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Table 6. Jan-Dec U.S. Scheduled International Passenger Airlines Revenue, Expenses and Profits, 4Q 2017

Reports from 18 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) 34,010.4 35,371.7 1,361.3 4.00 83.05
Cargo 1,721.9 1,992.1 270.2 15.69 4.68
Baggage 875.5 964.4 88.9 10.15 2.26
Reservation Changes 1,025.6 982.2 -43.4 -4.23 2.31
Transport-Related* 3,750.6 2,179.9 -1,570.7 -41.88 5.12
Other** 1,035.1 1,101.8 66.7 6.44 2.59
Total Operating Revenue*** 42,419.1 42,592.1 173.0 0.41 100.00
Operating Expense
Fuel 7,162.6 8,442.4 1,279.8 17.87 21.64
Labor 13,732.7 14,598.0 865.3 6.30 37.42
Rentals 2,022.2 2,005.0 -17.2 -0.85 5.14
Depreciation & Amortization 2,566.3 2,606.6 40.3 1.57 6.68
Landing Fees 706.0 732.9 26.9 3.81 1.88
Maintenance Materials 607.4 576.6 -30.8 -5.07 1.48
Transport-Related* 1,276.0 751.9 -524.1 -41.07 1.93
Other**** 8,879.3 9,296.3 417.0 4.70 23.83
Total Operating Expense 36,952.5 39,009.7 2,057.2 5.57 100.00
Profits or Losses
Operating Profit 5,466.8 3,582.4 -1,884.4 -34.47 N/A
Operating Margin# (%) 12.9 8.4 -4.5 N/A N/A
Nonoperating Income/(Expense)## -403.1 -422.6 -19.5 4.84 N/A
Pre-Tax Income 5,063.7 3,159.9 -1,903.8 -37.60 N/A
Income Tax Benefit/(Expense) -1,281.4 -1,070.3 211.1 -16.47 N/A
Other Income/(Expense) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 N/A
Net Income 3,782.3 2,089.1 -1,693.2 -44.77 N/A
Net Margin### (%) 8.9 4.9 -4.0 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