Alaska Air Group Reports October Operational Results

SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported October 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 6.0 percent increase in traffic on a 5.1 percent increase in capacity compared to October 2010. This resulted in a 0.8-point increase in load factor to an October record 82.6 percent. Alaska also reported an October record 91.1 percent of its flights arrived on time, compared to the 88.1 percent reported in October 2010.  

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


October

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

Revenue passenger miles







   RPMs (in millions)

1,793

1,691

6.0%

18,804

16,815

11.8%

Available seat miles







   ASMs (in millions)

2,172

2,066

5.1%

22,163

20,263

9.4%

Passenger load factor

82.6%

81.8%

0.8pts

84.8%

83.0%

1.8pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

1,413

1,352

4.5%

14,892

13,725

8.5%

On-time arrivals as reported







to U.S. DOT

91.1%

88.1%

3.0pts

88.8%

88.7%

0.1pts



HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 16.3 percent decline in traffic on a 19.5 percent decline in capacity compared to October 2010. This resulted in a 2.9-point increase in load factor to an October record 77.7 percent. Horizon also reported an October record 91.8 percent of its flights arrived on time, compared to the 85.0 percent reported in October 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 October 31, 2010, to 48 aircraft at October 31, 2011. This transition was completed in June of 2011.  

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


October

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

RPMs (in millions)

164

196

(16.3)%

1,798

2,053

(12.4)%

ASMs (in millions)

211

262

(19.5)%

2,307

2,723

(15.3)%

Passenger load factor

77.7%

74.8%

2.9pts

77.9%

75.4%

2.5pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

533

563

(5.3)%

5,554

5,679

(2.2)%

On-time arrivals

91.8%

85.0%

6.8pts

85.5%

86.9%

(1.4)pts



AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 5.5 percent increase in traffic on a 4.2 percent increase in capacity compared to October 2010. This resulted in a 1.0-point increase in load factor to 82.0 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 October 2011 and year-to-date 2011, compared to the prior-year periods:









October

Year-to-Date


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

RPMs (in millions)

1,994

1,890

5.5%

20,842

18,903

10.3%

ASMs (in millions)

2,431

2,333

4.2%

24,758

23,042

7.4%

Passenger load factor

82.0%

81.0%

1.0pts

84.2%

82.0%

2.2pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

1,988

1,915

3.8%

20,696

19,404

6.7%



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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