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Alaska Air Group reports September 2017 operational results


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SEATTLE, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported September and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.

Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America took place on Dec.14, 2016. Operational results below include Virgin America results from pre-acquisition periods for comparison.

 

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported an 8.4 percent increase in traffic on a 10.1 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2016. Load factor decreased 1.3 points to 82.9 percent.

The following table shows the operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods(1):

 

September

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,543

 

3,384

 

4.7%

 

33,063

 

31,564

 

4.7%

Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"

4,162

 

3,839

 

8.4%

 

39,072

 

36,669

 

6.6%

Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"

5,021

 

4,561

 

10.1%

 

46,169

 

43,548

 

6.0%

Passenger load factor

82.9%

 

84.2%

 

(1.3) pts

 

84.6%

 

84.2%

 

0.4 pts

 

 

ALASKA

Alaska reported a 9.1 percent increase in traffic on a 10.9 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2016. Load factor decreased 1.4 points to 83.1 percent. Alaska also reported 86.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2017, compared to the 90.2 percent reported in September 2016.

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

 

September

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,068

 

1,911

 

8.2%

 

19,693

 

18,432

 

6.8%

RPMs (000,000)

2,742

 

2,513

 

9.1%

 

26,582

 

24,767

 

7.3%

ASMs (000,000)

3,298

 

2,973

 

10.9%

 

31,122

 

29,216

 

6.5%

Passenger load factor

83.1%

 

84.5%

 

(1.4) pts

 

85.4%

 

84.8%

 

0.6 pts

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

86.4%

 

90.2%

 

(3.8) pts

 

82.0%

 

88.5%

 

(6.5) pts

 

VIRGIN AMERICA

Virgin America traffic increased 4.6 percent on a 5.5 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2016. Load factor decreased 0.7 points to 83.5 percent. Virgin America also reported 77.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2017, compared to 82.3 percent in September 2016.

The following table shows Virgin America operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

September

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

689

 

673

 

2.4%

 

6,182

 

6,028

 

2.6%

RPMs (000,000)

1,058

 

1,011

 

4.6%

 

9,463

 

9,101

 

4.0%

ASMs (000,000)

1,267

 

1,201

 

5.5%

 

11,274

 

10,820

 

4.2%

Passenger load factor

83.5%

 

84.2%

 

(0.7) pts

 

83.9%

 

84.1%

 

(0.2) pts

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

77.4%

 

82.3%

 

(4.9) pts

 

67.2%

 

76.5%

 

(9.3) pts

 

REGIONAL

Regional traffic increased 14.9 percent on a 17.3 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2016. Load factor decreased 1.6 points to 79.6 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 82.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2017, compared to 90.1 percent in September 2016.

The following table shows regional operational results for September and year-to-date 2017, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

September

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

786

 

800

 

(1.8)%

 

7,188

 

7,105

 

1.2%

RPMs (000,000)

362

 

315

 

14.9%

 

3,027

 

2,801

 

8.1%

ASMs (000,000)

455

 

388

 

17.3%

 

3,772

 

3,512

 

7.4%

Passenger load factor

79.6%

 

81.2%

 

(1.6) pts

 

80.2%

 

79.8%

 

0.4 pts

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

82.7%

 

90.1%

 

(7.4) pts

 

79.4%

 

87.5%

 

(8.1) pts


Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

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