BTS: profit statistics for US carriers

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BTS: profit statistics for US carriers

US scheduled passenger airlines reported a net profit of $7.5 billion in 2014 down, from $12.2 billion in 2013, reports the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

As a group, the 27 US airlines that operated scheduled passenger service in 2014 reported an after-tax net profit for the fifth consecutive year.

In addition to the after-tax net profit based on net income reports, the scheduled service passenger airlines reported a $14.6 billion pre-tax operating profit in 2014, up from $11.3 billion in 2013. As a group, the airlines reported a pre-tax operating profit for the sixth consecutive year.

Net income or loss, and operating profit or loss, are two different measures of airline financial performance. Net income or loss may include non-operating income and expenses, nonrecurring items or income taxes. Operating profit or loss is calculated from operating revenues and expenses before taxes and other nonrecurring items.
Total operating revenue for all US passenger airlines in 2014 was $169.3 billion. Airlines collected $127.5 billion from fares, 75.3 percent of total 2014 operating revenue.

Total operating expenses for all passenger airlines in 2014 were $154.7 billion, of which fuel costs accounted for $43.4 billion, or 28.1 percent, and labor costs accounted for $40.8 billion, or 26.4 percent.

In 2014, passenger airlines collected a total of $3.5 billion in baggage fees, 2.1 percent of total operating revenue, and $3.0 billion from reservation change fees, 1.8 percent of total operating revenue. Fees are included for calculations of net income, operating revenue and operating profit or loss.

Baggage fees and reservation change fees are the only ancillary fees paid by passengers that are reported to BTS as separate items. Other fees, such as revenue from seating assignments and on-board sales of food, beverages, pillows, blankets, and entertainment are combined in different categories and cannot be identified separately.

4th Quarter Results for All Scheduled Passenger Airlines
US scheduled passenger airlines reported a net profit of $241 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from $3.1 billion in the third quarter and down from $7.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013.

As a group, the 27 US scheduled service airlines reported an after-tax net profit for the seventh consecutive quarter.

In addition to the after-tax net profit based on net income reports, the scheduled service passenger airlines reported a $2.0 billion pre-tax operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from $5.5 billion in the third quarter and down from $2.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. As a group, the airlines reported a pre-tax operating profit for the 16th consecutive quarter.

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