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Alaska Air Group Reports November Operational Results

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Alaska Air Group Reports November Operational Results08:00 EST Wednesday, December 05, 2012SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported November 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 9.4 percent increase in traffic on a 9.4 percent increase in capacity compared with November 2011. This resulted in a flat year-over-year load factor of 86.4 percent. Alaska also reported 87.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared with the 84.8 percent reported in November 2011.The following table shows Alaska's operational results for November and year-to-date 2012, compared with the prior-year periods: NovemberYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)1,4951,4334.3%16,97716,3254.0%Revenue passenger miles     RPM (in millions)2,0151,8429.4%22,31120,6458.1%Available seat miles    ASM (in millions)2,3332,1339.4%25,74024,2975.9%Passenger load factor86.4%86.4%?86.7%85.0% 1.7 ptsOn-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT87.3%84.8%  2.5 pts87.9%88.4%(0.5) ptsHORIZON AIRHorizon reported an 8.1 percent increase in traffic on a 7.9 percent increase in capacity compared with November 2011. This resulted in a 0.5-point increase in load factor to a record 79.8 percent. Horizon also reported a record 89.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared with the 88.9 percent reported in November 2011.The following table shows Horizon's operational results for November and year-to-date 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:NovemberYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)5695268.2%6,1956,0791.9%RPMs (in millions)1741618.1%1,9101,961(2.6)%ASMs (in millions)2192037.9%2,4432,510(2.7)%Passenger load factor79.8%79.3%  0.5 pts78.2%78.1%   0.1 ptsOn-time arrivals89.8%88.9%  0.9 pts91.5%85.8%   5.7 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 9.3 percent increase in traffic on a 9.1 percent increase in capacity compared with November 2011. This resulted in a 0.2-point increase in load factor to a record 85.8 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 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:NovemberYear-to-Date20122011Change20122011ChangeRevenue passengers (in thousands)2,1122,0025.5%23,71522,6964.5%RPMs (in millions)2,2312,0419.3%24,68322,8837.9%ASMs (in millions)2,5992,3839.1%28,71627,1395.8%Passenger load factor85.8%85.6%  0.2 pts86.0%84.3%  1.7 ptsAlaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.For further information: Bobbie Egan, Media Relations Manager, +1-206-392-5134; Chris Berry, Managing Director of Investor Relations, +1-206-392-5260