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Airlines and Air Transportation

SIC 4500 | NAICS 481000

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

International Airlines  (view report)
Domestic Airlines  (view report)
Charter Flights  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

IATA | Redactive Media Group
Airlines. Magazine

Bimonthly publication provides news and information for the global airline industry, with online article categories and topics including news, analysis, commentary, airports, air traffic management, cargo, CEO interviews, economics, environment, passenger experience, regulations and taxation, security, safety, and technology. Selected articles from each issue of the magazine can be viewed free online.

Airlines for America
A4A Review and Outlook

Industry review and outlook presentation compiles statistical data from a wide range of sources, with topics covered in recent editions of this presentation including trends in traffic, fares, operations, and financial performance, initiatives to improve carrier profitability, affordability, competition, and access to air travel for U.S. consumers, reinvestment in employees and products, and customer satisfaction.

Federal Aviation Administration
FAA Aerospace Forecast

Annual report includes a review of the U.S. aviation industry over the past year and forecasts aviation traffic and activity over the next twenty years for both the domestic and international markets, with air transportation segments covered in the forecast including U.S. mainline air carriers, U.S. regional air carriers, and general aviation and air taxi aircraft. Report can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Regional Airlines Association
RAA Annual Reports

Annual publication provides an overview of the regional airline industry, with statistical data provided including airports with regional service, regional certificated carriers, departures completed, average daily departures, average seating capacity, passengers enplaned, average trip length, average load factor, revenue passenger miles, and available seat miles. Current edition can be viewed free online.

International Air Transport Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Airlines Financial Monitor
Monthly financial report provides information on airline share prices, operating margins, net after-tax profits, and cash flows by global region, global oil and jet fuel prices, passenger yields and premium-class revenues, passenger and cargo volumes, passenger and cargo capacity, changes in operating fleet size, and passenger and cargo load factors. Current and prior issues can be viewed free online.

Airline Business Confidence Survey
Quarterly survey of airline executives provides insights on business performance for the most recent quarter and expected changes over the next twelve months, with key areas addressed by the survey including profitability outlook, passenger and cargo traffic volume demand, employment levels, input costs, and passenger and cargo yields. Current and prior quarterly surveys are available free online.

Airline Industry Economic Performance
Semi-annual report takes a broad look at how the airlines are adding value for consumers, the wider economy, governments, and their investors, with economic sectors addressed in the report including consumers, wider economy, government, capital providers, aircraft, fuel, employment, infrastructure, and global regions. Current and prior reports, presentations, and data tables are available free online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Air Transportation  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 including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Commercial Airlines / Charter Flights
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Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of annual revenue for commercial airlines that provide air transportation services for passengers and freight over regular routes and schedules and for charter flight services that provide air transportation services on an irregular or nonscheduled basis for specific client-defined itineraries.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Professional Pilot Magazine
Pro Pilot Salary Study

Annual study provides high, low, and average salary amounts for aviation department managers and flight crew members (e.g., chief pilot, captain, and first officer/copilot) by aircraft type (e.g., corporate jet, turboprop, and helicopter; charter jet, turboprop, and helicopter; regional jet and turboprop; major U.S. airline jet; other helicopters) and model. Salary data can be viewed free online in the June issue.

National Business Aviation Association
Compensation Survey

Annual compensation survey provides base salary and total compensation data for flight department employees, with job positions covered in the survey including chief pilot, senior captain, captain, first officer/copilot, aviation department manager, flight coordinator/scheduler, licensed dispatcher, senior flight attendant, and flight attendant. Survey help section with job descriptions is available free online.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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