 593.6 590.4 559.5 -1.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2.

* Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, reported combined numbers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010. For previous Northwest reports, see Financial Press Releases

** 19 carriers reported reservation cancellation fee revenue in 4Q 2010

Note: For other carriers and additional historic data, go to Reservation Cancellation Fees at BTS Schedule P-12

Table 1C: Scheduled Passenger Airline Profit/Loss and Revenue from Baggage, Reservation Change Fees 1Q 2008-4Q 2010

Dollars in Millions (000,000)

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  Profit/Loss* Fee Revenue**
1Q 2008 -1,324 499
2Q 2008 -1,663 577
3Q 2008 -1,578 784
4Q 2008 -1,397 958
1Q 2009 -659 1,165
2Q 2009 361 1,276
3Q 2009 685 1,353
4Q 2009 61 1,307
1Q 2010 12 1,322
2Q 2010 3,088 1,485
3Q 2010 3,740 1,497
4Q 2010 1,003 1,388

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Schedule P 1.2

* Profit/Loss of the 6 network, 7 low-cost and 7 regional airlines with highest revenue. Includes 4 airlines that did not report fees.

** Fee revenue for airlines reporting either baggage or reservation change fees. 21 airlines reported fees in 2010. Includes 6 airlines not listed in profit/loss column. 16 airlines are included in both columns.

Table 1D: Miscellaneous Operating Revenue*

Airlines Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Miscellaneous Operating Revenue

Dollars in millions (000,000)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Percent Change 4Q 2009-4Q 2010 (%)
1 Delta** 188.1 209.0 243.8 250.3 240.5 27.9
2 Southwest 150.4 160.7 193.7 205.0 216.7 44.1
3 US Airways 51.9 54.7 54.4 53.7 47.5 -8.5
4 Spirit 15.9 18.4 19.7 26.7 35.6 123.9
5 American 20.1 18.1 19.2 23.0 19.3 -4.0
6 AirTran 13.3 13.3 14.1 14.2 16.3 22.6
7 American Eagle 6.7 7.3 10.0 11.3 10.5 56.7
8 United 10.4 9.6 10.6 11.5 9.8 -5.8
9 Frontier 1.1 1.1 2.5 1.3 9.4 1,060.5
10 Alaska 7.0 6.9 8.2 8.9 9.4 34.3
  Industry Total*** 483.4 534.4 618.4 654.0 643.8 33.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2.

* Miscellaneous operating revenue includes pet transportation, sale of frequent flyer award miles to airline business partners and standby passenger fees.

** Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, reported combined numbers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010. For previous Northwest reports, see Financial Press Releases

*** 27 carriers reported miscellaneous operating revenue in 4Q 2010

Note: For other carriers and additional historic data, go to Miscellaneous Operating Revenue at BTS Schedule P-12

Table 1E: Ancillary Revenue*

Airlines Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Ancillary Revenue

Dollars in millions (000,000)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Percent Change 4Q 2009-4Q 2010 (%)
1 Delta** 425.7 592.1 681.6 693.1 627.7 47.5
2 American 253.3 261.1 292.3 291.8 286.5 13.1
3 US Airways 231.8 238.1 255.6 249.0 234.1 1.0
4 Southwest 157.2 167.5 201.7 212.7 224.0 42.5
5 United 146.2 155.5 179.1 180.1 161.7 10.6
6 Continental 129.1 142.8 160.7 160.5 146.9 13.8
7 AirTran 61.2 62.5 65.5 64.3 68.1 11.3
8 Spirit 36.1 40.0 41.9 55.3 67.8 87.8
9 Alaska 42.2 41.6 46.3 56.6 48.3 14.5
10 JetBlue 48.1 42.5 47.7 49.3 47.2 -1.9
  Industry Total*** 1,790.6 1,856.9 2,103.8 2,150.8 2,032.1 13.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2.

* Ancillary revenue includes baggage fees, reservation change fees and miscellaneous operating revenue. Revenue from seating assignments and on-board sales of food, drink, pillows, blankets, entertainment, or any other ancillary items are reported as either Transport Related Revenue or Passenger Revenue and cannot be identified separately.

** Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, reported combined numbers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010. For previous Northwest reports, see Financial Press Releases

*** 28 carriers reported baggage fee, reservation change fee or miscellaneous operating revenue in 4Q 2010 (the sum of all carriers that reported in any one of the three categories)

Note: For other carriers and additional historic data, go to Baggage Fees, Reservation Cancellation Fees or Miscellaneous Operating Revenue at BTS Schedule P-12

Table 1F: Ancillary Revenue Compared to Total Operating Revenue*

Airlines Ranked by Percent of 4th Quarter 2010 Operating Revenue from Ancillary Fees

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Percentage Point Change 4Q 2009-4Q 2010
1 Spirit 21.0 21.7 24.2 26.9 31.4 10.4
2 AirTran 10.2 10.3 9.3 9.6 10.6 0.4
3 Allegiant 8.8 9.9 9.9 9.7 8.8 0.0
4 Delta** 9.5 8.6 8.3 7.7 8.0 -1.5
5 Virgin America 8.2 8.5 7.7 7.6 8.0 -0.2
6 US Airways 8.6 8.7 7.9 7.7 7.9 -0.7
7 Southwest 5.8 6.4 6.4 6.7 7.2 1.4
8 Hawaiian 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.5 6.1 -0.6
9 Alaska 5.9 5.9 6.3 7.4 5.6 -0.3
10 Horizon 2.9 3.0 5.6 6.1 5.5 2.6
  Industry Total*** 5.8 6.0 6.0 5.8 6.1 0.3

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2.

* Delta Air Lines, after completing its merger with Northwest Airlines, reported combined numbers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010. For previous Northwest reports, see Financial Press Releases

*** 28 carriers reported baggage fee, reservation change fee or miscellaneous operating revenue in 4Q 2010 (the sum of all carriers that reported in any one of the three categories)

Note: For other carriers and additional historic data, go to Miscellaneous Operating Revenue at BTS Schedule P-12

Table 2: Network Airline System* Quarterly Operating Profit/Loss Margin (In Percent)

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Margin

(Operating Profit/(Loss) as Percent of Total Operating Revenue)

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4Q 2010 Rank Network Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 (%) 1st Quarter 2010 (%) 2nd Quarter 2010 (%) 3rd Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter Operating Profit/Loss $(Millions)
1 Alaska 3.4 5.2 15.5 20.0 10.5 90
2 Delta -2.1 1.6 11.2 13.3 5.0 390
3 US Airways 1.0 -0.4 11.1 9.6 4.0 118
4 United 1.9 2.2 10.2 10.5 1.7 84
5 American -8.5 -6.4 2.8 5.0 0.4 23
6 Continental -0.2 -2.3 8.7 10.8 -1.1 -38
7 Northwest 4.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  7-Carrier Total -1.2 -0.7 9.0 10.5 2.6 668

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2

* System = domestic + international

Table 3: Low-Cost Airline System* Quarterly Operating Profit/Loss Margin (In Percent)

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Margin

(Operating Profit/(Loss) as Percent of Total Operating Revenue)

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4Q 2010 Rank Low-Cost Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 (%) 1st Quarter 2010 (%) 2nd Quarter 2010 (%) 3rd Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter Operating Profit/Loss $(Millions)
1 Allegiant 11.7 20.0 13.9 9.3 11.1 18
2 Spirit 12.4 13.1 -1.3 11.0 10.2 22
3 Southwest 6.2 2.1 11.5 11.1 6.9 216
4 JetBlue 7.6 4.8 10.1 14.3 6.4 60
5 AirTran 4.4 0.5 9.7 8.5 0.0 1
6 Frontier -4.6 -8.1 -0.1 5.1 -4.1 -16
7 Virgin America -8.2 -13.1 6.1 10.4 -7.3 -13
  7-Carrier Total 5.5 2.4 9.9 11.0 5.1 286

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2

* System = domestic + international

Table 4: Regional Airline System* Quarterly Operating Profit/Loss Margin (In Percent)

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Margin

(Operating Profit/(Loss) as Percent of Total Operating Revenue)

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4Q 2010 Rank Regional Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 (%) 1st Quarter 2010 (%) 2nd Quarter 2010 (%) 3rd Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter 2010 (%) 4th Quarter Operating Profit/Loss $(Millions)
1 Comair -5.0 8.4 7.4 12.0 9.4 9
2 SkyWest 7.6 5.8 7.1 9.4 7.9 38
3 Amrican Eagle 7.4 5.2 7.4 9.9 7.8 41
4 Atlantic Southeast 8.1 8.1 8.0 5.4 5.3 11
5 Mesa 0.7 2.9 9.8 5.2 4.8 9
6 Horizon 4.3 0.9 4.2 7.7 1.2 2
7 ExpressJet -9.9 -7.8 -4.3 -2.1 -30.3 -60
  7-Carrier Total 3.9 3.8 6.1 7.4 2.7 49

