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

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

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

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2006 Rank Network 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 Delta 21.974 21.367 23.624 30.132 32.130 35.880 13.960
2 United 31.130 28.311 24.236 28.167 30.677 33.461 2.331
3 Continental 22.071 20.920 20.762 22.899 26.154 28.461 6.390
4 American 25.247 23.281 22.867 24.647 26.462 28.045 2.798
5 Northwest 23.544 22.009 21.619 23.662 26.943 27.205 3.661
6 Alaska 17.627 18.666 18.944 20.875 21.840 24.994 7.367
7 US Airways 27.123 21.480 21.176 20.173 19.371 22.351 -4.772
  7-Carrier Average 24.818 23.041 22.540 25.198 27.161 29.409 4.591

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