The Middle Seat at the Wall Street Journal has a great article today on what it takes on average for an airline to cover the cost of a flight. The analysis was performed with the help of US Airways and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. See the full article here. The article reminded me of a CNBC special from about four years ago titled “inside American Airlines a week in the life”. It was a behind the scenes look at several aspects of AA’s operations including the mathematical breakdown of different fare classes on a flight, the overhauling of an aircraft, and an in-depth analysis of what it takes for AA to narrowly turn a profit on the JFK-LAX 767-200 flights. You can check out the full video here which runs about 90 minutes in length.