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2

* System = domestic + international

Table 5: Passenger Airline System* Fuel Costs Per Available Seat-Mile

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Fuel Cost Per ASM (Cents Per Mile)

(Fuel Expense Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline Group 4th Quarter 2005 4th Quarter 2009 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Pct. Change 4Q 2005-4Q 2010 Percent Of Operating Costs for Fuel 4th Quarter Fuel Expense $(Millions)
2005 2010
1 Network 3.37 3.26 3.54 3.76 11.6 24.6 24.8 6,178
2 Low-Cost 2.36 3.20 3.41 3.67 55.5 27.5 32.5 1,743
3 Regional 4.34 2.46 2.22 1.96 -54.8 31.5 16.1 289
  21-Carrier Total 3.28 3.20 3.43 3.62 10.4 25.5 25.6 8,210

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P6

* System = domestic + international

Table 6: Network Airline System* Fuel Costs Per Available Seat-Mile

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Fuel Cost Per ASM (Cents Per Mile)

(Fuel Expense Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Network Airlines 4th Quarter 2005 4th Quarter 2009 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Pct. Change 4Q 2005-4Q 2010 Percent Of Operating Costs for Fuel 4th Quarter Fuel Expense $(Millions)
2005 2010
1 Delta 3.35 3.48 3.66 3.91 16.7 23.8 25.9 1,925
2 United 3.35 3.03 3.84 3.91 16.7 25.5 24.5 1,174
3 American 3.35 3.58 3.61 3.87 15.5 25.6 26.5 1,474
4 US Airways 3.36 3.04 3.25 3.58 6.5 21.6 21.9 624
5 Alaska 3.01 2.85 3.04 3.38 12.3 27.4 27.4 211
6 Continental 3.17 2.86 3.15 3.30 4.1 23.5 22.2 770
7 Northwest 3.80 3.51 N/A N/A N/A 25.1 N/A N/A
  7-Carrier Total 3.37 3.26 3.54 3.76 11.6 24.6 24.8 6,178

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P6

* System = domestic + international

Table 7: Low-Cost Airline System* Fuel Costs Per Available Seat-Mile

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Fuel Cost Per ASM (Cents Per Mile)

(Fuel Expense Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Low-Cost Airlines 4th Quarter 2005 4th Quarter 2009 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Pct. Change 4Q 2005-4Q 2010 Percent Of Operating Costs for Fuel 4th Quarter Fuel Expense $(Millions)
2005 2010
1 Allegiant 3.60 3.68 3.94 4.41 22.5 46.8 44.4 61
2 AirTran 3.57 3.29 3.28 3.80 6.4 36.3 34.5 222
3 Southwest 1.96 3.37 3.62 3.79 93.4 23.4 32.4 940
4 Frontier 3.23 2.76 2.83 3.45 6.8 29.5 23.0 92
5 JetBlue 2.39 2.91 3.21 3.39 41.8 32.8 33.0 290
6 Virgin America N/A 2.86 3.04 3.33 N/A N/A 33.3 68
7 Spirit 3.14 2.69 2.90 3.24 3.2 29.5 36.1 70
  7-Carrier Total 2.36 3.20 3.41 3.67 55.5 27.5 32.5 1,743

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P6

* System = domestic + international

Table 8: Regional Airline System* Fuel Costs Per Available Seat-Mile

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Fuel Cost Per ASM (Cents Per Mile)

(Fuel Expense Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Regional Airlines 4th Quarter 2005 4th Quarter 2009 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 Pct. Change 4Q 2005-4Q 2010 Percent Of Operating Costs for Fuel 4th Quarter Fuel Expense $(Millions)
2005 2010
1 American Eagle 5.40 5.60 5.56 6.04 11.9 34.6 34.5 174
2 Horizon 3.01 4.04 4.17 4.67 55.1 18.0 21.5 36
3 Mesa 4.19 3.80 4.16 4.66 11.2 36.8 33.5 55
4 SkyWest 5.07 1.55 1.85 1.95 -61.5 35.5 18.2 80
5 ExpressJet 1.73 0.12 0.42 0.65 -62.4 14.7 7.0 18
6 Atlantic Southeast 5.28 0.02 0.26 0.30 -94.3 39.1 3.0 6
7 Comair 5.66 5.13 0.00 0.00 N/A 36.6 0.0 0
  7-Carrier Total 4.34 2.46 2.22 1.96 -54.8 31.5 16.1 289

