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

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

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

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2006 Rank Low-Cost 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 ATA 25.282 22.253 21.628 31.294 36.405 35.591 10.309
2 America West 17.094 15.213 15.543 16.745 19.961 22.438 5.344
3 Frontier 17.763 15.239 15.689 17.629 19.087 21.974 4.211
4 JetBlue 17.806 19.615 19.249 19.168 21.182 20.112 2.306
5 Spirit 13.046 14.689 15.269 17.281 16.853 18.975 5.929
6 Southwest 13.856 13.948 14.317 14.759 15.626 17.614 3.758
7 AirTran 11.506 11.493 12.054 12.931 15.622 16.180 4.674
  7-Carrier Average 15.404 14.967 15.332 16.765 18.049 19.144 3.740

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