Wall Street Journal columnist Scott McCartney reports on the cost breakdown of a hypothetical 100 seat flight. Assuming the flight was full, how much is spent to cover expenses and how huge of a profit margin is the airline collecting. Turns out the profit margin is an enormous 1%. The biggest expense is file, taking 29%. This despite airlines becoming more fuel efficient – the cost of fuel, as we all can attest to, has gone up considerably in the last 10 years.
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