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Alaska Air Group reports April 2018 operational results

SEATTLE, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported April operational results on a consolidated basis for its mainline operations flown 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.

On January 11, 2018, Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations onto a Single Operating Certificate (SOC). Results for Alaska and Virgin America have been combined into a single mainline operation.

AIR GROUP
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 5.8 percent increase in traffic on an 8.7 percent increase in capacity compared to April 2017. Load factor decreased 2.3 points to 84.3 percent.

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


April


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,839


3,670


4.6%


14,329


13,677


4.8%

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

4,599


4,346


5.8%


17,003


16,054


5.9%

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

5,457


5,019


8.7%


20,937


19,413


7.9%

Passenger load factor

84.3%


86.6%


(2.3) pts


81.2%


82.7%


(1.5) pts

MAINLINE
Mainline reported a 4.4 percent increase in traffic on a 7.4 percent increase in capacity compared to April 2017. Load factor decreased 2.4 points to 84.8 percent. Mainline also reported 83.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in April 2018, compared to 77.1 percent reported in April 2017.

Mainline operational results reflect both Alaska and Virgin America combined. The following table shows mainline operational results for April and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


April


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,025


2,888


4.7%


11,236


10,661


5.4%

RPMs (000,000)

4,203


4,025


4.4%


15,563


14,853


4.8%

ASMs (000,000)

4,958


4,616


7.4%


19,056


17,876


6.6%

Passenger load factor

84.8%


87.2%


(2.4) pts


81.7%


83.1%


(1.4) pts

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

83.4%


77.1%


6.3 pts


84.1%


75.2%


8.9 pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 23.4 percent on a 23.8 percent increase in capacity compared to April 2017. Load factor decreased 0.3 points to 79.4 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 85.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in April 2018, compared to 86.6 percent in April 2017.

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


April


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

814


782


4.1%


3,093


3,016


2.6%

RPMs (000,000)

396


321


23.4%


1,440


1,201


19.9%

ASMs (000,000)

499


403


23.8%


1,881


1,537


22.4%

Passenger load factor

79.4%


79.7%


(0.3) pts


76.6%


78.1%


(1.5) pts

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

85.6%


86.6%


(1.0) pts


86.0%


76.4%


9.6 pts

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Learn about Alaska's award-winning service 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

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