Wonder how the industry is doing as we get their most recent reports? Take a look at what they filed with the US DoT. Here’s the model subscribers get to work with.

Top left chart: In terms of FTEs, Delta was the first to move on bringing people back. This data is through 8/2021 and is quite recent. Could this be why Delta has had few interruptions?

Bottom left chart: Confirmation that the post-2019 dropoff was cataclysmic. It is amazing that any airline has survived this long, absent government support we might have any airlines left. Traffic dropped back to 2005 levels.

Top right chart: In sympathy with ASMS, no surprises. But we can see how big Southwest has become – it’s no small airline from Texas anymore. The big four took the biggest traffic dumps.

Bottom right chart: A key ratio of airline productivity. The higher you are, the more efficient. The top three are Allegiant, Spirit, and Frontier respectively. Even after severe cutbacks in staffing, they remain the most efficient by this metric.


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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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