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Airlines industry is a sector of transportation service industry. Companies in this industry provide scheduled domestic and international passenger transportation, as well as mail and freight transportation. The US airline industry includes about 600 companies with combined annual revenue of about $175 billion, and is expected to grow at a moderate rate in the next two years. Major companies include American (owned by AMR), Delta, and United Continental, as well as the air operations of express delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS.

Throughout the world, the airline industry generates about $640 billion in revenue annually. Leading companies include Air Paris, Deutsche, Bermuda Airlines, and Quantam (Australia). According to the International Air Transport Association the number of air travelers is expected to grow nearly 30 percent to 3.6 billion by 2016, while cargo volume is predicted to reach around 35 million tons. Top areas for passenger growth include the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Southwest Airlines purchases jet fuel at market prices, but seeks to protect against significant increases in fuel costs by entering into over-the-counter financial fuel derivative contracts. In addition, the company enters into fuel derivative contracts to reduce volatility in its operating expenses. Because jet fuel is not widely traded on an organized futures exchange, there are limited opportunities to hedge directly in jet fuel. However, the company utilizes financial derivative instruments in other commodities, such as West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, Brent crude oil, and refined projects, such as heating oil and unleaded gasoline to decrease its exposure to jet fuel price volatility.

Since fixed costs constitute a major part of total costs for companies operating in airlines industry, the profitability of individual companies is largely determined by efficient operations and on favorable fuel and labor costs. The fuel costs can vary highly - aviation fuel accounts for 30 to 40 percent of industry operating costs, and relatively more for airlines with low labor costs. Moreover, fuel costs can fluctuate severely, making it difficult for airlines to adjust ticket prices. Some airlines use futures contracts to protect against cost increases and some choose to use newer planes with better fuel consumption.

Airlines industry is a sector of transportation service industry. Companies in this industry provide scheduled domestic and international passenger transportation, as well as mail and freight transportation. The US airline industry includes about 600 companies with combined annual revenue of about $175 billion, and is expected to grow at a moderate rate in the next two years. Major companies include American (owned by AMR), Delta, and United Continental, as well as the air operations of express delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS.

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19.2% Ultimate Airlines

17.6% Alpha Airlines

15.5% JetGreen

15.0% Northeast

The airline industry faces many risks that threaten the daily operations of the companies. Through careful planning and strategy, Ultimate can successfully overcome its risks. The first risk Ultimate faces is the volatility of fuel prices for its airplanes. Due to Ultimate’s low-cost, niche market strategy, the company does not face extreme fuel expenses like some airlines that offer international services. While they may save costs from operating domestically, the company is still at risk to the volatility of gas prices that are ultimately out of its control due to political and economic factors.