US Airways Reports Record March Load Factor

TEMPE, Ariz., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today announced March and year-to-date 2012 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.3 billion, up 4.8 percent versus March 2011. Mainline capacity was 6.3 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 3.3 percent versus March 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 84.6 percent for the month of March, up 1.2 points versus March 2011.

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US Airways’ President Scott Kirby said, “Our March consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased approximately 8 percent versus the same period last year. I would like to thank our 32,000 employees for continuing to run an outstanding operation. Our team delivered not only our best March operational performance in the history of our Company, but our best first quarter ever, which included seven days with zero mainline cancellations.”  

For the month of March, US Airways' preliminary on-time performance as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation was a record 87.3 percent with a completion factor of 99.4 percent.

The following summarizes US Airways Group’s traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, consisting of mainline-operated flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.

US Airways Mainline













MARCH





2012

2011

Change








Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

   4,096,325

   3,918,470

       4.5

%


Atlantic

      725,122

      680,781

       6.5

%


Latin

      521,958

      498,698

       4.7

%


Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles

   5,343,405

   5,097,949

       4.8

%







Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

   4,750,192

   4,586,884

       3.6

%


Atlantic

      933,824

      915,239

       2.0

%


Latin

      631,331

      609,683

       3.6

%


Total Mainline Available Seat Miles

   6,315,347

   6,111,806

       3.3

%







Mainline Load Factor (%)






Domestic

            86.2

            85.4

       0.8

pts


Atlantic

            77.7

            74.4

       3.3

pts


Latin

            82.7

            81.8

       0.9

pts


Total Mainline Load Factor

            84.6

            83.4

       1.2

pts







Mainline Enplanements






Domestic

   4,287,863

   4,152,719

       3.3

%


Atlantic

      176,101

      167,316

       5.3

%


Latin

      383,574

      371,325

       3.3

%


Total Mainline Enplanements

   4,847,538

   4,691,360

       3.3

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

 11,112,759

 10,438,067

       6.5

%


Atlantic

   1,799,806

   1,740,444

       3.4

%


Latin

   1,388,865

   1,391,137

      (0.2)

%


Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles

 14,301,430

 13,569,648

       5.4

%







Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

 13,292,147

 12,723,537

       4.5

%


Atlantic

   2,690,273

   2,559,489

       5.1

%


Latin

   1,736,053

   1,751,846

      (0.9)

%


Total Mainline Available Seat Miles

 17,718,473

 17,034,872

       4.0

%







Mainline Load Factor (%)






Domestic

            83.6

            82.0

       1.6

pts


Atlantic

            66.9

            68.0

      (1.1)

pts


Latin

            80.0

            79.4

       0.6

pts


Total Mainline Load Factor

            80.7

            79.7

       1.0

pts







Mainline Enplanements






Domestic

 11,840,770

 11,057,486

       7.1

%


Atlantic

      439,784

      428,134

       2.7

%


Latin

   1,006,713

   1,018,669

      (1.2)

%


Total Mainline Enplanements

 13,287,267

 12,504,289

       6.3

%



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)













MARCH





2012

2011

Change








Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

    191,072

    197,202

      (3.1)

%







Express Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

    270,846

    278,693

      (2.8)

%







Express Load Factor (%)






Domestic

          70.5

          70.8

      (0.3)

pts







Express Enplanements






Domestic

    652,808

    670,155

      (2.6)

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

    525,682

    523,300

       0.5

%







Express Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

    773,603

    772,497

       0.1

%







Express Load Factor (%)






Domestic

          68.0

          67.7

       0.3

pts







Express Enplanements






Domestic

 1,829,599

 1,791,562

       2.1

%



Notes:  





1)

Canada is included in domestic results.



Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.













MARCH





2012

2011

Change








Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

   4,287,397

   4,115,672

       4.2

%


Atlantic

      725,122

      680,781

       6.5

%


Latin

      521,958

      498,698

       4.7

%


Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles

   5,534,477

   5,295,151

       4.5

%







Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

   5,021,038

   4,865,577

       3.2

%


Atlantic

      933,824

      915,239

       2.0

%


Latin

      631,331

      609,683

       3.6

%


Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles

   6,586,193

   6,390,499

       3.1

%







Consolidated Load Factor (%)






Domestic

            85.4

            84.6

       0.8

pts


Atlantic

            77.7

            74.4

       3.3

pts


Latin

            82.7

            81.8

       0.9

pts


Total Consolidated Load Factor

            84.0

            82.9

       1.1

pts







Consolidated Enplanements






Domestic

   4,940,671

   4,822,874

       2.4

%


Atlantic

      176,101

      167,316

       5.3

%


Latin

      383,574

      371,325

       3.3

%


Total Consolidated Enplanements

   5,500,346

   5,361,515

       2.6

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

 11,638,441

 10,961,367

       6.2

%


Atlantic

   1,799,806

   1,740,444

       3.4

%


Latin

   1,388,865

   1,391,137

      (0.2)

%


Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles

 14,827,112

 14,092,948

       5.2

%







Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

 14,065,750

 13,496,034

       4.2

%


Atlantic

   2,690,273

   2,559,489

       5.1

%


Latin

   1,736,053

   1,751,846

      (0.9)

%


Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles

 18,492,076

 17,807,369

       3.8

%







Consolidated Load Factor (%)






Domestic

            82.7

            81.2

       1.5

pts


Atlantic

            66.9

            68.0

      (1.1)

pts


Latin

            80.0

            79.4

       0.6

pts


Total Consolidated Load Factor

            80.2

            79.1

       1.1

pts







Consolidated Enplanements






Domestic

 13,670,369

 12,849,048

       6.4

%


Atlantic

      439,784

      428,134

       2.7

%


Latin

   1,006,713

   1,018,669

      (1.2)

%


Total Consolidated Enplanements

 15,116,866

 14,295,851

       5.7

%



Notes:  





1)

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

2)

Latin numbers include the Caribbean.



US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies’ attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCT)

Forward Looking Statements

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SOURCE US Airways Group, Inc.




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