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Table 12: Average Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft Low-Cost Ranked by First Quarter 2006 Performance

Table 12: Average Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft
Low-Cost
Ranked by First Quarter 2006 Performance

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1Q 2006 Rank Low-Cost Carriers 1Q 2001 1Q 2002 1Q 2003 1Q 2004 1Q 2005 1Q 2006 Change
1Q 2001-1Q 2006
1 ATA 164 127 108 104 105 124 −40
2 Frontier 90 86 78 98 91 96 6
3 JetBlue 127 98 102 96 97 95 −32
4 America West 92 79 80 82 85 83 −9
5 Southwest 85 90 89 81 74 70 −15
6 AirTran 80 73 75 73 67 64 −16
7 Spirit 67 78 80 77 72 62 −5
  7-Carrier Average 92 89 88 84 80 77 −15

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data and T-100 Market Data.

* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two art-time employees as one full-time employee.