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Alaska Air Group Reports February Traffic

3/2/2010 4:40:29 PM

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported February 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 February 2010, compared to 73.5 percent in February 2009, on a 2.4 percent decrease in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Alaska also reported that 86.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in February 2010, a 9.9-point increase compared to the 76.3 percent reported in February 2009. The following tables show the operational results for February 2010 and for the first two months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:

2010

February2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (000,000) 1,350


1,274 5.9%

2,823

2,619

7.8%

Available seat miles
(ASMs) (000,000)

1,692



1,733



(2.4)%



3,588



3,610



(0.6)%

Passenger load factor 79.8%

73.5%

6.3pts

78.7%

72.6%

6.1pts

Revenue passengers (000) 1,106

1,096

0.9%

2,290

2,229

2.7%

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 86.2%

76.3%

9.9pts

86.0%

73.8%

12.2pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported an increase in load factor to 72.2 percent in February 2010, compared to 67.2 percent in February 2009. Horizon also reported that 89.0 percent of its flights arrived on time in February 2010, a 2.7-point increase compared to the 86.3 percent reported in February 2009. The following tables show the operational results for February 2010 and for the first two months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:


2010

February2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

RPMs (000,000) 178

166

7.3%

362

333

8.9%

ASMs (000,000)

246



246



-



515



511



0.6%

Passenger load factor 72.2%

67.2%

5.0pts

70.4%

65.1%

5.3pts

Revenue passengers (000) 496

487

1.7%

1,018

989

3.0%

On-time arrivals 89.0

86.3%

2.7pts

87.7%

78.6%

9.1pts



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 2009 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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