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Alaska Air Group reports June 2017 operational results

SEATTLE, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported June and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America, Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.

Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America took place on Dec. 14, 2016. Operational results below include Virgin America results from pre-acquisition periods for comparison.

AIR GROUP
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported an 8.3 percent increase in traffic on a 6.9 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2016. Load factor increased 1.0 point to 87.3 percent.

The following table shows the operational results for June and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods(1):


June


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,933


3,740


5.2%


21,417


20,335


5.3%

Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"

4,707


4,348


8.3%


25,270


23,747


6.4%

Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"

5,389


5,040


6.9%


30,005


28,469


5.4%

Passenger load factor

87.3%


86.3%


1.0 pt


84.2%


83.4%


0.8 pt



(1)

2016 information has been adjusted to include Virgin America operating results for comparison.

ALASKA
Alaska reported an 8.7 percent increase in traffic on a 7.5 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2016. Load factor increased 1.0 point to 87.6 percent. Alaska also reported 82.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in June 2017, compared to 86.5 percent reported in June 2016.

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for June and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


June


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,332


2,182


6.9%


12,767


11,925


7.1%

RPMs (000,000)

3,166


2,912


8.7%


17,314


16,172


7.1%

ASMs (000,000)

3,615


3,363


7.5%


20,344


19,229


5.8%

Passenger load factor

87.6%


86.6%


1.0 pt


85.1%


84.1%


1.0 pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

82.9%


86.5%


(3.6) pts


80.5%


88.1%


(7.6) pts

VIRGIN AMERICA
Virgin America traffic increased 5.6 percent on a 4.2 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2016. Load factor increased 1.2 points to 88.2 percent. Virgin America also reported 67.1 percent of its flights arrived on time in June 2017, compared to 72.5 percent in June 2016.

The following table shows Virgin America operational results for June and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


June


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

744


723


2.9%


3,966


3,852


3.0%

RPMs (000,000)

1,171


1,109


5.6%


6,046


5,779


4.6%

ASMs (000,000)

1,328


1,274


4.2%


7,257


6,953


4.4%

Passenger load factor

88.2%


87.0%


1.2 pts


83.3%


83.1%


0.2 pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

67.1%


72.5%


(5.4) pts


64.0%


76.2%


(12.2) pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 13.1 percent on a 10.7 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2016. Load factor increased 1.9 points to 83 percent. Regional also reported 79.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in June 2017, compared to 84.6 percent in June 2016.

The following table shows regional operational results for June and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


June


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

857


836


2.5%


4,684


4,558


2.8%

RPMs (000,000)

370


327


13.1%


1,910


1,796


6.3%

ASMs (000,000)

446


403


10.7%


2,404


2,287


5.1%

Passenger load factor

83.0%


81.1%


1.9 pts


79.5%


78.5%


1.0 pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

79.8%


84.6%


(4.8) pts


78.7%


88.2%


(9.5) pts

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Alaska Mileage Plan ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs" in the J.D. Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service and unmatched reliability at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

 

SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.

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