Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2011
2011
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($326) ($15) ($319) ($627) ($313) ($583) ($794) ($901) ($1,077) ($271) ($56) ($903)
CO $204 $195 $5 ($189) $8 ($161) ($293) ($360) ($470) $34 $169 ($362)
DL $19 ($389) ($380) ($766) ($372) ($711) ($975) ($1,108) ($1,328) ($320) ($51) ($1,111)
NW
UA $208 ($5) $198 ($201) $4 ($172) ($310) ($379) ($494) $31 $171 ($381)
US $353 $169 $344 $173 $177 $25 ($94) ($154) ($253) $200 $321 ($155)
HP
WN $307 ($13) $292 ($6) ($309) ($266) ($473) ($578) ($751) $41 $252 ($580)
B6 $191 $84 $186 $86 ($14) $88 ($69) ($104) ($161) $102 $172 ($105)
FL $203 $120 $199 $121 $43 $123 $54 ($27) ($72) $134 $189 ($28)
F9 $93 $59 $91 $60 $28 $60 $33 $11 ($18) $65 $87 ($0)
VX $85 $59 $83 $60 $35 $60 $39 $22 $14 $63 $80 $14
AS $56 ($11) $53 ($10) ($74) ($9) ($65) ($108) ($130) ($167) $45 ($131)
HA $3 ($16) $2 ($15) ($33) ($15) ($31) ($43) ($49) ($60) ($13) ($49)
G4 $46 $29 $45 $30 $60 $30 $16 $5 $0 ($9) $32 $43
 
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $326M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $204M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2010
2010
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($361) ($48) ($1,773) ($172) ($565) ($281) ($556) ($875) ($921) ($1,117) ($249) ($57) ($988)
CO $212 $184 ($829) $111 ($120) $47 ($114) ($302) ($329) ($444) $66 $178 ($368)
DL $60 ($391) ($2,155) ($155) ($646) ($292) ($635) ($1,033) ($1,091) ($1,336) ($251) ($11) ($1,175)
NW $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
UA $115 ($127) $83 ($1,073) ($264) ($73) ($257) ($471) ($502) ($634) ($52) $77 ($547)
US $312 $113 $285 ($667) $217 $157 $5 ($171) ($197) ($305) $174 $280 ($234)
HP
WN $263 ($75) $218 ($1,396) $102 ($266) ($257) ($556) ($599) ($782) $30 $210 ($662)
B6 $168 $59 $154 ($368) $116 ($3) $83 ($96) ($110) ($170) $93 $151 ($131)
FL $220 $129 $208 ($226) $177 $78 $149 $80 ($12) ($61) $157 $206 ($28)
F9 $90 $55 $85 ($83) $73 $35 $63 $36 $5 ($19) $66 $85 ($7)
VX $75 $50 $71 ($44) $63 $37 $56 $37 $16 $13 $58 $71 $9
AS $48 ($22) $39 ($294) $15 ($61) ($6) ($59) ($121) ($130) ($168) $37 ($143)
HA $3 ($16) $0 ($90) ($6) ($27) ($12) ($26) ($43) ($45) ($56) ($10) ($49)
G4 $49 $31 $46 ($39) $40 $60 $35 $21 $6 $3 ($6) $37 $46
 
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $326M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $198M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2009
2009
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($326) ($276) $172 ($139) ($542) ($406) ($632) ($929) ($1,010) ($1,119) ($15) ($164) ($1,133)
CO $198 $30 $303 $114 ($131) ($49) ($186) ($366) ($415) ($481) $189 $98 ($490)
DL $215 ($39) $350 $107 ($208) ($102) ($278) ($510) ($573) ($658) $204 $87 ($669)
NW ($82) ($237) ($213) ($148) ($339) ($275) ($382) ($523) ($561) ($613) ($89) ($160) ($620)
UA $97 ($131) ($96) $218 ($283) ($188) ($346) ($554) ($610) ($687) $87 ($18) ($696)
US $307 $122 $151 $405 $229 $77 ($51) ($219) ($264) ($327) $299 $214 ($334)
HP
WN $383 $76 $123 $546 $252 ($128) ($213) ($493) ($569) ($672) $369 $228 ($685)
B6 $179 $87 $101 $228 $140 $26 $64 ($84) ($107) ($138) $175 $133 ($142)
FL $231 $150 $163 $274 $197 $96 $130 $74 ($20) ($47) $228 $190 ($51)
F9 $101 $68 $73 $118 $87 $47 $60 $38 $8 ($11) $99 $84 ($12)
VX $61 $43 $46 $70 $53 $31 $39 $27 $10 $6 $60 $52 ($1)
AS $3 ($59) ($49) $36 ($23) ($100) ($74) ($117) ($173) ($188) ($209) ($28) ($212)
HA $9 ($8) ($6) $18 $1 ($20) ($13) ($24) ($40) ($44) ($50) $8 ($51)
G4 $50 $35 $38 $57 $44 $54 $32 $22 $9 $5 $1 $49 $43
 
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $326M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $198M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2008
