US Airways Group, Inc. Reports August Traffic

    TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways Group, Inc.
 (NYSE:   LCC) today reported August and year-to-date traffic results for
 2007. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.7 billion, up 4.3
 percent from August 2006. Capacity was 6.8 billion available seat miles
 (ASMs), down 1.9 percent from August 2006. Passenger load factor for the
 month of August was 85.0 percent versus 80.0 percent in August 2006.
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     "Our consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per
 available seat mile (PRASM) during August 2007 was up over five percent on
 a year-over-year basis. Looking forward, we are encouraged as both business
 and leisure demand remains strong. We are also pleased by the progress our
 airline is making operationally, which continues to improve, with an
 average of 87.1 percent of our flights arriving on-time during the recent
 Labor Day weekend," said US Airways President Scott Kirby.
     America West and US Airways report combined operational performance to
 the Department of Transportation. For the month of August 2007, the
 combined domestic on-time performance was 69.4 percent with a completion
 factor of 98.4 percent.
     The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the
 month and eight months ended August 2007 and 2006, consisting of America
 West and US Airways mainline operated flights as well as US Airways Express
 operated flights consisting of wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and
 Piedmont Airlines.
     US Airways Mainline (US Airways and America West combined)
 
     August
                                              2007         2006    % Change
 
     Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                           4,439,033    4,385,858     1.2
        Atlantic                             980,074      795,767    23.2
        Latin                                329,426      331,398    (0.6)
        Total Mainline Revenue Passenger
         Miles                             5,748,533    5,513,023     4.3
 
     Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                           5,148,648    5,452,968    (5.6)
        Atlantic                           1,208,089      983,962    22.8
        Latin                                404,080      453,324   (10.9)
        Total Mainline Available Seat
         Miles                             6,760,817    6,890,254    (1.9)
 
     Mainline Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                86.2         80.4     5.8  pts
        Atlantic                                81.1         80.9     0.2  pts
        Latin                                   81.5         73.1     8.4  pts
        Total Mainline Load Factor              85.0         80.0     5.0  pts
 
     Mainline Enplanements
        Domestic                           4,759,681    4,487,878     6.1
        Atlantic                             248,596      207,303    19.9
        Latin                                272,230      277,209    (1.8)
        Total Mainline Enplanements        5,280,507    4,972,390     6.2
 
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                             2007         2006    % Change
 
     Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                          34,146,500   33,723,796     1.3
        Atlantic                           5,381,136    4,746,525    13.4
        Latin                              2,890,180    3,006,908    (3.9)
        Total Mainline Revenue Passenger
         Miles                            42,417,816   41,477,229     2.3
 
     Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                          41,180,695   41,711,886    (1.3)
        Atlantic                           6,877,422    5,981,817    15.0
        Latin                              3,688,455    4,027,457    (8.4)
        Total Mainline Available Seat
         Miles                            51,746,572   51,721,160     0.0
 
     Mainline Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                82.9         80.8     2.1  pts
        Atlantic                                78.2         79.3    (1.1) pts
        Latin                                   78.4         74.7     3.7  pts
        Total Mainline Load Factor              82.0         80.2     1.8  pts
 
     Mainline Enplanements
        Domestic                          36,290,711   35,294,432     2.8
        Atlantic                           1,375,107    1,226,586    12.1
        Latin                              2,341,957    2,466,981    (5.1)
        Total Mainline Enplanements       40,007,775   38,987,999     2.6
 
 
 
     Notes:
     1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the
        domestic results.
     2) Latin numbers include the Caribbean.
 
 
 
     US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airline, US Airways MidAtlantic
     Division)
 
     August
 
                                               2007       2006    % Change
 
     Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                             188,987     215,305   (12.2)
 
     Express Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                             265,688     312,482   (15.0)
 
     Express Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                71.1        68.9     2.2  pts
 
     Express Enplanements
        Domestic                             703,790     739,294    (4.8)
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                              2007        2006    % Change
 
     Express Revenue Passenger Miles(000)
        Domestic                           1,591,699   1,904,264   (16.4)
 
     Express Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                           2,247,277   2,744,128   (18.1)
 
     Express Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                70.8        69.4     1.4  pts
 
     Express Enplanements
        Domestic                           5,636,436   6,083,891    (7.4)
 
 
 
     Notes:
     1) US Airways Express includes data for US Airways' MidAtlantic division
        through May 27, 2006.
     2) Canada is included in domestic results.
 
 
 
     Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.
 
     August
 
                                              2007         2006    % Change
 
     Consolidated Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)
         Domestic                          4,628,020    4,601,163     0.6
         Atlantic                            980,074      795,767    23.2
         Latin                               329,426      331,398    (0.6)
         Total Consolidated Revenue
          Passenger Miles                  5,937,520    5,728,328     3.7
 
     Consolidated Available Seat Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                          5,414,336    5,765,450    (6.1)
         Atlantic                          1,208,089      983,962    22.8
         Latin                               404,080      453,324   (10.9)
         Total Consolidated Available
          Seat Miles                       7,026,505    7,202,736    (2.4)
 
     Consolidated Load Factor (%)
         Domestic                               85.5         79.8     5.7  pts
         Atlantic                               81.1         80.9     0.2  pts
         Latin                                  81.5         73.1     8.4  pts
         Total Consolidated Load Factor         84.5         79.5     5.0  pts
 
