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Air Carrier Profile

Notes: 

Domestic encompasses operations within and between the 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  It also encompasses Canadian and Mexican transborder operations (U.S. airlines only).  All other operations are considered international. 

Data in the Financial and Performance (excluding International Air Passengers) sectins was revised for 1990 to 2005 to be consistent with the online source as of Nov. 2, 2007.

Description: 

KEY:  N = data do not exist; R = revised; U = data are not available. 

a  Some totals include data not in the table; thus totals may not equal sum of table data. 

b  Includes scheduled and nonscheduled (charter) operators. By Sec. 2 of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 "charter air carrier" and "charter air transportation" replaced supplemental air carriers and supplemental air transportation, which were formerly Sec. 101(36) and (37) of the Act.  The 24 pre-deregulation supplemental carriers now have scheduled service authority. 

c  Total includes only those carriers who have reported employment statistics to BTS' Office of Airline Information. Full-time equivalent employees count two part-time employees as one full-time equivalent employee. Prior to 1980, there was no breakout for part-time employees so earlier numbers will overstate full-time equivalent employees.

d  Data does not include small-certificated and commuter carriers prior to 2002. Small-certificated and commuter carriers began reporting T1 data in January of 2002 for Alaskan carriers and in October of 2002 for the remainder of the U.S.

e  Passenger travel totals do not include Canada because the source does not record departures and arrivals to and from Canada.

f  Total Revenue Ton-Miles includes passenger, freight, express, and mail.

g  Total revenue ton-miles of freight includes freight, express, and mail.

Source: 

Unless otherwise noted, refer to chapter tables for sources.

1 1960-1970:  Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 and 1973 (Washington, DC), pp. 69 and 71.  1980:  Civil Aeronautics Board, Air Carrier Financial Statistics, December 1981 (Washington, DC), pp. 3/28, 42, and 44.  1990-2006:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Air Carrier Financial Reports, Schedules P11 and P12, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/databases.asp?Mode_ID=1&Mode_Desc=Aviation&..., as of Nov. 2, 2007

2 1960:  U.S. Department of Transportation,  Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, http://www.bts.gov/oai/employees/employcov.html as of Oct. 14, 2003. 1970-2006:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/number_of_employees/cert... as of Nov. 2, 2007.

3  Ibid., personal communication, Oct. 17, 2003, Sept. 10, 2004, Feb. 1, 2007, and Nov. 2, 2007

4 1960-1970:  Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 and 1973 (Washington, DC), Part III, tables 2, 4, 7, and 13. 1980:  Civil Aeronautics Board, Air Carrier Financial Statistics, December 1981 (Washington, DC), pp. 2, 5, 46, and 86. 1990-2006:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T1: U.S. Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Summary by Service Class, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Tables.asp?DB_ID=130&DB_Name=Air%20Carrier%..., as of Nov. 2, 2007

5 See sources 1 and 4.

6 1960-70:  U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Report of Passenger Travel Between the U.S. and Foreign Countries, 1960, 1970 (Washington, DC).  1980-2006:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. International Air Travel Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables IIa and IId.  2006: U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, U.S. International Air Travel Statistics.

7 National Transportation Safety Board, Internet site http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/stats.htm as of November 2007 and personal communication.

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Air Carrier Profile