2008
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($485) ($410) ($250) ($242) ($503) ($479) ($747) ($967) ($1,328) ($1,824) ($465) ($335) ($1,131)
CO $301 $46 $145 $151 ($11) $4 ($163) ($299) ($524) ($831) $13 $93 ($401)
DL $309 ($56) $120 $127 ($70) ($52) ($254) ($420) ($692) ($1,066) ($41) $56 ($544)
NW $126 ($118) ($80) $4 ($127) ($115) ($250) ($361) ($543) ($792) ($108) ($43) ($444)
UA $181 ($182) ($126) ($7) ($196) ($178) ($379) ($544) ($815) ($1,187) ($167) ($70) ($667)
US $280 $10 $52 $141 $145 $14 ($136) ($258) ($459) ($734) $22 $93 ($349)
HP
WN $440 ($6) $63 $210 $218 ($23) ($247) ($449) ($781) ($1,237) $13 $132 ($600)
B6 $194 $68 $87 $129 $131 $63 $70 ($57) ($151) ($280) $73 $107 ($100)
FL $229 $114 $132 $169 $171 $110 $115 $52 ($85) ($203) $119 $149 ($39)
F9 $230 $146 $159 $187 $188 $143 $147 $101 $63 ($86) $149 $172 $34
VX $65 $48 $50 $56 $56 $47 $48 $38 $30 $18 $48 $53 $25
AS $88 ($4) $10 $41 $42 ($7) ($3) ($54) ($95) ($164) ($258) $24 ($126)
HA $15 ($7) ($3) $4 $4 ($8) ($6) ($19) ($28) ($45) ($67) ($6) ($36)
G4 $38 $22 $24 $29 $30 $44 $22 $13 $5 ($7) ($23) $22 $27
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $485M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $301M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2007
2007
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($563) ($527) ($320) ($405) ($102) ($516) ($829) ($1,010) ($1,001) ($1,882) ($384) ($370) ($1,232)
CO $351 $23 $152 $98 $288 $30 ($166) ($278) ($273) ($822) $112 $121 ($417)
DL $384 ($27) $151 $89 $310 $8 ($220) ($352) ($346) ($988) $104 $115 ($514)
NW $169 ($129) ($109) ($45) $115 ($104) ($269) ($365) ($360) ($826) ($34) ($26) ($482)
UA $311 ($121) ($93) $66 $233 ($85) ($325) ($464) ($457) ($1,132) $16 $27 ($634)
US $40 ($180) ($166) ($85) ($118) ($162) ($284) ($354) ($351) ($694) ($110) ($104) ($441)
HP
WN $437 ($40) ($9) $166 $94 $351 ($265) ($418) ($411) ($1,157) $112 $124 ($606)
B6 $206 $66 $75 $127 $105 $181 $78 ($45) ($43) ($262) $111 $114 ($100)
FL $223 $99 $107 $152 $133 $200 $109 $40 $2 ($192) $138 $141 ($49)
F9 $108 $47 $51 $73 $64 $97 $52 $19 ($1) ($95) $67 $68 ($25)
VX $10 $7 $7 $8 $8 $9 $7 $5 $4 $5 $8 $8 $3
AS $72 ($34) ($27) $12 ($4) $53 ($25) ($83) ($117) ($116) ($281) $3 ($159)
HA $15 ($8) ($6) $2 ($1) $11 ($6) ($19) ($26) ($25) ($61) ($1) ($35)
G4 $34 $18 $19 $25 $23 $49 $20 $11 $6 $6 ($18) $23 $24
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $563M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $351M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Total Cockpit Cost 2006
2006
$Millions
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA ($361) ($48) ($1,773) ($172) ($565) ($281) ($556) ($875) ($921) ($1,117) ($249) ($57) ($988)
CO $212 $184 ($829) $111 ($120) $47 ($114) ($302) ($329) ($444) $66 $178 ($368)
DL $60 ($391) ($2,155) ($155) ($646) ($292) ($635) ($1,033) ($1,091) ($1,336) ($251) ($11) ($1,175)
NW $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
UA $115 ($127) $83 ($1,073) ($264) ($73) ($257) ($471) ($502) ($634) ($52) $77 ($547)
US $312 $113 $285 ($667) $217 $157 $5 ($171) ($197) ($305) $174 $280 ($234)
HP
WN $263 ($75) $218 ($1,396) $102 ($266) ($257) ($556) ($599) ($782) $30 $210 ($662)
B6 $168 $59 $154 ($368) $116 ($3) $83 ($96) ($110) ($170) $93 $151 ($131)
FL $220 $129 $208 ($226) $177 $78 $149 $80 ($12) ($61) $157 $206 ($28)
F9 $90 $55 $85 ($83) $73 $35 $63 $36 $5 ($19) $66 $85 ($7)
VX $75 $50 $71 ($44) $63 $37 $56 $37 $16 $13 $58 $71 $9
AS $48 ($22) $39 ($294) $15 ($61) ($6) ($59) ($121) ($130) ($168) $37 ($143)
HA $3 ($16) $0 ($90) ($6) ($27) ($12) ($26) ($43) ($45) ($56) ($10) ($49)
