American Airlines Group Reports Record July Traffic And Capacity

Aug 11, 2015, 08:00 ET from American Airlines Group

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported July 2015 and year-to-date traffic results.

American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were a record 21.8 billion, up 4.8 percent versus July 2014. Total capacity was a record 24.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.2 percent versus July 2014. Total passenger load factor was 87.3 percent, up 2.2 percentage points versus July 2014.

The Company continues to expect its third quarter 2015 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be down approximately six to eight percent year-over-year. In addition, the Company continues to expect its third quarter pretax margin excluding special items to be between 16 and 18 percent.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended July 31, 2015 and 2014, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

American Airlines Group Traffic Results

July

Year to Date

2015

2014

Change

2015

2014

Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic

12,311,374

11,689,581

5.3

%

75,066,344

74,582,262

0.6

%

   Atlantic

3,322,743

3,177,521

4.6

%

16,315,605

17,045,633

(4.3)

%

   Latin America

3,010,488

3,041,993

(1.0)

%

18,763,462

19,819,467

(5.3)

%

   Pacific

939,672

853,652

10.1

%

5,919,756

4,549,634

30.1

%

International

7,272,903

7,073,166

2.8

%

40,998,823

41,414,734

(1.0)

%

Mainline

19,584,277

18,762,747

4.4

%

116,065,167

115,996,996

0.1

%

Regional

2,191,846

2,012,437

8.9

%

13,721,610

12,858,353

6.7

%

Total Revenue Passenger Miles

21,776,123

20,775,184

4.8

%

129,786,777

128,855,349

0.7

%

Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic

13,703,224

13,216,858

3.7

%

87,696,579

86,673,589

1.2

%

   Atlantic

3,963,841

3,954,348

0.2

%

21,285,153

21,866,157

(2.7)

%

   Latin America

3,544,646

3,735,585

(5.1)

%

24,032,629

25,755,855

(6.7)

%

   Pacific

1,084,720

1,017,008

6.7

%

7,055,243

5,458,549

29.3

%

International

8,593,207

8,706,941

(1.3)

%

52,373,025

53,080,561

(1.3)

%

Mainline

22,296,431

21,923,799

1.7

%

140,069,604

139,754,150

0.2

%

Regional

2,635,239

2,475,066

6.5

%

17,052,676

16,127,459

5.7

%

Total Available Seat Miles

24,931,670

24,398,865

2.2

%

157,122,280

155,881,609

0.8

%

Load Factor (%)

Domestic

89.8

88.4

1.4

pts

85.6

86.0

(0.4)

pts

   Atlantic

83.8

80.4

3.4

pts

76.7

78.0

(1.3)

pts

   Latin America

84.9

81.4

3.5

pts

78.1

77.0

1.1

pts

   Pacific

86.6

83.9

2.7

pts

83.9

83.3

0.6

pts

International

84.6

81.2

3.4

pts

78.3

78.0

0.3

pts

Mainline

87.8

85.6

2.2

pts

82.9

83.0

(0.1)

pts

Regional

83.2

81.3

1.9

pts

80.5

79.7

0.8

pts

Total Load Factor

87.3

85.1

2.2

pts

82.6

82.7

(0.1)

pts

Enplanements

Mainline

13,968,670

13,522,395

3.3

%

85,742,920

86,275,952

(0.6)

%

Regional

5,064,691

4,695,226

7.9

%

31,683,976

29,957,112

5.8

%

Total Enplanements

19,033,361

18,217,621

4.5

%

117,426,896

116,233,064

1.0

%

System Cargo Ton Miles (000)

190,501

199,407

(4.5)

%

1,338,042

1,354,470

(1.2)

%

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 regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. 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. This year American topped Fortune Magazine's list of best business turnarounds and its stock was added to the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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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 net operating losses carried forward from prior taxable years (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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2015 (especially in Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors and Part I, Item 2, 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 other filings with the SEC. 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