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Alaska Air Group reports December 2017 and full-year operational results
Source: Alaska Airlines
12/01/2018

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. (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.

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 9.2 percent increase in traffic on a 10.3 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2016. Load factor decreased 0.8 points to 82.3 percent.

The following table shows the operational results for December and full-year 2017, compared to the prior-year periods(1):

 

December

 

Full-Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,719

 

3,509

 

6.0%

 

44,034

 

41,947

 

5.0%

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

4,505

 

4,125

 

9.2%

 

52,337

 

48,754

 

7.3%

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

5,475

 

4,962

 

10.3%

 

62,070

 

57,953

 

7.1%

Passenger load factor

82.3%

 

83.1%

 

(0.8) pts

 

84.3%

 

84.1%

 

0.2 pts

 

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

ALASKA
Alaska reported a 7.3 percent increase in traffic on an 8.4 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2016. Load factor decreased 0.9 points to 84.1 percent. Alaska also reported 83.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in December 2017, compared to 76.1 percent reported in December 2016.

The following table shows Alaska's operational results for December and full-year 2017, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

December

 

Full Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

2,202

 

2,052

 

7.3%

 

26,111

 

24,421

 

6.9%

RPMs (in millions)

3,011

 

2,806

 

7.3%

 

35,300

 

32,859

 

7.4%

ASMs (in millions)

3,579

 

3,302

 

8.4%

 

41,464

 

38,715

 

7.1%

Passenger load factor

84.1%

 

85.0%

 

(0.9) pts

 

85.1%

 

84.9%

 

0.2 pts

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT(1)

83.4%

 

76.1%

 

7.3 pts

 

82.6%

 

87.3%

 

(4.7) pts

VIRGIN AMERICA
Virgin America traffic increased 12.3 percent on a 12.7 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2016. Load factor decreased 0.3 points to 78.9 percent. Virgin America also reported 82.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in December 2017, compared to 70.2 percent in December 2016.

The following table shows Virgin America operational results for December and full-year 2017, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

December

 

Full Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

745

 

675

 

10.4%

 

8,428

 

8,073

 

4.4%

RPMs (in millions)

1,138

 

1,013

 

12.3%

 

12,936

 

12,175

 

6.3%

ASMs (in millions)

1,442

 

1,279

 

12.7%

 

15,479

 

14,575

 

6.2%

Passenger load factor

78.9%

 

79.2%

 

(0.3) pts

 

83.6%

 

83.5%

 

0.1 pts

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

82.5%

 

70.2%

 

12.3 pts

 

70.0%

 

76.8%

 

(6.8) pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 16.3 percent on a 19.2 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2016. Load factor decreased 1.9 points to 78.4 percent. Alaska's regional partners also reported 80.4 percent of flights arrived on time in December 2017, compared to 61.6 percent in December 2016.

The following table shows regional operational results for December and full-year 2017, compared to the prior-year periods:

 

December

 

Full Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (in thousands)

772

 

782

 

(1.3)%

 

9,495

 

9,451

 

0.5%

RPMs (in millions)

356

 

306

 

16.3%

 

4,101

 

3,720

 

10.2%

ASMs (in millions)

454

 

381

 

19.2%

 

5,127

 

4,661

 

10.0%

Passenger load factor

78.4%

 

80.3%

 

(1.9) pts

 

80.0%

 

79.8%

 

0.2 pts

On-time arrivals(1)

80.4%

 

61.6%

 

18.8 pts

 

80.1%

 

85.2%

 

(5.1) pts

 

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