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Performance Measures: Delta Air Lines Compared to All Network Carriers

Performance Measures: Delta Air Lines Compared to All Network Carriers

2006

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  Delta Network** Carrier Average Delta's 2006 Rank Among 7 Network Carriers Comment
Measure 1: System Operating Profit/(Loss) per Originating Passenger in Dollars $0.76 $12.56 6 All of the network carriers except Delta and Alaska exceeded the profitability per originating passenger of Southwest
Measure 2: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger in Dollars $320 $321 4 The network carriers' aggressive downsizing in operations reduced costs that help offset the parallel rise in fuel expense. Delta's costs rose $43 per passenger.
Measure 3: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft in Millions of Dollars $35.880 $29.409 7 Operating costs per aircraft rose for all the network carriers except United. Delta's rose the most - $2.7 million per aircraft.
Measure 4: Passenger Revenue per Originating Passenger (excluding Regional Jet Contract Revenue) in dollars $282 $293 5 Benefiting from the fare increases of the past 15 months, only American and Northwest had less passenger revenue per originating passenger in 2006 than in 2001. Delta had $55 more revenue per passenger.
Measure 5: Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft 123 103 7 United, American and Delta reported the most FTEs per aircraft. Continental and Delta had the least improvement from 2001 to 2006.
Measure 6: Average Monthly Available Seat-Miles (ASMs) per Full-Time Equivalent Employee* in millions of ASMs 229 218 2 Delta generated 250 million ASMs per FTE, the most of any network carrier and showed the most improvement, 58 percent, from 2001 to 2006.
Measure 7: Average Monthly Revenue Aircraft Minutes per Full-Time Equivalent Employee* in Minutes 161 162 5 The network carriers improved by 40 percent but the low-cost carrier group has a wide advantage over the network airlines in average monthly revenue air minutes per FTE.
Measure 8: Average Monthly Originating Passengers per Full-Time Equivalent Employee* 76 75 4 The network carriers improved performance by 59 percent from 2001 to 2006.
Measure 9: Fuel Cost in Dollars per Originating Passenger $100 $98 5 The network airlines' fuel cost per originating passenger more than doubled in 2006 to $91 per passenger from $39 in 2001. Delta's increase of $66 per passenger was the most of any airline.
Measure 10: Average Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation (Salaries + Benefits) per Originating Passenger in dollars $90 $95 3 The network carrier group reduced labor expense per originating passenger by $41 from 2001 to 2006. Delta cut costs by $26 per passenger.
Measure 11: Average Annual Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation (Salaries + Benefits) in dollars $82,631 $85,310 6 From 2001 to 2006, low-cost carrier annual compensation costs rose 40 percent while network airline costs were up a more modest 8 percent.

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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

** Network carriers operate a significant portion of their flights using at least one hub where connections are made for flights on a spoke system.

*** Low-cost carriers are those that the industry recognizes as operating under a low-cost business model, with fewer infrastructure costs and greater expectations of productivity.