I have just been working out some rough figures for revenue on a BA
. Assuming that the aircraft used was a 744 and all seats occupied at current lowest fares quoted on ba.com there would be
14 First Class @ $6,000 = $84,000
72 Club Class @ $2,250 = $162,000
34 World Traveller Plus @ $520 = $17,680
177 Economy @ $325 = $57,525
Ignoring any cargo (which could yield up to another $10,000 for BA
), the total revenue for a full flight would be $321,205. Assuming that it cost the previously quoted $50,000 for the direct costs of the flight, then that is a potential profit of over $270,000 for BA
before aircraft finance/leasing charges, crew, insurance and other airline overheads.
Of course few flights are 100% full but with 70% load factors we could be looking at a flight operation surplus of $200,000 per flight before aircraft leasing/finance, crew and insurance, so it makes me curious how airlines like Delta can loose so much money, even allowing for the fact that they might have many short haul flights that are not so profitable.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."