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  • Nick Ravage 6y

    Anyone figure out why Southwest avg. price is 106,60 ??
  • corymarrphotography.com 6y

    the world may never know
  • franzypoo 6y

    I suspect it's because the USA is a bigger country?
  • The Shah's in NZ 6y

    Its European where the comma represents a decimal point so Southwest is actually 106.60.
  • Hannu Makarainen 6y

    Nice and very useful picture/graph. I can not verify details, I am not inside of this business.
  • Bill Hartzer 6y

    helpful chart. the shah's in NZ is right, the comma is actually a decimal point in the USA
  • Michael Stillwell 6y

    This is a pretty lousy graphic.

    Low cost airlines fly much shorter routes, so the number of employees per passenger metric is pretty misleading. (Number of employees per passenger kilometer would be better, although still not perfect since more takeoffs and landings are more work.)

    "Aer Lyngus" is spelt "Aer Lingus."

    The 43% cost advantage is unclear (is this savings per passenger kilometer, or what?), and circles really shouldn't be used to illustrate amounts (is the radius important, or the area?).

    Low cost airlines have turnaround times of "as little as 25 min", not "up to 25 min" (lower is better).
  • empress80 6y


    love it!!
  • Bill Mill 6y

    The asterisks are never explained!
  • Steven Correy 6y

    this is interesting to see how a graph can replace thousands words dissertation.
  • colin gebhart 6y

    Southwest aircraft have 137 seats, not 148. And the density (really seat pitch or distance between seats) is generally the same or better than coach class on the majors. The 128 seats of the majors is misleading because they have first class cabins with much greater pitch allowing fewer total seats. It would have been better to compare coach class seat pitch.

    @mjs
    "Number of employees per passenger kilometer would be better." Certain aviation metrics should be by ASM (available seat mile), but I'd argue not employees. Employees per passenger is a normal but infrequently used industry metric. I don't recall ever seeing employees per ASM. The real work of an airline is collecting passengers and lofting them into the air, as you sort of allude to in the next sentence. The marginal extra flight crew required by longer flights is a minuscule factor in staffing levels and cost.

    "The 43% cost advantage is unclear"
    It would only make sense for that to be showing the percentage reduced cost of LCCs (low cost carriers) by ASM. I agree Edward Tufte would cry over the circles.

    "Low cost airlines have turnaround times of "as little as 25 min"
    I don't know what RyanAir and other European airlines are doing, but in the 70's Southwest would do 10 minute turns. Increased FAA regulation such as requiring all passengers to be seated with buckles on before pusing the gate caused them to lengthen turnaound times to 20 minutes. As recently as early 2000's a 20 minute turn was not unusual, with 25 minutes being the standard turn. Now it is a little longer for various reasons.
  • teejayhanton 6y

    I always wondered why that was ...
  • Gerd Leonhard 6y

    Nice!
  • Deb Nystrom 6y

    Enlightening, thanks!!! Favved for business reasons this time, along with photographic ones.
  • Intense Peru 4y

    Good to know so many are reading the infographic and not just enjoying a pretty picture.

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