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Table 5. Jan-Dec U.S. Scheduled Domestic Passenger Airlines Revenue, Expenses and Profits, 4Q 2017

Reports from 23 airlines in 2017, (Millions of dollars)

Dataset Table:

Jan-Dec 2016 Jan-Dec 2017 Change 2016-2017 % Change % of YTD 2017 Revenue or Expense Total
Operating Revenue
Passenger Fares (scheduled/charter) 91,906.0 95,121.4 3,215.4 3.50 71.66
Cargo 907.3 992.5 85.2 9.39 0.75
Baggage 3,445.1 3,612.0 166.9 4.84 2.72
Reservation Changes 1,880.1 1,874.1 -6.0 -0.32 1.41
Transport-Related* 24,344.6 26,514.2 2,169.6 8.91 19.97
Other** 4,255.6 4,633.5 377.9 8.88 3.49
Total Operating Revenue*** 126,738.7 132,747.7 6,009.0 4.74 100.00
Operating Expense
Fuel 15,386.6 17,798.9 2,412.3 15.68 15.49
Labor 36,215.3 38,954.4 2,739.1 7.56 33.91
Rentals 6,755.0 6,881.8 126.8 1.88 5.99
Depreciation & Amortization 6,206.9 6,443.9 237.0 3.82 5.61
Landing Fees 2,270.8 2,323.4 52.6 2.32 2.02
Maintenance Materials 1,892.4 1,860.9 -31.5 -1.66 1.62
Transport-Related* 16,719.4 18,257.1 1,537.7 9.20 15.89
Other**** 21,393.1 22,370.2 977.1 4.57 19.47
Total Operating Expense 106,839.5 114,890.6 8,051.1 7.54 100.00
Profits or Losses
Operating Profit 19,899.2 17,857.1 -2,042.1 -10.26 N/A
Operating Margin# (%) 15.7 13.5 -2.2 N/A N/A
Nonoperating Income/(Expense)## -2,927.9 -1,875.0 1,052.9 -35.96 N/A
Pre-Tax Income 16,971.3 15,982.1 -989.2 -5.83 N/A
Income Tax Benefit/(Expense) -6,707.1 -2,587.7 4,119.4 -61.42 N/A
Other Income/(Expense) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 N/A
Net Income 10,264.2 13,394.4 3,130.2 30.50 N/A
Net Margin### (%) 8.1 10.1 2.0 N/A N/A

Notes:

* Transport-Related is revenue/expenses from services which grow from and are incidental to the air transportation services performed by the air carrier. Examples are in-flight onboard sales (food, liquor, pillows, etc), code share revenues, revenues and expenses from associated businesses (aircraft maintenance, fuel sales, restaurants, vending machines, etc).  
** Other revenue includes miscellaneous operating revenue (including pet transportation, sale of frequent flyer award miles to airline business partners and standby passenger fees) and public service revenues subsidy.
*** Based on U.S. Department of Transportation accounting standards, Total Operating Revenues are overstated by code share revenues which are included in both the mainline Transport-Related Revenues and the code share Passenger Revenue. Code share revenues are expensed out in the mainline Transport-Related Expense to allow a true Operating Profit(Loss). This reporting may understate all components of operating revenue, including Passenger Revenue, as a percentage of Total Operating Revenue.
**** Other expense includes purchase of materials such as passenger food and other materials; and purchase of services such as advertising, communication, insurance, outside flight equipment maintenance, traffic commissions and other services. 
# Operating margin is the operating profit or loss as a percentage of operating revenue
## Nonoperating Income and Expense includes interest on long-term debt and capital leases, other interest expense, foreign exchange gains and losses, capital gains and losses and other income and expenses.
### Net margin is the net income or loss as a percentage of operating revenue.

Source:

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41; Schedules P1.2 http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Fields.asp?Table_ID=295 and P6 http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Fields.asp?Table_ID=291