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Alaska Air Group Reports September Operational Results

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported September 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 5.1 percent increase in traffic on a 5.0 percent increase in capacity compared with September 2011. This resulted in a 0.1-point increase in load factor to a September record of 84.0 percent. Alaska also reported 89.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in September, compared with the 91.7 percent reported in September 2011.
The following table shows Alaska's operational results for September and year-to-date 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:
 

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,460 1,446 1.0% 14,012 13,479 4.0%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 1,899 1,807 5.1% 18,351 17,011 7.9%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,260 2,153 5.0% 21,124 19,991 5.7%
Passenger load factor 84.0% 83.9% 0.1 pts 86.9% 85.1% 1.8 pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 89.6% 91.7% (2.1) pts 88.1% 88.5% (0.4) pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 4.3 percent increase in September traffic on a 7.9 percent increase in capacity compared with September 2011. This resulted in a 2.6-point decrease in load factor to 76.7 percent. Horizon also reported a record 94.0 percent of its flights arrived on time in September, compared with the 92.6 percent reported in September 2011.

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

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 547 528 3.6% 5,053 5,020 0.7%
RPMs (in millions) 168 161 4.3% 1,559 1,635 (4.6)%
ASMs (in millions) 219 203 7.9% 1,996 2,097 (4.8)%
Passenger load factor 76.7% 79.3% (2.6) pts 78.1% 78.0% 0.1 pts
On-time arrivals 94.0% 92.6% 1.4 pts 91.8% 84.8% 7.0 pts
             

The year-to-date decline in capacity and traffic for Horizon from 2011 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 5.1 percent increase in traffic on a 5.1 percent increase in capacity compared with September 2011. This resulted in flat year-over-year load factor of 83.5 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 September and year-to-date 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,055 2,018 1.8% 19,510 18,707 4.3%
RPMs (in millions) 2,109 2,007 5.1% 20,287 18,849 7.6%
ASMs (in millions) 2,527 2,404 5.1% 23,557 22,329 5.5%
Passenger load factor 83.5% 83.5% --- 86.1% 84.4% 1.7 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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