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Table 15: Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft Low-Cost Carriers Ranked by 2006 Performance

Table 15: Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft
Low-Cost Carriers
Ranked by 2006 Performance

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2006 Rank Low-Cost 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Change
2001-2006
1 ATA 150 118 115 105 111 123 -27
2 Frontier 91 85 85 93 91 94 3
3 America West 85 80 79 82 84 88 3
4 JetBlue 99 108 105 99 98 85 -14
5 Southwest 86 91 87 78 72 69 -17
6 Spirit 71 80 83 78 67 63 -8
7 AirTran 76 74 75 72 68 62 -14
  7-Carrier Average 90 89 87 82 79 75 -15

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

* Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee.