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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 a 15.5 percent increase in traffic on a 9.9 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 4.1-point increase in load factor to 83.9 percent. Alaska also reported that 82.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in November 2010, a 5.7-point decrease compared to the 88.2 percent reported in November 2009.

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

2010

November2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles RPMs (in millions) 1,708


1,479 15.5%

18,523

16,750

10.6%

Available seat miles
ASMs (in millions)

2,035



1,852



9.9%



22,299



21,216



5.1%

Passenger load factor 83.9%

79.8%

4.1pts

83.1%

79.0%

4.1pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,350

1,217

10.9%

15,075

14,243

5.8%

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 82.5%

88.2%

(5.7)pts

88.2%

82.8%

5.4pts

HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 2.0 percent decline in traffic on a 6.8 percent decline in capacity compared to November 2009, resulting in a 3.7-point increase in load factor to 76.3 percent. Horizon also reported that 70.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in November 2010, a 16.6-point decrease compared to the 87.5 percent reported in November 2009. Horizon's on-time performance was negatively impacted by significant winter weather in the Pacific Northwest during the last eleven days of November.

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

2010

November2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

RPMs (in millions) 190

194

(2.0)%

2,244

2,197

2.1%

ASMs (in millions)

250



268



(6.8)%



2,973



3,014



(1.4)%

Passenger load factor 76.3%

72.6%

3.7pts

75.5%

72.9%

2.6pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 547

540

1.3%

6,226

6,165

1.0%

On-time arrivals 70.9%

87.5%

(16.6)pts

85.6%

86.6%

(1.0)pts


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, 2009 and 2010 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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