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Alaska Air Group reports July 2017 operational results

SEATTLE, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported July 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 a 6.6 percent increase in traffic on a 6.4 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2016. Load factor increased 0.2 points to 87.0 percent.

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


July


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

4,075


3,909


4.2%


25,492


24,244


5.1%

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

4,864


4,561


6.6%


30,134


28,308


6.5%

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

5,591


5,253


6.4%


35,596


33,722


5.6%

Passenger load factor

87.0%


86.8%


0.2 pts


84.7%


83.9%


0.8 pts



(1)

2016 information has been adjusted to include Virgin America operating results for comparison.

ALASKA
Alaska reported a 7.8 percent increase in traffic on a 7.0 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2016. Load factor increased 0.6 points to 87.8 percent. Alaska also reported 85.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in July 2017, compared to 89.4 percent reported in July 2016.

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


July


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,445


2,293


6.6%


15,211


14,218


7.0%

RPMs (000,000)

3,292


3,055


7.8%


20,607


19,227


7.2%

ASMs (000,000)

3,748


3,502


7.0%


24,092


22,731


6.0%

Passenger load factor

87.8%


87.2%


0.6 pts


85.5%


84.6%


0.9 pts

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

85.7%


89.4%


(3.7) pts


81.3%


88.3%


(7.0) pts

VIRGIN AMERICA
Virgin America traffic increased 2.4 percent on a 3.2 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2016. Load factor decreased 0.7 points to 86.4 percent. Virgin America also reported 75.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in July 2017, compared to 75.5 percent in July 2016.

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


July


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

763


758


0.7%


4,729


4,611


2.6%

RPMs (000,000)

1,193


1,165


2.4%


7,239


6,945


4.2%

ASMs (000,000)

1,381


1,338


3.2%


8,638


8,291


4.2%

Passenger load factor

86.4%


87.1%


(0.7) pts


83.8%


83.8%


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

75.8%


75.5%


0.3 pts


65.8%


76.1%


(10.3) pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 11.5 percent on an 11.6 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2016. Load factor decreased 0.1 points to 82.0 percent. Regional also reported 82.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in July 2017, compared to 86.0 percent in July 2016.

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


July


Year-to-Date


2017


2016


Change


2017


2016


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

867


858


1.0%


5,552


5,416


2.5%

RPMs (000,000)

379


340


11.5%


2,288


2,136


7.1%

ASMs (000,000)

462


414


11.6%


2,866


2,700


6.1%

Passenger load factor

82.0%


82.1%


(0.1) pts


79.8%


79.1%


0.7 pts

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

82.9%


86.0%


(3.1) pts


79.3%


87.8%


(8.5) 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 and unmatched reliability 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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SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.

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