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Table 5: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger Network Carriers Ranked by Third Quarter 2006 Performance

Table 5: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger
Network Carriers
Ranked by Third Quarter 2006 Performance

(Cost in Dollars Excluding Regional Jet Contract Expenses per Originating Passenger)

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3Q 2006 Rank Network 3Q 2001 3Q 2002 3Q 2003 3Q 2004 3Q 2005 3Q 2006 Change
3Q 2001-3Q 2006
1 Continental 278 266 262 282 302 318 40
2 United 416 289 260 255 259 299 -117
3 Delta 233 212 223 226 228 276 43
4 American 364 306 271 252 263 273 -91
5 Northwest 293 257 252 247 282 247 -46
6 US Airways 174 168 168 184 170 225 51
7 Alaska 157 154 159 164 161 204 47
  7-Carrier Average 291 250 238 238 247 272 -19

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data and DB1B Origin & Destination Data