     Consolidated Enplanements
         Domestic                          5,463,471    5,227,172     4.5
         Atlantic                            248,596      207,303    19.9
         Latin                               272,230      277,209    (1.8)
         Total Consolidated Enplanements   5,984,297    5,711,684     4.8
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                             2007         2006     % Change
 
     Consolidated Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)
         Domestic                         35,738,199   35,628,060     0.3
         Atlantic                          5,381,136    4,746,525    13.4
         Latin                             2,890,180    3,006,908    (3.9)
         Total Consolidated Revenue
          Passenger Miles                 44,009,515   43,381,493     1.4
 
     Consolidated Available Seat Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                         43,427,972   44,456,014    (2.3)
         Atlantic                          6,877,422    5,981,817    15.0
         Latin                             3,688,455    4,027,457    (8.4)
         Total Consolidated Available
          Seat Miles                      53,993,849   54,465,288    (0.9)
 
     Consolidated Load Factor (%)
         Domestic                               82.3         80.1     2.2  pts
         Atlantic                               78.2         79.3    (1.1) pts
         Latin                                  78.4         74.7     3.7  pts
         Total Consolidated Load Factor         81.5         79.6     1.9  pts
 
     Consolidated Enplanements
         Domestic                         41,927,147   41,378,323     1.3
         Atlantic                          1,375,107    1,226,586    12.1
         Latin                             2,341,957    2,466,981    (5.1)
         Total Consolidated Enplanements  45,644,211   45,071,890     1.3
 
 
     Notes:
     1)  Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the
         domestic results.
     2)  Latin numbers include the Caribbean.
 
 
 
     Other Notable Accomplishments
     US Airways is also providing a brief update on notable company
 accomplishments during the month of August:
     -- The airline maintenance and reliability groups set a new V2500 engine
        operating hours performance record with the completion of more than
        30,000 flight hours.
 
     -- New livery of the airline's mainline fleet nears the 200 mark, with
        approximately 160 left to paint.
 
     -- Signed a new codeshare agreement with Star Alliance member Air New
        Zealand, providing non-stop flights available for US Airways customers
        to Auckland, New Zealand via San Francisco and Los Angeles.
     US Airways is the fifth largest domestic airline employing more than
 36,000 aviation professionals worldwide. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and
 US Airways Express operate approximately 3,700 flights per day and serve
 more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and
 Latin America. The new US Airways -- the product of a merger between
 America West and US Airways in September 2005 -- is a member of the Star
 Alliance network, which offers our customers 16,000 daily flights to 855
 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. This press release and additional
 information on US Airways can be found at http://www.usairways.com. (LCCT)
     Forward Looking Statements
     Certain of the statements contained herein should be considered
 "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," "indicate,"
 "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "estimate," "plan," "guidance,"
 "outlook," "could," "should," "continue" and similar terms used in
 connection with statements regarding the outlook of US Airways Group, Inc.
 (the "Company"). Such statements include, but are not limited to,
 statements about expected fuel costs, the revenue and pricing environment,
 the Company's expected financial performance and operations, future
 financing plans and needs, overall economic conditions and the benefits of
 the business combination transaction involving America West Holdings
 Corporation and US Airways Group, including future financial and operating
 results and the combined companies' plans, objectives, expectations and
 intentions. Other forward-looking statements that do not relate solely to
 historical facts include, without limitation, statements that discuss the
 possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties or which
 indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be
 predicted, guaranteed or assured. Such statements are based upon the
 current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are
 subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the
 Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from
 the Company's expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are
 not limited to, the following: the impact of high fuel costs, significant
 disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel and further significant
 increases to fuel prices; our high level of fixed obligations and our
 ability to obtain and maintain financing for operations and other purposes;
 our ability to achieve the synergies anticipated as a result of the merger
 and to achieve those synergies in a timely manner; our ability to integrate
 the management, operations and labor groups of US Airways Group and America
 West Holdings; labor costs and relations with unionized employees generally
 and the impact and outcome of labor negotiations; the impact of global
 instability, including the current instability in the Middle East, the
 continuing impact of the military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and the
 terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the potential impact of future
 hostilities, terrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks or other
 global events that affect travel behavior; reliance on automated systems
 and the impact of any failure or disruption of these systems; the impact of
 future significant operating losses; changes in prevailing interest rates;
 our ability to obtain and maintain commercially reasonable terms with
 vendors and service providers and our reliance on those vendors and service
 providers; security-related and insurance costs; changes in government
 legislation and regulation; our ability to use pre-merger NOLs and certain
 other tax attributes; competitive practices in the industry, including
 significant fare restructuring activities, capacity reductions and in court
 or out of court restructuring by major airlines; continued existence of
 prepetition liabilities; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or
 more of our hub airports; weather conditions; our ability to obtain and
 maintain any necessary financing for operations and other purposes; our
 ability to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to maintain contracts
 that are critical to our operations; our ability to operate pursuant to the
 terms of our financing facilities (particularly the financial covenants);
 our ability to attract and retain customers; the cyclical nature of the
 airline industry; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel;
 economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to
 time in our reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be
 other factors not identified above of which the Company is not currently
 aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements,
 and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those
 discussed. All forward-looking statements are based on information
 currently available to the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to
 publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect actual
 results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such
 estimates. Additional factors that may affect the future results of the
 Company are set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the
 Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2007,
 which is available at http://www.usairways.com.
     -LCC-
 
 

SOURCE US Airways Group, Inc.
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