American Airlines Group Reports December Traffic Results

Jan 12, 2015, 08:00 ET from American Airlines Group

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported December and full year 2014 traffic results.

American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 18.1 billion, down 0.4 percent versus December 2013. Total capacity was 22.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 3.7 percent versus December 2013. Total passenger load factor was 80.4 percent for the month of December, down 3.4 percentage points versus December 2013.

The Company expects its fourth quarter 2014 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be approximately flat to down two percent. In addition, the Company expects its fourth quarter pretax margin excluding special charges to be approximately 10 percent to 11 percent. For more financial forecasting detail, please refer to the Company's investor relations update also filed this morning on SEC Form 8-K.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and full year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

The Company believes it is more meaningful to compare year-over-year results for American Airlines and US Airways on a combined basis. Accordingly, the traffic results provided above and in the enclosed table combine the traffic results for all periods presented.

American Airlines Group Traffic Results

December (a)

Year to Date (a)

2014

2013

Change

2014

2013

Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic

10,572,828

10,516,987

0.5

%

125,916,494

124,276,104

1.3

%

   Atlantic

1,957,384

2,114,324

(7.4)

%

29,305,656

29,684,775

(1.3)

%

   Latin America

2,904,151

3,096,435

(6.2)

%

32,093,575

32,181,556

(0.3)

%

   Pacific

757,740

609,028

24.4

%

8,335,040

7,882,915

5.7

%

International

5,619,275

5,819,787

(3.4)

%

69,734,271

69,749,246

-

%

Mainline 

16,192,103

16,336,774

(0.9)

%

195,650,765

194,025,350

0.8

%

Regional

1,877,673

1,810,219

3.7

%

22,218,836

21,514,230

3.3

%

Total Revenue Passenger Miles

18,069,776

18,146,993

(0.4)

%

217,869,601

215,539,580

1.1

%

Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic

12,814,619

12,247,423

4.6

%

148,082,866

146,224,192

1.3

%

   Atlantic

2,527,195

2,601,598

(2.9)

%

37,573,447

35,966,847

4.5

%

   Latin America

3,760,136

3,833,084

(1.9)

%

41,580,818

40,081,311

3.7

%

   Pacific

924,752

704,778

31.2

%

10,284,844

9,600,509

7.1

%

International

7,212,083

7,139,460

1.0

%

89,439,109

85,648,667

4.4

%

Mainline 

20,026,702

19,386,883

3.3

%

237,521,975

231,872,859

2.4

%

Regional

2,438,002

2,279,219

7.0

%

28,134,563

28,040,874

0.3

%

Total Available Seat Miles

22,464,704

21,666,102

3.7

%

265,656,538

259,913,733

2.2

%

Load Factor (%)

Domestic

82.5

85.9

(3.4)

pts

85.0

85.0

-

pts

   Atlantic

77.5

81.3

(3.8)

pts

78.0

82.5

(4.5)

pts

   Latin America

77.2

80.8

(3.6)

pts

77.2

80.3

(3.1)

pts

   Pacific

81.9

86.4

(4.5)

pts

81.0

82.1

(1.1)

pts

International

77.9

81.5

(3.6)

pts

78.0

81.4

(3.4)

pts

Mainline 

80.9

84.3

(3.4)

pts

82.4

83.7

(1.3)

pts

Regional

77.0

79.4

(2.4)

pts

79.0

76.7

2.3

pts

Total Load Factor

80.4

83.8

(3.4)

pts

82.0

82.9

(0.9)

pts

Enplanements

Mainline

12,165,444

12,145,402

0.2

%

145,574,439

143,747,154

1.3

%

Regional

4,320,480

4,163,080

3.8

%

51,766,362

49,992,258

3.5

%

Total Enplanements

16,485,924

16,308,482

1.1

%

197,340,801

193,739,412

1.9

%

System Cargo Ton Miles (000)

197,387

191,357

3.2

%

2,332,508

2,198,178

6.1

%

(a)

Represents the combined traffic results of American and US Airways. 

Notes:  

1)

Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.

2)

Latin America numbers include the Caribbean.

