Alaska Air Group Reports October Operational Results

SEATTLE, Nov. 5, 2012 /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 - MAINLINE
Alaska reported an 8.5 percent increase in traffic on a 5.1 percent increase in capacity compared to October 2011. This resulted in a 2.6-point increase in load factor to an October record of 85.2 percent. Alaska also reported 86.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in October, compared to the 91.1 percent reported in October 2011. Hurricane Sandy had a minimal impact on Alaska's capacity as 38 flights to and from East Coast destinations were canceled. The canceled flights reduced scheduled capacity by approximately 14 million available seat miles or about 0.6% of October 2012 capacity.

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for October and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:


October


Year-to-Date


2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

1,470


1,413


4.0

%

15,482


14,892


4.0

%

Revenue passenger miles

    RPM (in millions)

1,945


1,793


8.5

%

20,296


18,804


7.9

%

Available seat miles

    ASM (in millions)

2,283


2,172


5.1

%

23,407


22,163


5.6

%

Passenger load factor

85.2

%

82.6

%

2.6 pts

86.7

%

84.8

%

1.9 pts

On-time arrivals as reported

    to U.S. DOT

86.8

%

91.1

%

(4.3) pts

87.9

%

88.8

%

(0.9) pts

HORIZON AIR
Horizon reported a 7.9 percent increase in traffic on an 8.1 percent increase in capacity compared to October 2011. This resulted in a 0.1-point decrease in load factor to 77.6 percent. Horizon also reported 90.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in October, compared to the 91.8 percent reported in October 2011.

The following table shows Horizon's operational results for October and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:


October


Year-to-Date


2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

573


533


7.5

%

5,626


5,554


1.3

%

RPMs (in millions)

177


164


7.9

%

1,736


1,798


(3.4)

%

ASMs (in millions)

228


211


8.1

%

2,224


2,307


(3.6)

%

Passenger load factor

77.6

%

77.7

%

(0.1) pts

78.1

%

77.9

%

0.2 pts

On-time arrivals

90.6

%

91.8

%

(1.2) pts

91.7

%

85.5

%

6.2 pts

The year-to-date 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 regional jet. This transition was completed in June 2011.

AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)
On a combined basis, Air Group reported an 8.5 percent increase in traffic on a 5.3 percent increase in capacity compared to October 2011. This resulted in a 2.5-point increase in load factor to a record 84.5 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 October and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:


October


Year-to-Date


2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

2,093


1,988


5.3

%

21,603


20,696


4.4

%

RPMs (in millions)

2,164


1,994


8.5

%

22,451


20,842


7.7

%

ASMs (in millions)

2,560


2,431


5.3

%

26,117


24,758


5.5

%

Passenger load factor

84.5

%

82.0

%

2.5 pts

86.0

%

84.2

%

1.8 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 five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.



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