Alaska Air Group Reports November Operational Results

Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanAlaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported November and year-to-date operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below.

 

Alaska reported a 1.5 percent increase in traffic on a 6.7 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 4.2 points, to 82.2 percent. Alaska also reported 87.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared to the 87.3 percent reported in November 2012. The following table shows Alaska’s operational results for November and year-to-date 2013, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

 

November Year-to-Date
2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,529 1,496 2.2% 18,065 16,977 6.4%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 2,046 2,016 1.5% 23,929 22,311 7.3%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions)
2,490 2,333 6.7% 27,861 25,740 8.2%
Passenger load factor 82.2% 86.4% (4.2) pts 85.9% 86.7% (0.8) pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 87.9% 87.3% 0.6 pts 87.3% 87.9% (0.6) pts

The late Thanksgiving negatively impacted load factors for Alaska, Horizon and Air Group in November. Returning holiday travel during the first few days of December should positively impact December load factors.Horizon reported a 2.9 percent decrease in traffic on a 0.1 percent decrease in capacity compared to November 2012.

This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 2.4 points to 77.4 percent. Horizon also reported a record 90.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared to the 89.8 percent reported in November 2012.The following table shows Horizon’s operational results for November and year-to-date 2013, compared to the prior-year periods:

November Year-to-Date
2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 562 569 (1.3)% 6,478 6,195 4.6%
RPMs (in millions) 169 175 (2.9)% 1,977 1,910 3.5%
ASMs (in millions) 219 219 (0.1)% 2,452 2,443 0.4%
Passenger load factor 77.4% 79.8% (2.4) pts 80.6% 78.2% 2.4 pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 90.7% 89.8% 0.9 pts 88.8% 91.5% (2.7) pts

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 1.4 percent increase in traffic on a 6.5 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 4.2 points to 81.7 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir.The following table shows the operational results for November and year-to-date 2013, compared to the prior-year periods:

November Year-to-Date
2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,145 2,113 1.5% 25,064 23,715 5.7%
RPMs (in millions) 2,263 2,232 1.4% 26,352 24,683 6.8%
ASMs (in millions) 2,769 2,599 6.5% 30,836 28,716 7.4%
Passenger load factor 81.7% 85.9% (4.2) pts 85.5% 86.0% (0.5) pts

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