Award Sale Starts at 5500 Miles Each Way and Airlines With the Highest Operating Margins

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  1. I wouldn’t make much of a worldwide comparison of airline “margins.” Turkish supposedly has 25% margins. Um, OK. Given what’s gone on in Turkey lately, you might be a bit skeptical of that number. And you should be. The fact that their gov’t funnels them cash — like paying them $6000 per flight on some routes — sure helps them achieve these “remarkable” results!

  2. Operating margins pretty worthless figures not knowing fixed costs too. Newer airlines always going to have low employee compensation which is large component of this figure. Didn’t help AirBerlin. A mere figure that mostly needs to be considered with other data.

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