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P6

* System = domestic + international

Table 9: Passenger Airline System* Unit Costs

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Costs (Cents Per Mile)

(Operating Expenses Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline Group 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Expenses $(Millions)
1 Network 14.9 14.7 14.5 14.2 15.1 24,881
2 Regional 12.5 12.0 11.4 11.1 12.2 1,798
3 Low-Cost 10.3 10.6 10.5 10.4 11.3 5,361
  21-Carrier Total 13.8 13.7 13.4 13.2 14.2 32,040

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 10: Network Airline System* Unit Costs

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Costs (Cents Per Mile)

(Operating Expenses Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Network Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Expenses $(Millions)
1 US Airways 16.0 16.5 15.7 15.4 16.4 2,853
2 United 14.2 14.7 14.9 14.9 16.0 4,797
3 Delta 15.8 14.9 14.4 14.1 15.1 7,432
4 Continental 13.9 14.1 13.9 13.6 14.9 3,471
5 American 14.9 14.6 14.3 13.9 14.6 5,558
6 Alaska 12.7 12.6 12.1 11.7 12.4 770
7 Northwest 15.3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  7-Carrier Total 14.9 14.7 14.5 14.2 15.1 24,881

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 11: Low-Cost Airline System* Unit Costs

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Costs (Cents Per Mile)

(Operating Expenses Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Low-Cost Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Expenses $(Millions)
1 Frontier 11.1 9.1 11.0 11.1 15.0 401
2 Southwest 10.8 11.4 11.0 11.1 11.7 2,898
3 AirTran 9.9 10.6 10.1 9.8 11.0 645
4 JetBlue 9.6 9.8 9.7 9.7 10.3 879
5 Virgin America 9.5 9.4 9.2 9.3 10.0 205
6 Allegiant 9.2 8.7 8.9 8.9 9.9 138
7 Spirit 8.2 8.8 9.2 8.3 9.0 194
  7-Carrier Total 10.3 10.6 10.5 10.4 11.3 5,361

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 12: Regional Airline System* Unit Costs

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Costs (Cents Per Mile)

(Operating Expenses Per Available Seat Mile in cents)

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4Q 2010 Rank Regional Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Expenses $(Millions)
1 Horizon 19.9 20.0 19.6 20.0 21.7 168
2 American Eagle 19.1 19.6 17.1 16.0 16.7 483
3 Mesa 14.1 13.8 13.1 12.8 13.9 165
4 SkyWest 10.4 11.3 10.5 10.2 10.7 441
5 Atlantic Southeast 9.7 10.8 9.2 9.2 10.3 195
6 ExpressJet 7.1 7.3 6.8 7.0 9.2 258
7 Comair 15.2 9.9 8.9 8.4 8.5 88
  7-Carrier Total 12.5 12.0 11.4 11.1 12.2 1,798

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 13: Passenger Airline System* Unit Revenue

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Revenue (Cents Per ASM)

(Operating Revenue Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline Group 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Revenue $(Millions)
1 Network 14.7 14.6 15.9 15.8 15.6 25,549
2 Regional 13.0 12.5 12.5 12.0 12.6 1,847
3 Low-Cost 10.9 10.8 11.6 11.7 11.9 5,647
  21-Carrier Total 13.8 13.7 14.8 14.7 14.6 33,043

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 14: Network Airline System* Unit Revenue

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Revenue (Cents Per ASM)

(Operating Revenue Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Network Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Revenue $(Millions)
1 US Airways 16.1 16.4 17.6 17.0 17.1 2,971
2 United 14.5 15.0 16.6 16.7 16.3 4,881
3 Delta 15.4 15.1 16.2 16.3 15.9 7,822
4 Continental 13.9 13.8 15.3 15.2 14.7 3,433
5 American 13.7 13.7 14.8 14.6 14.7 5,581
6 Alaska 13.1 13.3 14.3 14.6 13.8 860
7 Northwest 16.0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  7-Carrier Total 14.7 14.6 15.9 15.8 15.6 25,549

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 15: Low-Cost Airline System* Unit Revenue

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Revenue (Cents Per ASM)

