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AirTran SWOT Analysis: Third consecutive quarter of profitability in 3Q2009


AirTran Airways reported a net profit of USD10.4 million in the seasonally weaker 3Q2009 (reversing a net loss of USD94.6 million in the previous corresponding period), marking AirTran’s third consecutive quarter of profitability, in what was otherwise a challenging and “difficult” operating environment. [2338 words]

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  • STRENGTHS: On the profitability train
  • WEAKNESSES: Revenue and yield weakness continues  
  • OPPORTUNITIES: Selected growth in key markets
  • THREATS: Oil prices on the rise
  • OUTLOOK: Early restructure a saviour for AirTran in 2009 

Graphs and data:

  • AirTran financial highlights for three months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • Air Tran share price growth: Jan-2009 to Oct-2009
  • AirTran operating margin: 2Q2005 to 3Q2009
  • AirTran traffic (RPM) growth (% change year-on-year) and passenger load factors (%): Jan-2008 to Sep-2009
  • Year-on-year North American carrier’s domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Sep-2009
  • AirTran unit revenue and unit cost projects for 4Q2009
  • AirTran yield (per RPM) and cost (per ASM): 2Q2005 to 3Q2009
  • AirTran capacity (ASM) plan for 2009 and 2010
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