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Alaska Air Group reports December 2017 and full-year operational results

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SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 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. (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

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