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Alaska Air Group reports August 2018 operational results

SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported August and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines Inc. and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries Inc. and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.

On Jan. 11, 2018, Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations onto a Single Operating Certificate. 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 3.8 percent increase in traffic on a 4.3 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2017. Load factor decreased 0.5 points to 85.7 percent.

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


August


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

4,195


4,024


4.2%


31,107


29,496


5.5%

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

4,964


4,784


3.8%


37,086


34,910


6.2%

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

5,791


5,552


4.3%


44,072


41,148


7.1%

Passenger load factor

85.7%


86.2%


(0.5) pts


84.1%


84.8%


(0.7) pts

MAINLINE
Mainline reported a 2.6 percent increase in traffic on a 2.9 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2017. Load factor decreased 0.2 points to 86.2 percent. Mainline also reported 75 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2018, compared to 78.5 percent reported in August 2017.

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


August


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,264


3,174


2.8%


24,352


23,094


5.4%

RPMs (000,000)

4,523


4,408


2.6%


33,888


32,245


5.1%

ASMs (000,000)

5,247


5,101


2.9%


40,054


37,831


5.9%

Passenger load factor

86.2%


86.4%


(0.2) pts


84.6%


85.2%


(0.6) pts

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

75.0%


78.5%


(3.5) pts


82.2%


77.3%


4.9 pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 17.3 percent on a 20.6 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2017. Load factor decreased 2.2 points to 81.2 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 74.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2018, compared to 76.3 percent in August 2017.

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


August


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

931


850


9.5%


6,755


6,402


5.5%

RPMs (000,000)

441


376


17.3%


3,198


2,665


20.0%

ASMs (000,000)

544


451


20.6%


4,018


3,317


21.1%

Passenger load factor

81.2%


83.4%


(2.2) pts


79.6%


80.3%


(0.7) pts

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

74.2%


76.3%


(2.1) pts


84.6%


78.9%


5.7 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. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 11 consecutive years from 2008 to 2018. Learn about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

 

SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.

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