US Airways Reports Record February Load Factor

Mon Mar 4, 2013 8:00am EST

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TEMPE, Ariz.,  March 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC)
today announced February and year-to-date 2013 traffic results. Mainline revenue
passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 4.4 billion, up 2.2 percent versus 
February 2012. Mainline capacity was 5.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs),
down 1.2 percent versus February 2012. Mainline passenger load factor was a
record 81.0 percent for the month of February, up 2.7 points versus  February
2012.

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US Airways' President  Scott Kirby  said, "Our February consolidated (mainline
and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased
approximately one percent versus the same period last year. Our 32,000 employees
continued to deliver outstanding operational results as we produced record load
factors and we thank them for their hard work."

The Company estimates that its unit revenue performance over the  President's
Day  holiday travel period was negatively impacted by approximately four
percentage points, which it believes is partially attributable to the lingering
effects of Hurricane Sandy as many schools in the Northeast remained in session
during the holiday break.

For the month of February, US Airways' preliminary on-time performance as
reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation was 82.0 percent with a
completion factor of 98.3 percent.

The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the month and
year-to-date ended  February 28, 2013  and  February 29, 2012, consisting of
mainline-operated flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by
wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.

 US Airways Mainline                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
 FEBRUARY                                                                                              
                                                               2013        2012        Change       
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                                              
                       Domestic                                3,496,635   3,417,814   2.3     %    
                       Atlantic                                476,197     483,388     (1.5)   %    
                       Latin                                   446,980     424,209     5.4     %    
                       Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles  4,419,812   4,325,411   2.2     %    
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)                                                                 
                       Domestic                                4,148,397   4,148,383   -       %    
                       Atlantic                                755,177     840,715     (10.2)  %    
                       Latin                                   556,016     535,014     3.9     %    
                       Total Mainline Available Seat Miles     5,459,590   5,524,112   (1.2)   %    
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Load Factor (%)                                                                            
                       Domestic                                84.3        82.4        1.9     pts  
                       Atlantic                                63.1        57.5        5.6     pts  
                       Latin                                   80.4        79.3        1.1     pts  
                       Total Mainline Load Factor              81.0        78.3        2.7     pts  
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Enplanements                                                                               
                       Domestic                                3,651,409   3,722,443   (1.9)   %    
                       Atlantic                                115,825     118,812     (2.5)   %    
                       Latin                                   316,538     306,316     3.3     %    
                       Total Mainline Enplanements             4,083,772   4,147,571   (1.5)   %    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
 YEAR TO DATE                                                                                        
                                                               2013        2012        Change       
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                                              
                       Domestic                                7,298,070   7,016,434   4.0     %    
                       Atlantic                                1,060,308   1,074,684   (1.3)   %    
                       Latin                                   915,423     866,907     5.6     %    
                       Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles  9,273,801   8,958,025   3.5     %    
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)                                                                 
                       Domestic                                8,713,715   8,541,955   2.0     %    
                       Atlantic                                1,598,638   1,756,449   (9.0)   %    
                       Latin                                   1,130,340   1,104,722   2.3     %    
                       Total Mainline Available Seat Miles     11,442,693  11,403,126  0.3     %    
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Load Factor (%)                                                                            
                       Domestic                                83.8        82.1        1.7     pts  
                       Atlantic                                66.3        61.2        5.1     pts  
                       Latin                                   81.0        78.5        2.5     pts  
                       Total Mainline Load Factor              81.0        78.6        2.4     pts  
                                                                                                    
 Mainline Enplanements                                                                               
                       Domestic                                7,551,131   7,552,907   -       %    
                       Atlantic                                260,175     263,683     (1.3)   %    
                       Latin                                   648,137     623,139     4.0     %    
                       Total Mainline Enplanements             8,459,443   8,439,729   0.2     %    


 Notes:                                                                                                  
 1)  Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.                  
 2)  Latin numbers include the Caribbean.                                                               


