Alaska Air Group reported October and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Virgin America , and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries as well as third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.

AIR GROUP

On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported an 11% increase in traffic on an 11.6% increase in capacity compared to October 2016. Load factor decreased 0.4 points to 83.8%.

 

October

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,623

 

3,436

 

5.4%

 

36,686

 

35,001

 

4.8%

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

4,367

 

3,935

 

11.0%

 

43,438

 

40,605

 

7.0%

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

5,211

 

4,671

 

11.6%

 

51,380

 

48,219

 

6.6%

Passenger load factor

83.8%

 

84.2%

 

(0.4) pts

 

84.5%

 

84.2%

 

0.3 pts

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

             

ALASKA

Alaska reported a 9.3% increase in traffic on a 10.6% increase in capacity compared to October 2016. Load factor decreased 1 point to 83.8%. Alaska also reported 86% of its flights arrived on time in October 2017, compared to 87.6% reported in October 2016.

 

October

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,111

 

1,949

 

8.3%

 

21,805

 

20,381

 

7.0%

RPMs (000,000)

2,832

 

2,591

 

9.3%

 

29,414

 

27,359

 

7.5%

ASMs (000,000)

3,379

 

3,056

 

10.6%

 

34,501

 

32,272

 

6.9%

Passenger load factor

83.8%

 

84.8%

 

(1.0) pt

 

85.3%

 

84.8%

 

0.5 pts

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

86.0%

 

87.6%

 

(1.6) pts

 

82.4%

 

88.4%

 

(6.0) pts

VIRGIN AMERICA

Virgin America traffic increased 14.2% on a 13.4% increase in capacity compared to October 2016. Load factor increased 0.6 points to 85%. Virgin America also reported 73.3% of its flights arrived on time in October 2017, compared to 76.2% in October 2016.

 

October

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

752

 

685

 

9.8%

 

6,934

 

6,713

 

3.3%

RPMs (000,000)

1,176

 

1,030

 

14.2%

 

10,639

 

10,131

 

5.0%

ASMs (000,000)

1,383

 

1,220

 

13.4%

 

12,658

 

12,041

 

5.1%

Passenger load factor

85.0%

 

84.4%

 

0.6 pts

 

84.0%

 

84.1%

 

(0.1) pts

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

73.3%

 

76.2%

 

(2.9) pts

 

67.8%

 

76.5%

 

(8.7) pts

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.

REGIONAL

Regional traffic increased 14.3% on a 13.7% increase in capacity compared to October 2016. Load factor increased 0.5 points to 80%. Alaska's regional partners also reported 81.3% of its flights arrived on time in October 2017, compared to 85.5% in October 2016.

 

October

 

Year-to-Date

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

Revenue passengers (000)

760

 

802

 

(5.2)%

 

7,947

 

7,907

 

0.5%

RPMs (000,000)

359

 

314

 

14.3%

 

3,385

 

3,115

 

8.7%

ASMs (000,000)

449

 

395

 

13.7%

 

4,221

 

3,906

 

8.1%

Passenger load factor

80.0%

 

79.5%

 

0.5 pts

 

80.2%

 

79.7%

 

0.5 pts

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

81.3%

 

85.5%

 

(4.2) pts

 

79.6%

 

87.3%

 

(7.7) pts