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Alaska Air Group Reports November Operational Results

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

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported an increase in load factor to 79.8 percent in November 2009, compared to 76.7 percent in November 2008, on a 1.3 percent increase in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Alaska also reported that 88.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in November 2009, a 6.8-point increase compared to the 81.4 percent reported in November 2008. The following tables show the operational results for November 2009 and for the first eleven months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

2009

November

2008

 

Change

2009

Year-to-Date

2008

Change

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (000,000)

1,479


1,402

5.5%

16,750

17,229

(2.8)%

Available seat miles
(ASMs) (000,000)

 

1,852

 

1,829

 

1.3%

 

21,216

 

22,382

 

(5.2)%

Passenger load factor

79.8%

76.7%

3.1pts

79.0%

77.0%

2.0pts

Revenue passengers (000)

1,217

1,224

(0.6)%

14,243

15,532

(8.3)%

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

88.2%

81.4%

6.8pts

82.8%

79.9%

2.9pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported an increase in load factor to 72.6 percent in November 2009, compared to 70.5 percent in November 2008. Horizon reported that 87.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in November 2009, a 4.0-point increase compared to the 83.5 percent reported in November 2008. The following tables show the operational results for November 2009 and for the first eleven months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

2009

November

2008

 

Change

2009

Year-to-Date

2008

Change

RPMs (000,000)

194

181

7.1%

2,197

2,452

(10.4)%

ASMs (000,000)

 

268

 

257

 

4.2%

 

3,014

 

3,366

 

(10.4)%

Passenger load factor

72.6%

70.5%

2.1pts

72.9%

72.9%

0.0pts

Revenue passengers (000)

540

525

2.9%

6,165

6,858

(10.1)%

On-time arrivals

87.5%

83.5%

4.0pts

86.6%

85.3%

1.3pts


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. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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