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Table 9: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft Low-Cost Carriers Ranked by Third Quarter 2006 Performance

Table 9: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft
Low-Cost 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 Low-Cost 3Q 2001 3Q 2002 3Q 2003 3Q 2004 3Q 2005 3Q 2006 Change
3Q 2001-3Q 2006
1 ATA 6.252 7.177 5.267 6.798 1.074 8.408 2.156
2 America West 4.111 3.862 3.856 4.197 5.252 6.464 2.353
3 Frontier 3.674 3.872 3.983 4.253 4.457 5.358 1.683
4 JetBlue 2.971 5.093 5.346 4.829 5.510 5.271 2.301
5 Spirit 3.596 3.918 3.989 4.165 4.203 4.809 1.213
6 Southwest 3.428 3.523 3.571 3.609 3.918 4.440 1.012
7 AirTran 2.478 2.831 2.970 3.261 3.849 4.159 1.681
  7-Carrier Average 3.675 3.867 3.840 4.047 4.616 4.961 1.286

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