Alaska Air Group Reports August Operational Results

SEATTLE, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported August operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below.

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 7.6 percent increase in traffic on a 5.4 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2010. This resulted in a 1.8-point increase in load factor to an August record 88.3 percent. Alaska also reported that 90.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2011, compared to the 88.8 percent reported in August 2010.  

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for August 2011 and year-to-date 2011, compared to the prior-year periods:


August

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

Revenue passenger miles







   RPMs (in millions)

2,105

1,957

7.6%

15,204

13,488

12.7%

Available seat miles







   ASMs (in millions)

2,385

2,263

5.4%

17,838

16,189

10.2%

Passenger load factor

88.3%

86.5%

1.8pts

85.2%

83.3%

1.9pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

1,698

1,602

6.0%

12,033

11,032

9.1%

On-time arrivals as reported







to U.S. DOT

90.8%

88.8%

2.0pts

88.1%

88.6%

(0.5)pts



HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported an 18.5 percent decline in traffic on a 19.5 percent decline in capacity compared to August 2010. This resulted in a 1.0-point increase in load factor to an August record 82.9 percent. Horizon also reported that 92.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2011, compared to the 80.5 percent reported in August 2010. The significant decline in capacity and traffic for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of Horizon's transition out of the CRJ-700 fleet and a corresponding reduction in the size of Horizon's operating fleet from 53 aircraft at August 31, 2010, to 49 aircraft at August 31, 2011. This transition was completed in June of 2011.  

The following table shows Horizon's operational results for August 2011 and year-to-date 2011, compared to the prior-year periods:


August

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

RPMs (in millions)

191

234

(18.5)%

1,473

1,664

(11.5)%

ASMs (in millions)

230

286

(19.5)%

1,893

2,208

(14.3)%

Passenger load factor

82.9%

81.9%

1.0pts

77.8%

75.4%

2.4pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

610

640

(4.8)%

4,492

4,575

(1.8)%

On-time arrivals

92.7%

80.5%

12.2pts

83.9%

87.2%

(3.3)pts



AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 6.7 percent increase in traffic on a 4.4 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2010. This resulted in a 1.9-point increase in load factor to 87.9 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and Horizon, and those under capacity purchase arrangements with SkyWest and a small third-party carrier in the state of Alaska.

The following table shows the operational results for August 2011 and year-to-date 2011, compared to the prior-year periods:


August

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

RPMs (in millions)

2,342

2,196

6.7%

16,842

15,180

10.9%

ASMs (in millions)

2,666

2,554

4.4%

19,927

18,443

8.0%

Passenger load factor

87.9%

86.0%

1.9pts

84.5%

82.3%

2.2pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

2,358

2,242

5.2%

16,689

15,607

6.9%



Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve 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, 2010 and 2011 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.



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