Friday, 12 October 2018

Alaska Air Group reports its September 2018 operational results

Alaska Air Group today reported September and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines Inc. and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries Inc. 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. Results for Alaska and Virgin America have been combined into a single mainline operation.


AIR GROUPOn a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 0.6 percent increase in traffic on a 3.2 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2017. Load factor decreased 2.1 points to 80.8 percent.
The following table shows the operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

September

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
3,579

3,541

1.1%

34,685

33,038

5.0%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"
4,186

4,162

0.6%

41,272

39,072

5.6%
Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"
5,183

5,021

3.2%

49,256

46,169

6.7%
Passenger load factor
80.8%

82.9%

(2.1) pts

83.8%

84.6%

(0.8) pts
MAINLINEMainline reported a 0.3 percent decrease in traffic on a 2.4 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2017. Load factor decreased 2.2 points to 81 percent. Mainline also reported 85.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2018, compared to 83.9 percent reported in September 2017.
Mainline operational results reflect both Alaska and Virgin America combined. The following table shows mainline operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

September

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
2,755

2,755

—%

27,107

25,850

4.9%
RPMs (000,000)
3,789

3,800

(0.3)%

37,677

36,045

4.5%
ASMs (000,000)
4,676

4,566

2.4%

44,730

42,397

5.5%
Passenger load factor
81.0%

83.2%

(2.2) pts

84.2%

85.0%

(0.8) pt
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT
85.2%

83.9%

1.3 pts

83.2%

78.0%

5.2 pts
REGIONALRegional traffic increased 9.7 percent on an 11.4 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2017. Load factor decreased 1.4 points to 78.2 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 83.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in September 2018, compared to 82.7 percent in September 2017.
The following table shows regional operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:

September

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
824

786

4.8%

7,578

7,188

5.4%
RPMs (000,000)
397

362

9.7%

3,595

3,027

18.8%
ASMs (000,000)
507

455

11.4%

4,526

3,772

20.0%
Passenger load factor
78.2%

79.6%

(1.4) pts

79.4%

80.2%

(0.8) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT
83.4%

82.7%

0.7 pts

84.5%

79.4%

5.1 pts
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 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, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.
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