G4 $49 $31 $46 ($39) $40 $60 $35 $21 $6 $3 ($6) $37 $46
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to reduce total pilot compensation by $556M.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's cockpit cost per block hour, then it would need to increase total pilot compensation by $318M.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  Calculation is the difference in total cockpit cost per block hour multiplied by total block hours flown for each respective year.
Cockpit cost per block hour is cost for each captain and co pilot.  For a per pilot cost per block hour, simply divide by 2. 
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Pilot Productivity 2009
2009
Sensitivity in Headcount Based on Pilot Productivity
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA (1,127) 341 765 (123) (897) (2,115) (1,761) (1,925) (1,724) (2,630) (1,569) (164) (747)
CO 684 891 1,149 609 140 (600) (385) (484) (362) (912) (268) 585 231
DL (266) (1,146) 331 (363) (966) (1,917) (1,641) (1,769) (1,612) (2,318) (1,491) (394) (849)
NW (363) (898) (201) (422) (789) (1,367) (1,199) (1,277) (1,182) (1,611) (1,108) (441) (718)
UA 86 (703) 325 622 (542) (1,395) (1,147) (1,262) (1,121) (1,755) (1,013) (28) (437)
US 508 (130) 701 941 438 (690) (489) (582) (468) (981) (381) 415 85
HP
WN 1,994 931 2,316 2,715 1,877 1,148 334 179 369 (485) 514 1,839 1,290
B6 499 180 596 716 464 245 (100) (47) 11 (246) 54 453 288
FL 479 199 564 670 449 256 (47) 41 50 (175) 89 438 293
F9 172 59 206 248 159 82 (39) (4) (20) (90) 15 155 97
VX 143 82 162 185 137 95 28 47 38 49 58 135 103
AS 297 84 362 442 274 127 (103) (36) (67) (29) (201) 266 156
HA 9 (50) 26 49 2 (38) (102) (83) (92) (81) (129) (73) (30)
G4 33 (17) 48 67 27 (7) (60) (45) (52) (43) (83) (36) 26
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to reduce total pilot headcount by 1127.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to increase total headcount by 684.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  
Note:  Nuances within each carrier's respective network would affect headcount adjustments suggested by the analysis.
Note:  Northwest and Delta restructuring effects are not fully realized in the 2006 data.  Once realized, productivity may increase which would change the comparisons.
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Pilot Productivity 2008
2008
Sensitivity in Headcount Based on Pilot Productivity
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA (929) 174 323 146 (690) (2,229) (1,393) (1,713) (4,602) (2,191) (1,120) 891
CO 577 685 777 667 149 (807) (288) (486) (2,280) (783) (119) 1,130
DL (131) (831) 113 (21) (651) (1,811) (1,181) (1,422) (3,600) (1,782) (975) 541
NW (163) (631) (75) (89) (510) (1,285) (864) (1,025) (2,480) (1,266) (727) 286
UA (109) (806) 21 133 (626) (1,780) (1,154) (1,394) (3,560) (1,752) (949) 559
US 383 (133) 480 563 464 (856) (391) (569) (2,175) (835) (239) 879
HP
WN 2,050 1,195 2,209 2,347 2,183 1,416 768 474 (2,182) 35 1,019 2,869
B6 362 120 407 446 399 183 (217) (83) (833) (207) 71 593
FL 405 185 446 482 440 242 (122) 76 (683) (113) 140 616
F9 797 636 827 852 822 677 411 555 500 417 603 951
VX
AS 212 36 245 273 240 82 (210) (52) (112) (660) 132 381
HA
G4 (30) (61) (24) (19) (25) (53) (104) (76) (87) (183) (203) (67)
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to reduce total pilot headcount by 930.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to increase total headcount by 577.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  
Note:  Nuances within each carrier's respective network would affect headcount adjustments suggested by the analysis.
