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Roundtable Forum: Airline Industry

SAMUEL C. BUTTRICK is a Managing Director in the transportation group of UBS Warburg Equity Research. An analyst since 1986, Mr. Buttrick specializes in the airline industry. Prior to joining UBS Warburg, he was the airline industry analyst at PaineWebber Incorporated. Before that he worked for Kidder Peabody, Morgan Keegan & Co., L.F. Rothschild & Co., and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. For the past 11 years he has been recognized as one of the top airline analysts on the Institutional Investor All- American Research Team. For the past six years, Mr. Buttrick has been ranked number one in airlines by Institutional Investor. He is a past President of the Society of Airline Analysts and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Buttrick holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an AB in Slavic languages from Stanford University. Profile
Raymond Neidl is a Director and Airline & Aerospace Industry Analyst with Calyon Securities (USA) Inc. He joined Calyon in 2004. Previously, he covered the airline/leisure companies and casino sectors as a Managing Director at Blaylock & Partners. He has frequently been selected to The Wall Street Journal's and Forbes magazine's "Best of the Best Analysts" for his earnings forecasts and stock picks. Previously, he was a Director and an Equity Research Analyst providing coverage of airline and transportation companies, including both passenger and air freight carriers, at ABN-AMRO Securities, which was purchased from ING Barings. While part of ING Barings, he helped to form the firm's research coverage of the airline and air freight industries, including a high- yield research product. In addition to his equity research coverage, he was also involved with efforts in structured aircraft financing with the firm's Aviation and Structured Leasing groups. Prior to joining the firm in 1991 (when it was known as Furman Selz), he was involved in initiating the high-yield research effort at Dillon Read, where he performed some equity analysis and had some corporate finance responsibilities. He also helped plan and implement the high- yield product for four years at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei, now KDP. Prior to his high-yield specialization, he was a Credit Analyst in the airline/transportation leasing area at Standard & Poor's. He also worked at American Airlines in various financial and planning positions. He is the co- author of Airline Odyssey-the Airline Industry's Turbulent Flight into the Future, published by McGraw-Hill. He also has contributed to industry publications, e.g., Airline Economics, Airline Operations, Airline Planning and Airline Financing, all McGraw-Hill publications whose contributors include numerous well-known professionals and managers in the aviation and aerospace industries. He regularly appears on various general and business news programs as an industry expert and is frequently quoted in both the general and business news publications regarding the aviation and airline industries. He received an MBA in Finance from Pace University, New York, New York, and a BS degree from Albany State University, Albany, New York, and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts Airline Splinter Group. Profile
ELANE BECKER is a Senior Vice President at Buckingham Research Group Incorporated. Previously, he was associated with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers Drexel, Prudential Securities, E.F. Hutton & Co. and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She received her Bachelor's degree from Monclair University and her M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business. M. Becker includes skiing, tennis, golf, and weight training among her personal interests. Profile
BRIAN HARRIS is a Director at Salomon Smith Barney. Previously, he was associated with Lehman Brothers, S.G. Warburg and American Airlines. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Princeton and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. Mr. Harris is a member of the Association of Airline Analysts. He includes running, Texas hold 'em poker and tropical fish among his personal interests. Profile
TWST: Helane, the market has certainly generated some above average

returns in the last few years. How have the airlines stocks performed in

the last six to 12 months?

Ms. Becker: The