(Operating Revenue Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Low-Cost Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Revenue $(Millions)
1 Frontier 9.4 8.4 11.0 11.7 14.4 385
2 Southwest 11.5 11.6 12.0 12.5 12.6 3,114
3 Allegiant 10.6 10.9 10.3 9.8 11.2 156
4 AirTran 10.3 10.7 11.2 10.7 11.0 646
5 JetBlue 10.3 10.3 10.8 1.3 11.0 939
6 Spirit 10.4 10.1 9.1 9.4 10.0 216
7 Virgin America 10.6 8.3 9.8 10.4 9.3 192
  7-Carrier Total 10.9 10.8 11.6 11.7 11.9 5,647

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 16: Regional Airline System* Unit Revenue

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Unit Revenue (Cents Per ASM)

(Operating Revenue Per Available Seat Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Regional Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Operating Revenue $(Millions)
1 Horizon 20.8 20.0 20.5 21.6 21.9 170
2 American Eagle 20.6 19.6 18.5 17.7 18.2 524
3 Mesa 14.2 14.2 14.5 13.5 14.6 174
4 SkyWest 11.2 11.3 11.3 11.2 11.6 479
5 Atlantic Southeast 10.5 10.8 10.0 9.7 10.9 206
6 Comair 14.5 10.8 9.6 9.5 9.4 97
7 ExpressJet 6.4 6.7 6.6 6.8 7.1 198
  7-Carrier Total 13.0 12.3 12.5 12.0 12.6 1,847

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 17: Airline System* Passenger Revenue Yield

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Revenue Yield (Cents Per RPM)

(Passenger Revenue Per Revenue Passenger Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Airline Group 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Passenger Revenue $(Millions)
1 Regional 16.7 16.6 14.9 14.7 15.9 1,815
2 Network 12.1 12.6 13.0 13.0 13.1 17,720
3 Low-Cost 12.5 12.6 12.9 12.7 13.1 5,059
  21-Carrier Total 12.5 12.9 13.1 13.1 13.3 24,594

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 18: Network Airline System* Passenger Revenue Yield

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Revenue Yield (Cents Per RPM)

(Passenger Revenue Per Revenue Passenger Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Network Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Passenger Revenue $(Millions)
1 American 12.7 13.4 13.3 13.3 13.5 4,195
2 United 11.9 12.4 13.4 13.3 13.4 3,325
3 Delta 11.9 12.3 12.6 13.0 13.0 5,242
4 Continental 11.9 12.3 12.8 12.8 13.0 2,492
5 US Airways 12.2 12.7 12.9 12.6 12.7 1,809
6 Alaska 12.3 12.4 13.1 13.1 12.6 657
7 Northwest 11.8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  7-Carrier Total 12.1 12.6 13.0 13.0 13.1 17,720

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 19: Low-Cost Airline System* Passenger Revenue Yield

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Revenue Yield (Cents Per RPM)

(Passenger Revenue Per Revenue Passenger Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Low-Cost Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Passenger Revenue $(Millions)
1 Frontier 10.1 8.1 10.0 11.8 15.3 340
2 Southwest 13.8 14.1 14.5 14.2 14.2 2,853
3 AirTran 11.9 12.4 12.2 11.5 12.2 576
4 JetBlue 11.7 12.1 11.9 12.1 12.1 846
5 Virgin America 9.4 9.9 10.9 11.3 10.2 174
6 Allegiant 9.3 9.5 8.9 8.6 9.9 123
7 Spirit 9.4 9.8 8.6 8.1 8.1 147
  7-Carrier Total 12.5 12.6 12.9 12.7 13.1 5,059

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international

Table 20: Regional Airlines System* Passenger Revenue Yield

Ranked by 4th Quarter 2010 Revenue Yield (Cents Per RPM)

(Passenger Revenue Per Revenue Passenger Mile)

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4Q 2010 Rank Regional Airlines 4th Quarter 2009 1st Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2010 3rd Quarter 2010 4th Quarter 2010 4th Quarter Passenger Revenue $(Millions)
1 Horizon 27.3 27.0 25.8 25.3 27.0 160
2 American Eagle 27.8 27.8 23.6 23.0 23.7 512
3 Mesa 18.6 18.7 17.6 16.3 18.2 171
4 SkyWest 14.1 14.6 13.9 13.7 14.5 472
5 Atlantic Southeast 13.5 13.8 12.0 12.1 13.8 205
6 Comair 19.3 15.1 12.2 12.0 12.5 96
7 ExpressJet 7.9 9.0 7.8 8.2 9.0 198
  7-Carrier Total 16.7 16.3 14.9 14.7 15.9 1,815

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedule P1.2. T100; T2 Data

* System = domestic + international