3)

Regional includes wholly owned subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.

 

About American Airlines Group American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with wholly owned and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn miles for travel, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and everyday purchases. Members of both programs can redeem miles for tickets as well as upgrades to First Class and Business Class. In addition, AAdvantage members can redeem miles for vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information This document includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "plan," "project," "could," "should," "would," "continue," "seek," "target," "guidance," "outlook," "if current trends continue," "optimistic," "forecast" and other similar words. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected fourth quarter pre-tax margin, the expected change in PRASM, and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based on the current objectives, beliefs and expectations of the Company, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions that adversely affect the Company's business; the impact of continued periods of high volatility in fuel costs, increased fuel prices and significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the impact of low cost carriers, airline alliances and industry consolidation; the challenges and costs of integrating operations and realizing anticipated synergies and other benefits of the merger transaction with US Airways Group, Inc.; the Company's substantial indebtedness and other obligations and the effect they could have on the Company's business and liquidity; an inability to obtain sufficient financing or other capital to operate successfully and in accordance with the Company's current business plan; increased costs of financing, a reduction in the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the effect the Company's high level of fixed obligations may have on its ability to fund general corporate requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive developments and adverse economic and industry conditions; the Company's significant pension and other post-employment benefit funding obligations; the impact of any failure to comply with the covenants contained in financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other commercial agreements that may materially reduce the Company's liquidity; the limitations of the Company's historical consolidated financial information, which is not directly comparable to its financial information for prior or future periods; the impact of union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; any inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or more of the Company's hub airports; any inability to obtain and maintain adequate facilities, infrastructure and slots to operate the Company's flight schedule and expand or change its route network; the Company's reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers that have the ability to affect the Company's revenue and the public's perception about its services; any inability to effectively manage the costs, rights and functionality of third-party distribution channels on which the Company relies; extensive government regulation, which may result in increases in the Company's costs, disruptions to the Company's operations, limits on the Company's operating flexibility, reductions in the demand for air travel, and competitive disadvantages; the impact of the heavy taxation to which the airline industry is subject; changes to the Company's business model that may not successfully increase revenues and may cause operational difficulties or decreased demand; the loss of key personnel or inability to attract and retain additional qualified personnel; the impact of conflicts overseas, terrorist attacks and ongoing security concerns; the global scope of the Company's business and any associated economic and political instability or adverse effects of events, circumstances or government actions beyond its control, including the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and limitations on the repatriation of cash held in foreign countries; the impact of environmental regulation; the Company's reliance on technology and automated systems and the impact of any failure of these technologies or systems; challenges in integrating the Company's computer, communications and other technology systems; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; losses and adverse publicity stemming from any accident involving any of the Company's aircraft or the aircraft of its regional or codeshare operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries, or other loss of anticipated fleet capacity, and failure of new aircraft to perform as expected; the Company's dependence on a limited number of suppliers for aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the impact of changing economic and other conditions beyond the Company's control, including global events that affect travel behavior such as an outbreak of a contagious disease, and volatility and fluctuations in the Company's results of operations due to seasonality; the effect of a higher than normal number of pilot retirements and a potential shortage of pilots; the impact of possible future increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the effect of several lawsuits that were filed in connection with the merger transaction with US Airways Group, Inc. and remain pending; an inability to use NOL carryforwards; any impairment in the amount of goodwill the Company recorded as a result of the application of the acquisition method of accounting and an inability to realize the full value of the Company's and American Airlines' respective intangible or long-lived assets and any material impairment charges that would be recorded as a result; price volatility of the Company's common stock; delay or prevention of stockholders' ability to change the composition of the Company's board of directors and the effect this may have on takeover attempts that some of the Company's stockholders might consider beneficial; the effect of provisions of the Company's Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws that limit ownership and voting of its equity interests, including its common stock; the effect of limitations in the Company's Certificate of Incorporation on acquisitions and dispositions of its common stock designed to protect its NOL carryforwards and certain other tax attributes, which may limit the liquidity of its common stock; and other economic, business, competitive, and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company's business, including those set forth in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2014 (especially in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections) and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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