Alaska Air Group Reports January Operational Results

Tue Feb 5, 2013 8:00am EST

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SEATTLE,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today
reported January operational results for its mainline and consolidated
operations. Detailed information is provided below.  

ALASKA  AIRLINES - MAINLINE

Alaska  reported an 11.8 percent increase in traffic on a 12.2 percent increase
in capacity compared to  January 2012. This resulted in a 0.2-point decrease in
load factor to 83.4 percent.  Alaska  also reported a record 86.7 percent of its
flights arrived on time in January, compared to the 79.0 percent reported in 
January 2012, when a snow and ice storm in the Pacific Northwest decreased
on-time performance. The following table shows  Alaska's operational results for
 January 2013  compared to the prior-year periods:

                                    January                                             
                                    2013             2012             Change         
 Revenue passengers (in thousands)  1,478           1,354           9.2    %      
 Revenue passenger miles            2,031           1,816           11.8   %      
 
    RPM (in millions)                                                           
 Available seat miles               2,435           2,171           12.2   %      
 
    ASM (in millions)                                                           
 Passenger load factor              83.4   %        83.6   %        (0.2) pts      
 On-time arrivals as reported       86.7   %        79.0   %        7.7 pts        
 
    to U.S. DOT                                                                  


AIR GROUP

On a combined basis, Air Group reported an 11.5 percent increase in traffic on
an 11.4 percent increase in capacity compared to  January 2012. This resulted in
a 0.1-point increase in load factor to a January record of 82.7 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  January 2013  compared to the prior-year
periods:

                                    January                                           
                                    2013             2012             Change       
 Revenue passengers (in thousands)  2,072           1,899           9.1   %     
 RPMs (in millions)                 2,236           2,005           11.5  %     
 ASMs (in millions)                 2,702           2,426           11.4  %     
 Passenger load factor              82.7   %        82.6   %        0.1 pts      


Alaska 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


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