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Alaska Air Group Reports June Operational Results

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Alaska Air Group Reports June Operational Results12:14 EDT Thursday, July 05, 2012SEATTLE, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported June operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES - MAINLINEAlaska reported a 10.6 percent increase in traffic on a 7.5 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 2.5-point increase in load factor to a June record 87.9 percent. This also contributed to a record second quarter load factor of 87.4 percent. Alaska also reported 88.4 percent of its flights arrived on time in June, compared to the 91.4 percent reported in June 2011. The following table shows Alaska's operational results for June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:JuneYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)1,6721,5805.8%9,0278,6404.5%Revenue passenger miles   RPM (in millions)2,1871,97810.6%11,86810,9768.1%Available seat miles   ASM (in millions)2,4892,3157.5%13,70513,0555.0%Passenger load factor87.9%85.4%2.5 pts86.6%84.1%2.5 ptsOn-time arrivals as reported   to U.S. DOT88.4%91.4%(3.0) pts87.5%87.1%0.4 ptsHORIZON AIRHorizon reported a 5.2 percent increase in June traffic on a 3.6 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 1.2-point increase in load factor to 79.0 percent. Horizon also reported a record 93.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in June, compared to the 88.1 percent reported in June 2011. The following table shows Horizon's operational results for June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:JuneYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)5835574.7%3,2463,296(1.5)%RPMs (in millions)1811725.2%9921,097(9.6)%ASMs (in millions)2292213.6%1,2941,433(9.7)%Passenger load factor79.0%77.8%1.2 pts76.7%76.6%0.1 ptsOn-time arrivals93.3%88.1%5.2 pts91.1%81.8%9.3 ptsThe year-to-date decline in capacity and traffic for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of Horizon's transition out of the CRJ-700 regional jet. This transition was completed in June 2011.AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties)On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 10.3 percent increase in traffic on a 7.4 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011. This resulted in a 2.3-point increase in load factor to 87.1 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 June and year-to-date 2012, compared to the prior-year periods:JuneYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)2,3092,1786.0%12,56011,9984.7%RPMs (in millions)2,4142,18910.3%13,10112,1467.9%ASMs (in millions)2,7712,5817.4%15,28314,5814.8%Passenger load factor87.1%84.8%2.3 pts85.7%83.3%2.4 ptsAlaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.For further information: Media, Alaska Airlines Media Relations, +1-206-392-5101, or Investors/analysts, Chris Berry, Managing Director of Investor Relations, +1-206-392-5260