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AirTran SWOT Analysis: Strong net profit in 2Q2009 and well-positioned to ride out the storm


AirTran Airways reported a strong net profit of USD78.4 million in 2Q2009 (reversing a net loss of USD14.8 million in the previous corresponding period), as it benefited from a combination of lower fuel prices, its decision to reduce capacity and its low cost structure, in what was otherwise a challenging and uncertain operating environment. [1722 words]

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  • STRENGTHS: On the profitability train as capacity reduced
  • WEAKNESSES: Revenue and yield weakness continues; unit costs upĀ 
  • OPPORTUNITIES: Selected growth in key markets
  • THREATS: Oil prices and swine flu
  • OUTLOOK: Early restructure to yield positive gains in 2009

Graphs and data:

  • AirTran financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-09
  • AirTran financial highlights for six months ended 30-Jun-09
  • AirTran operating margin: 2Q05 to 2Q09
  • AirTran traffic (RPM) growth (% change year-on-year) and passenger load factors (%): Jan-2008 to Jun-2009
  • AirTran yield (per RPM) and cost (per ASM): 2Q05 to 2Q09
  • AirTran unit revenue and unit cost projects for 3Q2009
  • AirTran capacity (ASM) plan for 2009
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