Competitive Advantage (Disadvantage) in Flight Attendant Productivity
2010
Sensitivity in Headcount Based on Flight Attendant Productivity
AA CO DL NW UA US HP WN B6 FL F9 VX AS HA G4
AA   (711) (1,484) 1,989 (1,212) (2,895) (6,254) (3,733) 5,302       (14,880) (14,710) 102 (5,342)
CO 426 (462) 1,617 (300) (1,307) (3,318) (1,809) 3,600 (8,482) (8,381) 487 (2,772)
DL 2,019 1,051 4,726 370 (1,920) (6,490) (3,061) 9,233 (18,227) (17,996) 2,157 (5,249)
NW  
UA (1,500) (2,037) (2,620) (2,415) (3,684) (6,217) (4,316) 2,499 (12,723) (12,595) (1,424) (5,529)
US 617 255 (138) 1,631 (857) (2,568) (1,284) 3,319 (6,963) (6,876) 669 (2,104)
HP  
WN 2,108 1,590 1,028 3,557 1,226 (2,446) (610) 5,969 (8,727) (8,604) 15,313 (1,782)
B6 1,511 1,339 1,152 1,991 1,218 811 609 2,792 (2,084) (2,043) 0 220
FL 672 544 405 1,030 454 151 (454) 1,626 (2,006) (1,976) 2,182 (289)
F9 (405) (460) (519) (253) (498) (627) (884) (691) (1,543) (1,530) 1,535 (814)
VX 784 747 706 889 721 632 455 588 1,064 9 690 503
AS 2,407 2,291 2,164 2,733 2,209 1,933 1,384 1,796 3,275 (28) 1,533
HA (7) (58) (113) 134 (93) (213) (452) (273) 370 (1,065) (1,053) 790 (387)
G4 225 195 162 309 174 103 (38) 68 448 (401) (394) 4,800
How to read:  If American were to fly its network at Continental's average FA block hours per month, then it could possibly reduce total FA headcount by up to 1,239.
How to read:  If Continental were to fly its network at American's average FA block hours per month, then it would need to increase total headcount by up to 676.
Source:  US DOT Form 41 via BTS, schedules P10 & 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.