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Alaska Air Group Reports August Traffic

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

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 10.0 percent increase in traffic on a 7.1 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 2.2-point increase in load factor to 86.5 percent. Alaska also reported that 88.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2010, a 3.0-point increase compared to the 85.7 percent reported in August 2009.

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

2010

August2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles RPMs (in millions) 1,957


1,779 10.0%

13,488

12,362

9.1%

Available seat miles
ASMs (in millions)

2,263



2,112



7.1%



16,189



15,607



3.7%

Passenger load factor 86.5%

84.3%

2.2pts

83.3%

79.2%

4.1pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,602

1,498

6.9%

11,032

10,561

4.5%

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 88.7%

85.7%

3.0pts

88.6%

81.0%

7.6pts

HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 2.2 percent increase in traffic on a 1.1 percent decline in capacity compared to August 2009, resulting in a 2.7-point increase in load factor to a record 81.9 percent. Horizon also reported that 80.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2010, an 8.1-point decrease compared to the 88.6 percent reported in August 2009.

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

2010

August2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

RPMs (in millions) 234

229

2.2%

1,664

1,601

4.0%

ASMs (in millions)

286



289



(1.1)%



2,208



2,200



0.3%

Passenger load factor 81.9%

79.2%

2.7pts

75.4%

72.8%

2.6pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 640

622

2.9%

4,575

4,499

1.7%

On-time arrivals 80.5%

88.6%

(8.1)pts

87.2%

85.9%

1.3pts


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

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