This was interesting. From the Washington Post. Basically it's ten big numbers that make LCCs tick, from the number of airline passengers to the number of ticketing offices. Here's are some highlights:
Posted on Sun, Mar. 07, 2004
How do low-cost airlines survive?
10 ways fledgling fliers cut costs to underprice `legacy' carriers
KEITH L. ALEXANDER
The Washington Post
That's the minimum number of potential annual airline passengers a city must offer before a low-cost carrier will consider it as a destination.
That's the number of employees per aircraft at Southwest Airlines. And it's the figure the industry typically uses to measure employee productivity.
Compare that with 116 employees per plane at United Airlines, a number the airline achieved last year during its bankruptcy reorganization. The United number had been 173 in 2002, said airline analyst Vaughn Cordle of Airline Forecasts.
That's the percentage of ticket sales JetBlue Airways makes through traditional travel agents. By contrast, travel agents sell 61.2 percent of US Airways tickets. The number is about 50 percent for American Airlines.Selling airline tickets via the Internet, on an airline's site or on a site like Expedia.com is the lowest-cost channel for an airline -- and that's where the majority of low-cost carriers do most of their business.
That's the portion of American Airlines passengers who connect to another flight to reach their final destination. The number is significant because routes that include connections are more expensive than nonstop flights.
23 and 0
This is the number of U.S. cities and foreign countries that JetBlue Airways, the nation's 11th-largest carrier, serves. It's a far cry from the 109 cities and 23 foreign countries reached by the nation's second-largest airline, United, and that's without counting United's code-sharing alliances with other airlines.
$215,000 a year
That's the average salary for a captain at Delta Air Lines. Captains at low-cost carrier AirTran earn, on average, $135,000 a year, although they also receive stock options.
$9.99 an hour
Of the industry average total compensation of $31.23 an hour, $21.24 represents wages and $9.99 benefits, according to compensation consultants Watson Wyatt, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.Bureau statistics show that in general industry, benefits put an employee's total compensation 38 percent above his or her wage base. In the airline sector, benefits generally add 47 percent to salary.
The number of downtown ticket offices low-cost carriers such as Southwest, JetBlue and AirTran operate. US Airways alone has 13 such offices.
$21 an hour
This is the average base pay, excluding benefits, of one of US Airways' 1,930 telephone reservation agents. Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, US Airways had 3,762 reservation agents.The average pay for one of JetBlue Airways' 700 reservation agents is $8.25 an hour.
This is how many types of planes JetBlue flies -- the Airbus 320 jet, period. In 2005, however, the airline will begin taking delivery of 100-seat Embraer 190 regional jets as the airline begins flying into secondary markets. Delta flies 16 kinds of aircraft.
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