US Airways Group, Inc. Reports July Traffic
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today reported July and year-to-date results for 2007. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 6.0 billion, up 1.8 percent from July 2006. Capacity was 6.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.9 percent from July 2006. For the second consecutive month, US Airways set a record with passenger load factor of 86.3 percent versus 84.1 percent in July 2006. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050223/LAW097LOGO ) "July 2007 consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was up over four percent when compared to July of last year. For the remainder of the third quarter we expect comparisons to last year's PRASM will be favorable as advance bookings and yields continue to look good, and we expect that business demand will remain strong throughout the quarter," said US Airways President Scott Kirby. America West and US Airways report combined operational performance to the Department of Transportation. For the month of July 2007, the combined domestic on-time performance was 66.3 percent with a completion factor of 98.1 percent. The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the month and seven months ended July 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) JULY 2007 2006 % Change Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 4,574,748 4,624,830 (1.1) Atlantic 1,013,385 836,736 21.1 Latin 370,162 394,123 (6.1) Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 5,958,295 5,855,689 1.8 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 5,264,489 5,471,973 (3.8) Atlantic 1,196,796 986,746 21.3 Latin 445,140 507,770 (12.3) Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 6,906,425 6,966,489 (0.9) Mainline Load Factor (%) Domestic 86.9 84.5 2.4 pts Atlantic 84.7 84.8 (0.1) pts Latin 83.2 77.6 5.6 pts Total Mainline Load Factor 86.3 84.1 2.2 pts Mainline Enplanements Domestic 4,810,209 4,705,599 2.2 Atlantic 256,872 218,031 17.8 Latin 305,171 327,338 (6.8) Total Mainline Enplanements 5,372,252 5,250,968 2.3 YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 29,708,656 29,337,937 1.3 Atlantic 4,401,076 3,950,758 11.4 Latin 2,560,355 2,675,510 (4.3) Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 36,670,087 35,964,205 2.0 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 36,032,376 36,258,916 (0.6) Atlantic 5,669,333 4,997,855 13.4 Latin 3,283,842 3,574,133 (8.1) Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 44,985,551 44,830,904 0.3 Mainline Load Factor (%) Domestic 82.4 80.9 1.5 pts Atlantic 77.6 79.0 (1.4) pts Latin 78.0 74.9 3.1 pts Total Mainline Load Factor 81.5 80.2 1.3 pts Mainline Enplanements Domestic 31,537,187 30,806,554 2.4 Atlantic 1,123,162 1,019,283 10.2 Latin 2,067,169 2,189,772 (5.6) Total Mainline Enplanements 34,727,518 34,015,609 2.1 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 Airlines, US Airways MidAtlantic Division) JULY 2007 2006 % Change Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 191,628 222,972 (14.1) Express Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 265,236 307,031 (13.6) Express Load Factor (%) Domestic 72.2 72.6 (0.4) pts Express Enplanements Domestic 705,300 762,755 (7.5) YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 1,402,707 1,688,959 (16.9) Express Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 1,981,589 2,431,346 (18.5) Express Load Factor (%) Domestic 70.8 69.5 1.3 pts Express Enplanements Domestic 4,932,609 5,344,597 (7.7) 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. JULY 2007 2006 % Change Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 4,766,376 4,847,802 (1.7) Atlantic 1,013,385 836,736 21.1 Latin 370,162 394,123 (6.1) Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 6,149,923 6,078,661 1.2 Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 5,529,725 5,779,004 (4.3) Atlantic 1,196,796 986,746 21.3 Latin 445,140 507,770 (12.3) Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 7,171,661 7,273,520 (1.4) Consolidated Load Factor (%) Domestic 86.2 83.9 2.3 pts Atlantic 84.7 84.8 (0.1) pts Latin 83.2 77.6 5.6 pts Total Consolidated Load Factor 85.8 83.6 2.2 pts Consolidated Enplanements Domestic 5,515,509 5,468,354 0.9 Atlantic 256,872 218,031 17.8 Latin 305,171 327,338 (6.8) Total Consolidated Enplanements 6,077,552 6,013,723 1.1 YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 31,111,363 31,026,896 0.3 Atlantic 4,401,076 3,950,758 11.4 Latin 2,560,355 2,675,510 (4.3) Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 38,072,794 37,653,164 1.1 Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 38,013,965 38,690,262 (1.7) Atlantic 5,669,333 4,997,855 13.4 Latin 3,283,842 3,574,133 (8.1) Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 46,967,140 47,262,250 (0.6) Consolidated Load Factor (%) Domestic 81.8 80.2 1.6 pts Atlantic 77.6 79.0 (1.4) pts Latin 78.0 74.9 3.1 pts Total Consolidated Load Factor 81.1 79.7 1.4 pts Consolidated Enplanements Domestic 36,469,796 36,151,151 0.9 Atlantic 1,123,162 1,019,283 10.2 Latin 2,067,169 2,189,772 (5.6) Total Consolidated Enplanements 39,660,127 39,360,206 0.8 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 the integration process between US Airways and America West. Listed below are major accomplishments or announcements from the month of July: -- Reported sixth consecutive profitable quarter ($263 million net profit) and accrued approximately $30 million for the employee profit sharing program, bringing the 2007 total accrual to approximately $34 million. -- Reduced fares in 19 destinations from Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., bringing the total to 1,150 markets that have seen fare reductions since 2005. -- Successfully completed the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which consisted of a comprehensive analysis of the airline's practices in corporate organization and management, flight operations, operations control, maintenance, cabin operations, ground operations, cargo and security. -- For the ninth consecutive year, Charlotte's line maintenance facility earned the FAA's highest award for excellence in maintenance -- the AMT Diamond Award. -- Successfully launched a mobile-device friendly version of usairways.com allowing mobile users almost all functionality of the full usairways.com. -- Filed application with the DOT to begin Charlotte-Philadelphia-Beijing service in 2009 and activated an online petition at http://www.usairways.com/China. -- Christened a new cargo handling facility in El Paso, Texas, where the airline handles cargo for US Airways in addition to several other airlines. 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-RELATED LINKS
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