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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Air Transportation


Overview: the U.S. Air Transportation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?


Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Air Transportation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

market size 2018
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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)


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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis



Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.



market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Air Transportation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Domestic, Scheduled Passenger Transportation By Air

Domestic, Non-Scheduled Passenger Transportation By Air

International, Scheduled Passenger Transportation By Air

International, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air

Rental Of Aircraft With Crew For Air Carrier Use (Wet Leasing)

Fixed-Base-Operator Services

Transportation Of Perishable/Climate-Controlled Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, By Air

Transportation Of Non-Perishable/Climate-Controlled Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, By Air

Specialty Flying Services

Maintenance And Repair And Related Services For Aircraft

Transportation Of Other Goods By Air

Other Products



U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Air Transportation Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Air Transportation companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Repairs
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Depletion
Domestic production activities deduction
Advertising
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Depreciation
Amortization
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
 
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics




Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Air Transportation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Air Transportation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Air Transportation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.


Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.


Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.



Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29%
Information and Record Clerks 21%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 18%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 18%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 5%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9%
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7%
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 7%
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 52%
Air Transportation Workers 41%
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 17%
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 15%
Commercial Pilots 37%
Flight Attendants 23%
Flight Attendants 23%
Material Moving Workers 6%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Air Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Innovation News

  • American Airlines trademarks "FLAGSHIP" - Office machines and equipment rental; company office secretarial services; provision of office machines and equipment; provision of company office secretarial services; provision of office support staff; provision of clerical and secretarial services; providing facilities, office machines and equipment for conducting business, meetings, and conferences; providing professional support staff to assist in the conducting of office business, meetings and conferences; providing memberships to private clubs for travelers - 02/10/2018
  • Associated Global Systems trademarks "AGS ASSOCIATED GLOBAL SYSTEMS" - Air and truck transportation and the storage of goods - 02/03/2018
  • Allegiant Travel trademarks "GOLFSEEKER" - Entertainment services - 01/26/2018
  • United Airlines patents Method Of Detecting Elevator Tab Failure - 10/19/2017
  • Wheels up Partners raises $50 million in funding. - 10/12/2017
  • Federal Express patents Fire Suppressant Device And Method, Including Expansion Agent - 06/01/2017
  • Erickson raises $20 million in funding. - 05/01/2017
  • American Airlines patents Thrust Reverser Cowl Rack - 02/02/2017
  • Hawaii Island Air raises $10 million in funding. - 01/12/2016




  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    American Airlines615
    Federal Express577
    United Airlines420
    Bigelow Aerospace15

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

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    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $3,526,719,112 on Air Transportation. It has awarded 6,463 contracts to 510 companies, with an average value of $6,915,136 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount



    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Air Transportation to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Domestic, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Air TransportationOpportunity/Threat
    Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Domestic, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air are less than those from Air Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Domestic, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Domestic, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air Product Sales Report



    International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Air TransportationOpportunity/Threat
    Scheduled Freight Air Transportation Competing industry
    Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air are less than those from Air Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air sales, taking market share from this industry.
    International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air Product Sales Report



    Air Transportation Related Services, Nec
    Air Transportation Related Services, Nec Product Sales Report

    Non-Scheduled Transportation Of General Freight, By Air
    Non-Scheduled Transportation Of General Freight, By Air Product Sales Report

    Domestic, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air
    Domestic, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air Product Sales Report

    International, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air
    International, Nonscheduled Passenger Transportation By Air Product Sales Report

    Rental Of Aircraft With Pilot For Air Carrier Use (Wet Leasing)
    Rental Of Aircraft With Pilot For Air Carrier Use (Wet Leasing) Product Sales Report

    International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air
    International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air Product Sales Report



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