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Alaska Air Group Reports March Traffic


4/2/2010 3:34:17 PM

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported March operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 2.9-point increase in load factor to 84.5 percent in March 2010, compared to 81.6 percent in March 2009, on a 2.2 percent increase in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Alaska also reported that 87.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in March 2010, a 17.0-point increase compared to the 70.2 percent reported in March 2009. Last year's on-time performance was negatively impacted by the eruption of Mount Redoubt in Alaska. The airline's on-time performance for the 12 months ended January 2010 was the best among the 10 largest domestic carriers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The following table shows the operational results for March 2010 and for the first three months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:

2010

March

2009

 

Change

2010

Year-to-Date

2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (000,000)

1,650


1,559

5.8%

4,472

4,179

7.0%

Available seat miles
(ASMs) (000,000)

 

1,953

 

1,910

 

2.2%

 

5,541

 

5,520

 

0.4%

Passenger load factor

84.5%

81.6%

2.9pts

80.7%

75.7%

5.0pts

Revenue passengers (000)

1,351

1,344

0.5%

3,641

3,573

1.9%

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

87.2%

70.2%

17.0pts

86.4%

72.5%

13.9pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 3.8-point increase in load factor to 73.3 percent in March 2010, compared to 69.5 percent in March 2009, on a 1.0 percent increase in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Horizon also reported that 91.1 percent of its flights arrived on time in March 2010, a 5.1-point increase compared to the 86.0 percent reported in March 2009. Forbes.com, using 2009 data from FlightStats, recently ranked Horizon No. 5 in the world in on-time performance.

The following table shows the operational results for March 2010 and for the first three months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:

2010

March

2009

 

Change

2010

Year-to-Date

2009

Change

RPMs (000,000)

204

191

6.6%

566

524

8.0%

ASMs (000,000)

 

278

 

276

 

1.0%

 

793

 

787

 

0.8%

Passenger load factor

73.3%

69.5%

3.8pts

71.4%

66.6%

4.8pts

Revenue passengers (000)

566

558

1.4%

1,584

1,546

2.5%

On-time arrivals

91.1%

86.0%

5.1pts

88.8%

81.2%

7.6pts


Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com.

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