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Alaska Air Group Reports June Operational Results

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported June operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below.

ALASKA AIRLINES - MAINLINE

Alaska reported a 10.6 percent increase in traffic on a 7.5 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 2.5-point increase in load factor to a June record 87.9 percent. This also contributed to a record second quarter load factor of 87.4 percent. Alaska also reported 88.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in June, compared to the 91.4 percent reported in June 2011.

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:
 

 
June
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,672 1,580 5.8% 9,027 8,640 4.5%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 2,187 1,978 10.6% 11,868 10,976 8.1%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,489 2,315 7.5% 13,705 13,055 5.0%
Passenger load factor 87.9% 85.4% 2.5pts 86.6% 84.1% 2.5pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 88.4% 91.4% (3.0)pts 87.5% 87.1% 0.4pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 5.2 percent increase in June traffic on a 3.6 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 1.2-point increase in load factor to 79.0 percent. Horizon also reported a record 93.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in June, compared to the 88.1 percent reported in June 2011.

The following table shows Horizon's operational results for June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:

 
June
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 583 557 4.7% 3,246 3,296 (1.5)%
RPMs (in millions) 181 172 5.2% 992 1,097 (9.6)%
ASMs (in millions) 229 221 3.6% 1,294 1,433 (9.7)%
Passenger load factor 79.0% 77.8% 1.2pts 76.7% 76.6% 0.1pts
On-time arrivals 93.3% 88.1% 5.2pts 91.1% 81.8% 9.3pts
             

The year-to-date decline in capacity and traffic for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of Horizon’s transition out of the CRJ-700 regional jet. This transition was completed in June 2011.

AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 10.3 percent increase in traffic on a 7.4 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 2.3-point increase in load factor to 87.1 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir.

The following table shows the operational results for June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:

 
June
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,309 2,178 6.0% 12,560 11,998 4.7%
RPMs (in millions) 2,414 2,189 10.3% 13,101 12,146 7.9%
ASMs (in millions) 2,771 2,581 7.4% 15,283 14,581 4.8%
Passenger load factor 87.1% 84.8% 2.3pts 85.7% 83.3% 2.4pts


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, 2010, 2011 and 2012 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

 

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