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Alaska Air Group Reports October Operational Results

11/2/2010 2:15:37 PM

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported October operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 15.9 percent increase in traffic on a 9.1 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 4.8-point increase in load factor to 81.8 percent. Alaska also reported that 88.1 percent of its flights arrived on time in October 2010, a 2.3-point increase compared to the 85.8 percent reported in October 2009.

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

2010

October

2009

 

Change

2010

Year-to-Date

2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles RPMs (in millions)

1,691


1,459

15.9%

16,815

15,271

10.1%

Available seat miles
ASMs (in millions)

 

2,066

 

1,894

 

9.1%

 

20,263

 

19,363

 

4.6%

Passenger load factor

81.8%

77.0%

4.8pts

83.0%

78.9%

4.1pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

1,352

1,230

9.9%

13,725

13,026

5.4%

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

88.1%

85.8%

2.3pts

88.7%

82.3%

6.4pts

HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 3.5 percent decline in traffic on a 5.5 percent decline in capacity compared to October 2009, resulting in a 1.5-point increase in load factor to 74.9 percent. Horizon also reported that 85.0 percent of its flights arrived on time in October 2010, a 2.1-point decrease compared to the 87.1 percent reported in October 2009.

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

2010

October

2009

 

Change

2010

Year-to-Date

2009

Change

RPMs (in millions)

196

203

(3.5)%

2,053

2,003

2.5%

ASMs (in millions)

 

262

 

277

 

(5.5)%

 

2,723

 

2,747

 

(0.9)%

Passenger load factor

74.9%

73.4%

1.5pts

75.4%

72.9%

2.5pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

563

570

(1.2)%

5,679

5,625

1.0%

On-time arrivals

85.0%

87.1%

(2.1)pts

86.9%

86.5%

0.4pts


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 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.


This story is also posted online at http://www.alaskaair.com/newsroom/ .

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