Alaska Airlines Performance

Alaska Air Group Reports March 2017 Operational Results

On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 5.5 percent increase in traffic on a 5.7 percent increase in capacity compared to March 2016. Load factor decreased 0.2 points to 85.4 percent.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:  ALK) today reported March and year-to-date 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 (Regional). Winter storms in 2017 significantly impacted the year-to-date operational performance across the network. Detailed information is provided below.

Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America took place on Dec. 14, 2016. Operational results below include Virgin America results from pre-acquisition periods for comparison.

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 5.5 percent increase in traffic on a 5.7 percent increase in capacity compared to March 2016. Load factor decreased 0.2 points to 85.4 percent. 

The following table shows the operational results for March and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods(1):

 

March

Year-to-Date

2017

2016

Change

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,741

3,551

5.4%

10,018

9,600

4.4%

Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"

4,369

4,142

5.5%

11,707

11,186

4.7%

Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"

5,116

4,840

5.7%

14,394

13,719

4.9%

Passenger load factor

85.4%

85.6%

(0.2) pts

81.3%

81.5%

(0.2) pts

 

(1)     2016 information has been adjusted to include Virgin America operating results for comparison.

ALASKA

Alaska reported a 6.8 percent increase in traffic on a 6.9 percent increase in capacity compared to March 2016. Load factor decreased 0.1 point to 86.7 percent. Alaska also reported 79.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in March 2017, compared to 86.4 percent reported in March 2016. 

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for March and year-to-date compared to the prior-year periods:

 

March

Year-to-Date

2017

2016

Change

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,242

2,090

7.3%

5,951

5,642

5.5%

RPMs (000,000)

3,039

2,845

6.8%

8,091

7,716

4.9%

ASMs (000,000)

3,504

3,278

6.9%

9,799

9,354

4.8%

Passenger load factor

86.7%

86.8%

(0.1) pt

82.6%

82.5%

0.1 pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

79.8%

86.4%

(6.6) pts

78.4%

87.5%

(9.1) pts

VIRGIN AMERICA

Virgin America traffic increased 2.4 percent on a 2.9 percent increase in capacity compared to March 2016. Load factor decreased 0.5 points to 83.3 percent. Virgin America also reported 65.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in March 2017, compared to 73.8 percent in March 2016. 

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

 

March

Year-to-Date

2017

2016

Change

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

668

659

1.4%

1,833

1,766

3.8%

RPMs (000,000)

1,000

977

2.4%

2,736

2,615

4.6%

ASMs (000,000)

1,200

1,166

2.9%

3,461

3,265

6.0%

Passenger load factor

83.3%

83.8%

(0.5) pts

79.1%

80.1%

(1.0) pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

65.5%

73.8%

(8.3) pts

64.7%

77.4%

(12.7) pts

REGIONAL

Regional traffic increased 3.1 percent on a 4.0 percent increase in capacity compared to March 2016. Load factor decreased 0.7 points to 80.1 percent. Regional also reported 84.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in March 2017, compared to 87.5 percent in March 2016. 

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

 

March

Year-to-Date

2017

2016

Change

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

831

802

3.6%

2,234

2,192

1.9%

RPMs (000,000)

330

320

3.1%

880

855

2.9%

ASMs (000,000)

412

396

4.0%

1,134

1,100

3.1%

Passenger load factor

80.1%

80.8%

(0.7) pts

77.6%

77.7%

(0.1) pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

84.2%

87.5%

(3.3) pts

72.6%

89.0%

(16.4) pts



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