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Table 8: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft Network Carriers Ranked by Third Quarter 2006 Performance

Table 8: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft
Network Carriers
Ranked by Third Quarter 2006 Performance

(Cost in Millions of Dollars Excluding Regional Jet Contract Expenses per Aircraft)

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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 United 9.325 7.222 5.948 6.906 7.793 8.636 -0.689
2 Delta 5.632 5.651 5.799 6.493 7.741 8.334 2.703
3 American 6.789 6.524 5.437 6.367 6.954 7.329 0.540
4 Continental 5.520 5.025 5.166 5.862 6.729 7.328 1.809
5 Northwest 5.942 5.434 5.335 5.942 7.145 7.035 1.092
6 Alaska 4.636 4.826 4.733 5.492 5.485 6.706 2.070
7 US Airways 4.455 5.226 5.187 5.189 5.036 6.350 1.896
  7-Carrier Average 6.344 5.985 5.501 6.212 6.967 7.567 1.223

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data