Monday, 14 January 2019

Alaska Air Group reports December 2018 and full-year operational results

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Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported December and full-year operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries 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 0.4% decrease in traffic on a 0.3% decrease in capacity compared to December 2017. Load factor decreased by 0.1 points to 82.2 %.

The following table shows the operational results for December and full-year 2018, compared to the prior-year periods:

December

Full-Year

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (000)
3,696

3,718

(0.6)%

45,802

44,005

4.1%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"
4,489

4,505

(0.4)%

54,673

52,337

4.5%
Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"
5,461

5,475

(0.3)%

65,335

62,070

5.3%
Passenger load factor
82.2%

82.3%

(0.1) pts

83.7%

84.3%

(0.6) pts
MAINLINEMainline reported a 2.7% decrease in traffic on a 2.7 % decrease in capacity compared to December 2017. Load factor was flat compared to December 2017. Mainline also reported 81.9% of its flights arrived on time in December 2018, compared to 83.1% reported in December 2017.

Mainline operational results reflect both Alaska and Virgin America combined. The following table shows mainline operational results for December and full-year 2018, compared to the prior-year periods:

December

Full Year

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands)
2,795

2,946

(5.1)%

35,603

34,510

3.2%
RPMs (in millions)
4,036

4,149

(2.7)%

49,781

48,236

3.2%
ASMs (in millions)
4,885

5,021

(2.7)%

59,187

56,943

3.9%
Passenger load factor
82.6%

82.6%

— pts

84.1%

84.7%

(0.6) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT(1)
81.9%

83.1%

(1.2) pts

82.6%

79.1%

3.5 pts
REGIONALRegional traffic increased 27.2 % on a 26.9 % increase in capacity compared to December 2017. Load factor increased by 0.2 points to 78.6 %. Alaska's regional partners also reported 78.9 % of flights arrived on time in December 2018, compared to 80.4 % in December 2017.

The following table shows regional operational results for December and full-year 2018, compared to the prior-year periods:

December

Full Year

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands)
901

772

16.7%

10,199

9,495

7.4%
RPMs (in millions)
453

356

27.2%

4,892

4,101

19.3%
ASMs (in millions)
576

454

26.9%

6,148

5,127

19.9%
Passenger load factor
78.6%

78.4%

0.2 pts

79.6%

80.0%

(0.4) pts
On-time arrivals(1)
78.9%

80.4%

(1.5) pts

83.0%

80.1%

2.9 pts


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