American Airlines Group Reports February Traffic Results

Mar 10, 2015, 08:00 ET from American Airlines Group

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported February 2015 traffic results.

American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 15.0 billion, down 0.7 percent versus February 2014. Total capacity was 18.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 1.8 percent versus February 2014. Total passenger load factor was 79.3 percent for the month of February, up 0.9 percentage points versus February 2014.

Based on two months of actual data and one month of forecast, the Company continues to expect its first quarter 2015 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be down approximately two to four percent and its first quarter pretax margin excluding special items to be approximately 12 to 14 percent.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended February 28, 2015 and 2014, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.


Combined American and US Airways Traffic Results



February



Year to Date



2015


2014


Change



2015


2014


Change















Revenue Passenger Miles (000)














Domestic

8,886,516


9,012,943


(1.4)%



18,576,022


19,090,470


(2.7)%


   Atlantic

1,256,191


1,423,231


(11.7)%



2,881,004


3,243,850


(11.2)%


   Latin America

2,509,425


2,599,135


(3.5)%



5,503,791


5,759,416


(4.4)%


   Pacific

687,046


501,264


37.1%



1,469,810


1,117,517


31.5%


International

4,452,662


4,523,630


(1.6)%



9,854,605


10,120,783


(2.6)%


Mainline 

13,339,178


13,536,573


(1.5)%



28,430,627


29,211,253


(2.7)%


Regional

1,631,704


1,539,617


6.0%



3,357,732


3,169,917


5.9%


Total Revenue Passenger Miles

14,970,882


15,076,190


(0.7)%



31,788,359


32,381,170


(1.8)%















Available Seat Miles (000)














Domestic

10,658,565


10,863,792


(1.9)%



22,833,983


23,105,699


(1.2)%


   Atlantic

1,981,394


2,203,571


(10.1)%



4,223,018


4,677,986


(9.7)%


   Latin America

3,288,770


3,522,419


(6.6)%



7,023,899


7,457,677


(5.8)%


   Pacific

846,748


631,002


34.2%



1,827,483


1,350,561


35.3%


International

6,116,912


6,356,992


(3.8)%



13,074,400


13,486,224


(3.1)%


Mainline 

16,775,477


17,220,784


(2.6)%



35,908,383


36,591,923


(1.9)%


Regional

2,093,732


1,998,129


4.8%



4,467,470


4,184,699


6.8%


Total Available Seat Miles

18,869,209


19,218,913


(1.8)%



40,375,853


40,776,622


(1.0)%















Load Factor (%)














Domestic

83.4


83.0


0.4pts



81.4


82.6


(1.2)pts


   Atlantic

63.4


64.6


(1.2)pts



68.2


69.3


(1.1)pts


   Latin America

76.3


73.8


2.5pts



78.4


77.2


1.2pts


   Pacific

81.1


79.4


1.7pts



80.4


82.7


(2.3)pts


International

72.8


71.2


1.6pts



75.4


75.0


0.4pts


Mainline 

79.5


78.6


0.9pts



79.2


79.8


(0.6)pts


Regional

77.9


77.1


0.8pts



75.2


75.8


(0.6)pts


Total Load Factor

79.3


78.4


0.9pts



78.7


79.4


(0.7)pts















Enplanements














Mainline

10,199,393


10,405,264


(2.0)%



21,424,728


22,136,587


(3.2)%


Regional

3,741,680


3,553,335


5.3%



7,700,332


7,309,488


5.3%


Total Enplanements

13,941,073


13,958,599


(0.1)%



29,125,060


29,446,075


(1.1)%















System Cargo Ton Miles (000)

176,581


173,529


1.8%



347,100


347,333


(0.1)%















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.

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These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current objectives, beliefs and expectations, 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. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described under Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2014, and the following: 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; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; any inability to obtain sufficient financing or other capital to operate successfully and in accordance with the Company's current business plan; 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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; 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 a lawsuit that was filed in connection with the merger transaction with US Airways Group, Inc. and remains 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; the effects of the Company's capital deployment program and the limitation, suspension or discontinuation of the Company's share repurchase program or dividend payments thereunder; 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 Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws that limit ownership and voting of its equity interests, including its common stock; the effect of limitations in the Company's Restated 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the period ending December 31, 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. 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