HONOLULU, Oct. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) ("Hawaiian" or the "Company"), today announced its system-wide traffic statistics for the month and quarter ended September 30, 2019. The Company also updated its expectations for certain third quarter 2019 financial metrics.
Hawaiian welcomed more than 931,000 guests in September 2019. Total traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 3.0 percent on an increase of 0.7 percent in capacity (available seat miles) compared to September 2018. Load factor increased 1.9 points to 85.5 percent.
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, Hawaiian welcomed more than 3 million guests. Total traffic increased 2.7 percent on a decrease of 0.4 percent in capacity. Load factor increased 2.7 points to 87.8 percent.
The table below summarizes September, third quarter, and year-to-date statistics compared to the respective prior-year periods.
Revenue Passenger Mile; one paying passenger transported one mile
Available Seat Mile; one seat transported one mile
Load Factor; percentage of seating capacity filled
1Includes the operations of contract carriers under capacity purchase agreements.
Third Quarter 2019 Outlook
The Company has revised certain of its expectations for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 that were previously provided in its Second Quarter Earnings Release on July 30, 2019.
Specifically, the Company:
raised its estimates for operating revenue per ASM due to better than expected yields in long-haul markets, particularly in its International entity;
narrowed its estimates for operating cost per ASM excluding fuel and non-recurring items;
narrowed its estimates for gallons of jet fuel consumed; and
lowered its estimates for economic fuel cost per gallon.
The table below summarizes the Company's revised expectations for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Prior Third Quarter 2019 Guidance
Revised Third Quarter 2019 Guidance
Prior GAAP Third Quarter 2019 Guidance
Revised GAAP Third Quarter 2019 Guidance
Operating revenue per available seat mile (ASM)
Down 1.5 - 4.5%
Down 0.5% - up 0.5%
Cost per ASM (CASM) excluding aircraft fuel and non-recurring items (a)
Up 3.5 - 6.5%
Up 4.5 - 5.5%
Cost per ASM (a)
Down 0.5% - Up 1.7%
Down 0.8% - Up 0.2%
Gallons of jet fuel consumed
Down 2.5 - 4.5%
Down 3.0 - 4.0%
Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)
Fuel cost per gallon (b)
See Table 1 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding aircraft fuel and non-recurring items.
See Table 2 for a reconciliation of GAAP fuel costs to economic fuel costs.
The Company believes that economic fuel expense is a good measure of the effect of fuel prices on its business as it most closely approximates the net cash outflow associated with the purchase of fuel for its operations in a period. The Company defines economic fuel expense as GAAP fuel expense plus losses/(gains) realized through actual cash (receipts)/payments received from or paid to hedge counterparties for fuel hedge derivative contracts settled during the period.
Estimated three months ending
September 30, 2019
(in thousands, except per-gallon amounts)
Aircraft fuel expense, including taxes and delivery
Realized losses (gains) on settlement of fuel derivative contracts
Economic fuel expense
Fuel gallons consumed
Economic fuel costs per gallon
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's expectations regarding operating revenue per available seat mile, cost per available seat mile, and cost per available seat mile excluding fuel for the quarter ended September 30, 2019; and statements as to other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts or statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words, and similar expressions are also intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's ability to accurately forecast quarterly results; economic volatility; macroeconomic developments; political developments; the price and availability of aircraft fuel; fluctuations in demand for transportation in the markets in which the Company operates, including due to the occurrence of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis; the Company's dependence on tourist travel; labor negotiations and related developments; competitive pressures, including the impact of rising industry capacity between North America and Hawai'i; the Company's ability to continue to generate sufficient cash flow to support the payment of a quarterly dividend; changes in the Company's future capital needs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the Company's ability to implement its growth strategy.
The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements also include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed from time to time in the Company's other public filings and public announcements, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied herein will not be realized.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 15 years (2004-2018) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.
Now in its 90th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.
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