Southwest Airlines Aircraft Operating Statistics- Cost Per Block Hour (Unadjusted)
Southwest Airlines
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  Small Narrowbodies $1,455 $1,583 $1,525 $1,458 $1,550 $1,702 $1,717 $1,705 $1,871 $1,972 $2,091 $2,537 $2,656 $3,141 $3,020 $3,392 $3,872 $4,083
(Ex Fuel) $1,025 $1,064 $1,041 $1,094 $1,129 $1,069 $1,106 $1,124 $1,259 $1,284 $1,253 $1,406 $1,414 $1,490 $1,589 $1,679 $1,666 $1,824
Pilots $330 $335 $343 $355 $372 $352 $377 $399 $480 $508 $538 $594 $567 $579 $630 $691 $700 $692
Salaries and Wages $254 $256 $261 $269 $278 $280 $300 $320 $348 $377 $407 $425 $435 $452 $491 $529 $546 $530
Pilot Training $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $6 $5 $5 $6
Benefits and Payroll Taxes $51 $52 $54 $57 $63 $42 $43 $47 $101 $100 $102 $138 $99 $95 $102 $125 $118 $121
Per Diem/ Personnel $23 $26 $27 $28 $28 $28 $31 $29 $28 $27 $27 $28 $29 $29 $30 $31 $31 $35
Purchased Goods $439 $526 $488 $367 $424 $636 $615 $587 $617 $693 $841 $1,229 $1,333 $1,751 $1,517 $1,807 $2,301 $2,358
Fuel/Oil $430 $519 $483 $364 $421 $633 $611 $581 $612 $688 $837 $1,131 $1,242 $1,651 $1,431 $1,712 $2,206 $2,259
Insurance $9 $7 $5 $3 $3 $3 $4 $7 $5 $4 $3 $21 $15 $13 $14 $16 $15 $14
Other (inc. Tax) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $77 $75 $88 $71 $79 $80 $85
Maintenance $324 $351 $335 $374 $414 $385 $392 $379 $432 $422 $385 $390 $436 $485 $511 $534 $537 $618
Labor $41 $42 $46 $50 $53 $53 $55 $63 $71 $73 $72 $70 $69 $77 $76 $79 $82 $80
Materials $28 $28 $23 $23 $30 $30 $30 $21 $21 $23 $21 $27 $38 $39 $38 $50 $52 $67
Third Party $218 $222 $207 $237 $262 $231 $224 $215 $231 $224 $196 $219 $264 $297 $315 $321 $317 $376
Total Direct $292 $314 $296 $332 $370 $342 $340 $331 $356 $352 $317 $317 $371 $414 $429 $450 $451 $522
Burden $31 $36 $38 $42 $44 $44 $52 $48 $76 $70 $68 $73 $65 $71 $82 $84 $86 $96
Aircraft Ownership $360 $371 $358 $361 $343 $329 $333 $340 $342 $344 $327 $324 $320 $325 $362 $298 $94 $160
Rentals $217 $216 $204 $195 $177 $157 $146 $139 $135 $123 $105 $96 $91 $89 $110 $109 $92 $159
Depreciation and Amortization $144 $154 $154 $166 $166 $172 $187 $200 $208 $221 $222 $228 $230 $236 $252 $189 $2 $2
Other $1 $0 $0 $0 -$3 $1 $0 $0 $1 $5 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1 $62 $240 $254
Indicies
Aircraft In Fleet             251             229             249             261             291             325             354             365             380             404             432             462              500              535              541              543              554      608
Seats Per Departure             132             133             133             133             134             135             135             135             135             136             136             136              136              136              136              136              136      135
Average Stage Length             401             412             427             441             464             492             515             538             559             577             608             622              630              636              639              648              664      684
Gallons of Fuel Per Block Hour             773             787             822             793             794             775             778             767             760             747             733             735              730              707              705              712              714      631
Load Factor 64.5% 66.6% 63.8% 64.8% 69.0% 70.5% 68.1% 65.9% 66.8% 69.5% 70.7% 73.1% 72.6% 71.2% 76.0% 79.3% 80.8% 80.1%
Daily Utilization per Aircraft
Block Hours            9.32          11.17          11.26          11.19          11.01          10.98          10.81          10.92          10.83          10.88          11.13          11.22            11.19            10.95            10.26            10.20            10.46   11.45
Airborne Hours            7.87            9.38            9.51            9.45            9.32            9.33            9.28            9.37            9.32            9.34            9.58            9.68             9.59             9.39             8.83             8.76             9.00     7.47
Departures            7.61            8.93            8.65            8.47            7.98            7.59            7.30            7.11            6.85            6.65            6.53            6.49             6.37             6.11             5.71             5.63             5.67     6.04
  Large Narrowbodies                                   $3,971
(Ex Fuel) $1,495
Pilots $972
Salaries and Wages $762
Pilot Training $8
Benefits and Payroll Taxes $154
Per Diem/ Personnel $49
Purchased Goods $2,612
Fuel/Oil $2,476
Insurance $19
Other (inc. Tax) $117
Maintenance $5
Labor $0
Materials $0
Third Party $5
Total Direct $5
Burden $0
Aircraft Ownership $138
Rentals $138
Depreciation and Amortization $0
Other $244
Indicies
Aircraft In Fleet               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          13
Seats Per Departure               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -        175
Average Stage Length               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -     1,254
Gallons of Fuel Per Block Hour               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -        767
Load Factor                                                            1
Daily Utilization per Aircraft
Block Hours                -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          12
Airborne Hours               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          11
