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Alaska Air Group Reports May Operational Results

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported May 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 an 11.2 percent increase in traffic on an 8.5 percent increase in capacity compared to May 2011. This resulted in a 2.2-point increase in load factor to a record 86.9 percent. Alaska also reported 91.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in May, compared to the 90.7 percent reported in May 2011.

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

 
May
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,566 1,483 5.6% 7,355 7,060 4.2%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 2,058 1,850 11.2% 9,681 8,998 7.6%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,369 2,184 8.5% 11,216 10,740 4.4%
Passenger load factor 86.9% 84.7% 2.2pts 86.3% 83.8% 2.5pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 91.4% 90.7% 0.7pts 87.3% 86.1% 1.2pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 4.6 percent decline in May traffic on a 3.1 percent decline in capacity compared to May 2011. This resulted in a 1.1-point decrease in load factor to 76.3 percent. Horizon also reported a record 94.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in May, compared to the 87.3 percent reported in May 2011. The 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.

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

 
May
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 549 547 0.4% 2,663 2,739 (2.8)%
RPMs (in millions) 167 175 (4.6)% 811 925 (12.3)%
ASMs (in millions) 219 226 (3.1)% 1,065 1,212 (12.1)%
Passenger load factor 76.3% 77.4% (1.1)pts 76.2% 76.3% (0.1)pts
On-time arrivals 94.4% 87.3% 7.1pts 90.6% 80.6% 10.0pts
             

AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 10.9 percent increase in traffic on an 8.3 percent increase in capacity compared to May 2011. This resulted in a 2.0-point increase in load factor to a record 86.0 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 May and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:

 
May
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,162 2,051 5.4% 10,251 9,820 4.4%
RPMs (in millions) 2,266 2,044 10.9% 10,687 9,957 7.3%
ASMs (in millions) 2,635 2,433 8.3% 12,512 12,000 4.3%
Passenger load factor 86.0% 84.0% 2.0pts 85.4% 83.0% 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. 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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