Note:  Northwest and Delta restructuring effects are not fully realized in the 2006 data.  Once realized, productivity may increase which would change the comparisons.
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Pilot Productivity
2007
Sensitivity in Headcount Based on Pilot Productivity
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA (966) (248) (131) (75) 2,625 (2,065) (1,474) (1,551) (1,815) (954) (118) 1,490
CO 602 448 521 555 2,238 (685) (316) (365) (530) 7 528 1,530
DL 181 (524) 85 126 2,095 (1,325) (894) (950) (1,143) (516) 94 1,267
NW 69 (441) (62) 29 1,456 (1,022) (710) (750) (890) (435) 6 856
UA 58 (683) (132) (42) 2,070 (1,525) (1,072) (1,131) (1,334) (674) (33) 1,200
US (1,024) (1,401) (1,120) (1,075) (1,053) (1,829) (1,599) (1,629) (1,732) (1,396) (1,070) (443)
HP
WN 1,749 931 1,539 1,638 1,685 3,972 501 436 211 940 1,649 3,010
B6 366 126 305 334 347 1,019 (147) (19) (85) 129 337 736
FL 342 129 287 313 325 921 (113) 17 (58) 131 316 670
F9 196 92 169 182 188 479 (27) 37 29 93 183 356
VX
AS 179 (2) 133 154 165 671 (208) (97) (112) (161) 157 458
HA 5 (34) (5) (0) 2 111 (79) (55) (58) (69) (34) 65
G4 (41) (67) (47) (44) (43) 31 (97) (81) (83) (90) (67) (44)
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to reduce total pilot headcount by 966.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to increase total headcount by 602.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  
Note:  Nuances within each carrier's respective network would affect headcount adjustments suggested by the analysis.
Note:  Northwest and Delta restructuring effects are not fully realized in the 2006 data.  Once realized, productivity may increase which would change the comparisons.
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.
Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Pilot Productivity 2010
2010
Sensitivity in Headcount Based on Pilot Productivity
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA (782) 630 #DIV/0! 293 (746) (1,989) (1,886) (1,477) (1,050) 11,282 384 (472)
CO 459 830 #DIV/0! 632 21 (708) (648) (408) (157) 7,084 685 182
DL (788) (1,765) #DIV/0! (421) (1,720) (3,273) (3,145) (2,634) (2,100) 13,309 (308) (1,378)
NW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UA (197) (721) 226 #DIV/0! (697) (1,530) (1,461) (1,187) (901) 7,366 61 (513)
US 412 (20) 760 #DIV/0! 573 (686) (629) (404) (168) 6,638 623 151
HP
WN 1,862 1,129 2,452 #DIV/0! 2,136 1,163 96 479 879 12,421 2,221 1,420
B6 570 334 761 #DIV/0! 659 345 (31) 124 253 3,980 686 427
FL 371 175 530 #DIV/0! 445 184 (129) (103) 107 3,205 468 252
F9 103 26 165 #DIV/0! 132 30 (92) (82) (42) 1,207 140 57
VX (462) (514) (420) #DIV/0! (442) (511) (594) (588) (560) (532) 291 (436) (493)
AS (2,179) (2,330) (2,057) #DIV/0! (2,122) (2,323) (2,563) (2,543) (2,464) (2,382) (2,105) (2,270)
HA (20) (61) 13 #DIV/0! (5) (59) (124) (119) (98) (75) 571 (45)
G4 23 (15) 55 #DIV/0! 38 (14) (75) (70) (50) (29) 581 42
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to reduce total pilot headcount by 855.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's average pilot block hours per month, then it would need to increase total headcount by 488.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, Schedules P52 & T2.  
Note:  Nuances within each carrier's respective network would affect headcount adjustments suggested by the analysis.
Note:  Northwest and Delta restructuring effects are not fully realized in the 2006 data.  Once realized, productivity may increase which would change the comparisons.
Note:  US Airways and America West 2006 filings may not be fully accurate given the merger effects on accounting.