Departures               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -           4
  Widebodies                                    
(Ex Fuel)
Pilots
Salaries and Wages
Pilot Training
Benefits and Payroll Taxes
Per Diem/ Personnel
Purchased Goods
Fuel/Oil
Insurance
Other (inc. Tax)
Maintenance
Labor
Materials
Third Party
Total Direct
Burden
Aircraft Ownership
Rentals
Depreciation and Amortization
Other
Indicies
Aircraft In Fleet               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Seats Per Departure               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Average Stage Length               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Gallons of Fuel Per Block Hour               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Load Factor
Daily Utilization per Aircraft
Block Hours                -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Airborne Hours               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
Departures               -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                 -                   -                   -                   -                   -                   -          -  
  Total Fleet $1,455 $1,583 $1,525 $1,458 $1,550 $1,702 $1,717 $1,705 $1,871 $1,972 $2,091 $2,537 $2,656 $3,141 $3,020 $3,392 $3,872 $4,080
(Ex Fuel) $1,025 $1,064 $1,041 $1,094 $1,129 $1,069 $1,106 $1,124 $1,259 $1,284 $1,253 $1,406 $1,414 $1,490 $1,589 $1,679 $1,666 $1,816
Pilots $330 $335 $343 $355 $372 $352 $377 $399 $480 $508 $538 $594 $567 $579 $630 $691 $700 $698
Salaries and Wages $254 $256 $261 $269 $278 $280 $300 $320 $348 $377 $407 $425 $435 $452 $491 $529 $546 $535
Pilot Training $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $2 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $3 $6 $5 $5 $6
Benefits and Payroll Taxes $51 $52 $54 $57 $63 $42 $43 $47 $101 $100 $102 $138 $99 $95 $102 $125 $118 $122
Per Diem/ Personnel $23 $26 $27 $28 $28 $28 $31 $29 $28 $27 $27 $28 $29 $29 $30 $31 $31 $35
Purchased Goods $439 $526 $488 $367 $424 $636 $615 $587 $617 $693 $841 $1,229 $1,333 $1,751 $1,517 $1,807 $2,301 $2,364
Fuel/Oil $430 $519 $483 $364 $421 $633 $611 $581 $612 $688 $837 $1,131 $1,242 $1,651 $1,431 $1,712 $2,206 $2,264
Insurance $9 $7 $5 $3 $3 $3 $4 $7 $5 $4 $3 $21 $15 $13 $14 $16 $15 $14
Other (inc. Tax) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $77 $75 $88 $71 $79 $80 $86
Maintenance $324 $351 $335 $374 $414 $385 $392 $379 $432 $422 $385 $390 $436 $485 $511 $534 $537 $604
Labor $41 $42 $46 $50 $53 $53 $55 $63 $71 $73 $72 $70 $69 $77 $76 $79 $82 $78
Materials $28 $28 $23 $23 $30 $30 $30 $21 $21 $23 $21 $27 $38 $39 $38 $50 $52 $65
Third Party $218 $222 $207 $237 $262 $231 $224 $215 $231 $224 $196 $219 $264 $297 $315 $321 $317 $367
Total Direct $292 $314 $296 $332 $370 $342 $340 $331 $356 $352 $317 $317 $371 $414 $429 $450 $451 $511
Burden $31 $36 $38 $42 $44 $44 $52 $48 $76 $70 $68 $73 $65 $71 $82 $84 $86 $94
Aircraft Ownership $360 $371 $358 $361 $343 $329 $333 $340 $342 $344 $327 $324 $320 $325 $362 $298 $94 $160
Rentals $217 $216 $204 $195 $177 $157 $146 $139 $135 $123 $105 $96 $91 $89 $110 $109 $92 $158
Depreciation and Amortization $144 $154 $154 $166 $166 $172 $187 $200 $208 $221 $222 $228 $230 $236 $252 $189 $2 $2
Other $1 $0 $0 $0 -$3 $1 $0 $0 $1 $5 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1 $62 $240 $254
Indicies
Aircraft In Fleet             251             229             249             261             291             325             354             365             380             404             432             462              500              535              541              543              554      621
Seats Per Departure             132             133             133             133             134             135             135             135             135             136             136             136              136              136              136              136              136      136
Average Stage Length             401             412             427             441             464             492             515             538             559             577             608             622              630              636              639              648              664      692
Gallons of Fuel Per Block Hour             773             787             822             793             794             775             778             767             760             747             733             735              730              707              705              712              714      634
Load Factor 64.5% 66.6% 63.8% 64.8% 69.0% 70.5% 68.1% 65.9% 66.8% 69.5% 70.7% 73.1% 72.6% 71.2% 76.0% 79.3% 80.8% 80.3%
Daily Utilization per Aircraft
Block Hours             9.32          11.17          11.26          11.19          11.01          10.98          10.81          10.92          10.83          10.88          11.13          11.22            11.19            10.95            10.26            10.20            10.46   11.46
Airborne Hours            7.87            9.38            9.51            9.45            9.32            9.33            9.28            9.37            9.32            9.34            9.58            9.68             9.59             9.39             8.83             8.76             9.00     7.54
Departures            7.61            8.93            8.65            8.47            7.98            7.59            7.30            7.11            6.85            6.65            6.53            6.49             6.37             6.11             5.71             5.63             5.67     6.00
Note: Shaded data means data appear questionable.