Airlines and Air Transportation
SIC 4500 | NAICS 481000
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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:
Federal Aviation Administration
FAA Aerospace Forecast
Annual forecast provides a review of the most recent year and forecasts aviation traffic and activity over the next twenty years for the domestic and international markets, with air transportation segments covered in the report including commercial passenger carriers, commercial cargo carriers, commercial aircraft fleet, general aviation, and FAA operations. Current and prior forecast reports can be downloaded and viewed free online.
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:
Regional Airlines Association
Annual report provides a statistical overview of the regional airlines industry, with data provided in the report including average passenger trip length, average load factor, revenue passenger miles, total passengers, regional airlines share of airline service, airports with regional service, regional airline employment by carrier, and corporate groupings of top fifty regional airlines. Full report can be downloaded and viewed free online.
International Air Transport Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:
Airlines Financial Monitor
Airline Business Confidence Survey
Airline Industry Economic Performance
Financial Benchmarking Data
https://www.bizminer.com Search for "481" to see reports for specific transportation services
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
RMA Annual Statement Studies
https://www.rmahq.org/ Search for "481111", "481211", and "481219"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for companies in this service sector. Print edition includes five years of historical data, with the most recent year's data broken down by sales and assets size range. Online reports also include a cash flow analysis and offer the option for additional breakdowns by region. Sample report can be viewed free online.
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Professional Pilot Magazine
Pro Pilot Salary Study
Annual pilot salary survey provides compensation data for aviation department managers and flight crew personnel (e.g., chief pilot, captain, and first officer/copilot) by type of aircraft (e.g., corporate jet, turboprop, and helicopter; charter jet, turboprop, and helicopter; regional jet and turboprop; and major U.S. airline jet). Annual survey is published in the June issue of the magazine.
National Business Aviation Association
Annual compensation survey provides base salary and total compensation data for aviation department, flight crew, maintenance, scheduling, dispatch, and line service personnel on a national, regional, and metro area basis, with statistical measures for total compensation data including average, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. Complete listing of all job positions included in the survey can be viewed free online.
ERI Economic Research Institute
Air Transportation Salary Survey
Annual salary survey provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel employed by commercial airlines, air couriers, and express delivery services, with survey results available on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.
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