First Quarter 2007
|Northwest||Network** Carrier Average||Northwest's 2007 Rank Among 7 Network Carriers||Comment|
|Measure 1: System Operating Profit/(Loss) per Originating Passenger in Dollars||$27.42||$13.52||1||Network carriers Northwest, Delta, US Airways and American all had operating profits per originating passenger higher than America West, the leading low cost carrier.|
|Measure 2: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Originating Passenger in Dollars||$312||$331||3||The network carriers' aggressive downsizing in operations reduced other costs, partially offsetting the rise in fuel expense.|
|Measure 3: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft in Millions of Dollars||$6.283||$6.836||3||Network operating expenses per aircraft increased 24 percent from 2002 as that group moved towards more international flying which requires larger and more expensive aircraft.|
|Measure 4: Passenger Revenue per Originating Passenger (excluding Regional Jet Contract Revenue) in dollars||$293||$302||5||Network and low-cost carriers benefited from fare increases that began in mid-2005. Network carrier revenue per passenger rose 2 percent from 2002 to 2005 and 18 percent from 2005 to 2007.|
|Measure 5: Full-Time Equivalent Employees* per Aircraft||102||99||5||The industry showed a wide-range of performance, with AirTran's 59 FTEs per aircraft, the fewest of any carrier, about half the 113 FTEs reported by United.|
|Measure 6: Average Monthly Available Seat-Miles (ASMs) per Full-Time Equivalent Employee* in millions of ASMs||243||212||1||Both the network carriers and low-cost airlines substantially improved productivity with more ASMs generated per FTE from 2002 to 2007.|
|Measure 7: Average Monthly Revenue Aircraft Minutes per Full-Time Equivalent Employee* in Minutes||180||159||2||The network carriers improved by 31 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*||86||69||3||In 2007, the low-cost carriers generated 166 originating passengers per FTE employee compared to 69 passengers per FTE for the network airlines.|
|Measure 9: Fuel Cost in Dollars per Originating Passenger||$92||$93||4||The low-cost group paid $55 less in fuel costs per originating passenger than the network carriers in 2007.|
|Measure 10: Average Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation (Salaries + Benefits) per Originating Passenger in dollars||$86||$100||3||The financially stronger low-cost carrier group's compensation expenses increased a modest $3 per originating passenger, reflecting wage increases for the group's increasingly senior work force partially offset by sustained operational efficiencies.|
|Measure 11: Average Annual Full-Time Equivalent Employee* Compensation (Salaries + Benefits) in dollars||$88,646||$83,374||1||From 2002 to 2007, low-cost carrier annual compensation costs rose 43 percent while network airline costs declined 0.8 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.