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Alaska Air Group Reports September Operational Results

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported September 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 4.3 percent increase in traffic on a 5.9 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2012. This resulted in a 1.2 point decrease in load factor to 82.8 percent. Alaska also reported 87.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in September, compared to the 89.6 percent reported in September 2012.

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

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,546 1,460 5.9% 14,973 14,012 6.9%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 1,981 1,899 4.3% 19,864 18,351 8.2%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,393 2,261 5.9% 22,973 21,124 8.7%
Passenger load factor 82.8% 84.0% (1.2) pts 86.5% 86.9% (0.4) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 87.6% 89.6% (2.0) pts 87.0% 88.1% (1.1) pts

HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 3.8 percent increase in September traffic on flat capacity compared to September 2012. This resulted in a 2.9 point increase in load factor to a September record of 79.7 percent. Horizon also reported 84.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in September, compared to the 94.0 percent reported in September 2012.

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

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 575 547 5.1% 5,326 5,053 5.4%
RPMs (in millions) 175 168 3.8% 1,629 1,559 4.5%
ASMs (in millions) 219 219 ----% 2,009 1,996 0.6%
Passenger load factor 79.7% 76.8% 2.9 pts 81.1% 78.1% 3.0 pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 84.6% 94.0% (9.4) pts 88.6% 91.8% (3.2) pts
             

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 4.1 percent increase in traffic on a 5.2 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2012. This resulted in a 0.8 point decrease in load factor to 82.6 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 2013, compared to the prior-year periods:

 
September
Year-to-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,168 2,055 5.5% 20,720 19,510 6.2%
RPMs (in millions) 2,196 2,109 4.1% 21,852 20,287 7.7%
ASMs (in millions) 2,659 2,528 5.2% 25,397 23,557 7.8%
Passenger load factor 82.6% 83.4% (0.8) pts 86.0% 86.1% (0.1) 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 six consecutive years from 2008 to 2013. 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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