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

PRNewswire 14-Jan-2019 8:00 AM

SEATTLE, Jan. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 GROUP
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 0.4 percent decrease in traffic on a 0.3 percent decrease in capacity compared to December 2017. Load factor decreased 0.1 points to 82.2 percent.

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

MAINLINE
Mainline reported a 2.7 percent decrease in traffic on a 2.7 percent decrease in capacity compared to December 2017. Load factor was flat compared to December 2017. Mainline also reported 81.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in December 2018, compared to 83.1 percent 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

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

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. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 11 consecutive years from 2008 to 2018. Learn about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK).

 

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