BTS Q3 Financial Data show a dip in US airline reported profits

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 17, 2014 15:31

BTS Q3 Financial Data show a dip in US airline reported profits

US scheduled passenger airlines reported a net profit of $3.1 billion in the third quarter of 2014, down from $3.6 billion in the second quarter and virtually unchanged from $3.1 billion in the third quarter of 2013, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has reported.

The 27 US scheduled service airlines reported an after-tax net profit as a group for the sixth consecutive quarter.  In addition to the after-tax net profit based on net income reports, the scheduled service passenger airlines reported a $5.5 billion pre-tax operating profit in the third quarter of 2014, virtually unchanged from $5.5 billion in the second quarter and up from $4.7 billion in the third quarter of 2013. The airlines reported a pre-tax operating profit – as a group – for the 15th consecutive quarter.

Total operating revenue for all US passenger airlines in the July-September third-quarter of 2014 was $45.3 billion. Airlines collected $34.3 billion from fares, 75.8 percent of total third-quarter operating revenue.

Total operating expenses for all passenger airlines in the third-quarter of 2014 were $39.8 billion, of which fuel costs accounted for $11.4 billion, or 28.7 percent, and labor costs accounted for $10.5 billion, or 26.3 percent.

In the third quarter, passenger airlines collected a total of $960 million in baggage fees, 2.1 percent of total operating revenue, and $759 million from reservation change fees, 1.7 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.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 17, 2014 15:31