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Alaska Air Group Reports February Operational Results

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported February and year-to-date 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 6.2 percent increase in traffic on a 5.4 percent increase in capacity compared with February 2012. This resulted in a 0.6-point increase in load factor to a February record of 85.1 percent. Alaska also reported a record 90.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in February, compared with the 89.5 percent reported in February 2012.

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for February and year-to-date 2013, compared with the prior-year periods:
 

 
February
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,376 1,341 2.6% 2,854 2,695 5.9%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 1,870 1,761 6.2% 3,902 3,577 9.1%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,198 2,085 5.4% 4,632 4,256 8.8%
Passenger load factor 85.1% 84.5% 0.6 pts 84.2% 84.0% 0.2 pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 90.6% 89.5% 1.1 pts 88.6% 84.1% 4.5 pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 3.2 percent increase in February traffic on a 1.5 percent decrease in capacity compared with February 2012. This resulted in a 3.5-point increase in load factor to a February record of 80.0 percent. Horizon also reported a record 92.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in February, compared with the 92.1 percent reported in February 2012.

The following table shows Horizon's operational results for February and year-to-date 2013, compared with the prior-year periods:

 
February
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 528 512 3.1% 1,078 1,012 6.5%
RPMs (in millions) 161 156 3.2% 327 309 5.8%
ASMs (in millions) 201 204 (1.5)% 421 413 1.9%
Passenger load factor 80.0% 76.5% 3.5 pts 77.7% 74.8% 2.9 pts
On-time arrivals 92.4% 92.1% 0.3 pts 88.5% 88.2% 0.3 pts
             

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 6.0 percent increase in traffic on a 4.8 percent increase in capacity compared with February 2012. This resulted in a 1.1-point increase in load factor to a February record of 84.8 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 February and year-to-date 2013, compared with the prior-year periods:

 
February
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,947 1,895 2.7% 4,019 3,794 5.9%
RPMs (in millions) 2,068 1,951 6.0% 4,304 3,956 8.8%
ASMs (in millions) 2,441 2,330 4.8% 5,143 4,756 8.1%
Passenger load factor 84.8% 83.7% 1.1 pts 83.7% 83.2% 0.5 pts


Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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