Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Alaska Air Group reports February 2018 operational results

Alaska Air Group today reported February operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.

On Jan. 11, 2018, Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations onto a Single Operating Certificate (SOC). Results for Alaska and Virgin America have been combined into a single mainline operation.

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On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 7.9 percent increase in traffic on a 9 percent increase in capacity compared to February 2017. Load factor decreased 0.8 points to 79.4 percent.

The following table shows the operational results for February and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:




February

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
3,229

3,029

6.6%

6,571

6,270

4.8%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"
3,778

3,503

7.9%

7,750

7,339

5.6%
Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"
4,758

4,366

9.0%

9,994

9,277

7.7%
Passenger load factor
79.4%

80.2%

(0.8) pts

77.5%

79.1%

(1.6) pts
MAINLINEMainline reported a 7.1 percent increase in traffic on an 8.1 percent increase in capacity compared to February 2017. Load factor decreased 0.7 points to 79.7 percent. Mainline also reported 84.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in February 2018, compared to 73.9 percent reported in February 2017.
Mainline operational results reflect both Alaska and Virgin America combined. The following table shows mainline operational results for February and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

February

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
2,531

2,345

7.9%

5,126

4,867

5.3%
RPMs (000,000)
3,462

3,232

7.1%

7,105

6,789

4.7%
ASMs (000,000)
4,345

4,020

8.1%

9,113

8,555

6.5%
Passenger load factor
79.7%

80.4%

(0.7) pts

78.0%

79.4%

(1.4) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT
84.3%

73.9%

10.4 pts

85.7%

73.8%

11.9 pts
REGIONALRegional traffic increased 16.6 percent on a 19.4 percent increase in capacity compared to February 2017. Load factor decreased 1.8 points to 76.5 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 85.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in February 2018, compared to 69.6 percent in February 2017.
The following table shows regional operational results for February and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

February

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
698

684

2.0%

1,445

1,403

3.0%
RPMs (000,000)
316

271

16.6%

645

550

17.3%
ASMs (000,000)
413

346

19.4%

881

722

22.0%
Passenger load factor
76.5%

78.3%

(1.8) pts

73.2%

76.2%

(3.0) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT
85.3%

69.6%

15.7 pts

85.8%

66.9%

18.9 pts
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canadaand Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. 

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