 US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines)                              
                                                                              
 FEBRUARY                                                                        
                                           2013       2012       Change       
                                                                              
 Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                         
                      Domestic             179,711    167,956    7.0     %    
                                                                              
 Express Available Seat Miles (000)                                            
                      Domestic             244,550    247,547    (1.2)   %    
                                                                              
 Express Load Factor (%)                                                       
                      Domestic             73.5       67.8       5.7     pts  
                                                                              
 Express Enplanements                                                          
                      Domestic             600,993    586,838    2.4     %    
                                                                              
                                                                              
 YEAR TO DATE                                                                  
                                           2013       2012       Change       
                                                                              
 Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                         
                      Domestic             365,927    334,610    9.4     %    
                                                                              
 Express Available Seat Miles (000)                                            
                      Domestic             508,659    502,757    1.2     %    
                                                                              
 Express Load Factor (%)                                                       
                      Domestic             71.9       66.6       5.3     pts  
                                                                              
 Express Enplanements                                                          
                      Domestic             1,222,621  1,176,791  3.9     %    


 Notes:                                                     
 1)  Canada is included in domestic results.               


 Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.                                                                           
                                                                                                          
 FEBRUARY                                                                                                    
                                                                     2013        2012        Change       
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                                                
                         Domestic                                    3,676,346   3,585,770   2.5     %    
                         Atlantic                                    476,197     483,388     (1.5)   %    
                         Latin                                       446,980     424,209     5.4     %    
                         Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles  4,599,523   4,493,367   2.4     %    
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)                                                                   
                         Domestic                                    4,392,947   4,395,930   (0.1)   %    
                         Atlantic                                    755,177     840,715     (10.2)  %    
                         Latin                                       556,016     535,014     3.9     %    
                         Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles     5,704,140   5,771,659   (1.2)   %    
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Load Factor (%)                                                                              
                         Domestic                                    83.7        81.6        2.1     pts  
                         Atlantic                                    63.1        57.5        5.6     pts  
                         Latin                                       80.4        79.3        1.1     pts  
                         Total Consolidated Load Factor              80.6        77.9        2.7     pts  
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Enplanements                                                                                 
                         Domestic                                    4,252,402   4,309,281   (1.3)   %    
                         Atlantic                                    115,825     118,812     (2.5)   %    
                         Latin                                       316,538     306,316     3.3     %    
                         Total Consolidated Enplanements             4,684,765   4,734,409   (1.0)   %    
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                          
 YEAR TO DATE                                                                                              
                                                                     2013        2012        Change       
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                                                                
                         Domestic                                    7,663,997   7,351,044   4.3     %    
                         Atlantic                                    1,060,308   1,074,684   (1.3)   %    
                         Latin                                       915,423     866,907     5.6     %    
                         Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles  9,639,728   9,292,635   3.7     %    
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)                                                                   
                         Domestic                                    9,222,374   9,044,712   2.0     %    
                         Atlantic                                    1,598,638   1,756,449   (9.0)   %    
                         Latin                                       1,130,340   1,104,722   2.3     %    
                         Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles     11,951,352  11,905,883  0.4     %    
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Load Factor (%)                                                                              
                         Domestic                                    83.1        81.3        1.8     pts  
                         Atlantic                                    66.3        61.2        5.1     pts  
                         Latin                                       81.0        78.5        2.5     pts  
                         Total Consolidated Load Factor              80.7        78.1        2.6     pts  
                                                                                                          
 Consolidated Enplanements                                                                                 
                         Domestic                                    8,773,752   8,729,698   0.5     %    
                         Atlantic                                    260,175     263,683     (1.3)   %    
                         Latin                                       648,137     623,139     4.0     %    
                         Total Consolidated Enplanements             9,682,064   9,616,520   0.7     %    


 Notes:                                                                                                  
 1)  Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.                  
 2)  Latin numbers include the Caribbean.                                                               


US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more
than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S.,  Canada, 
Mexico,  Europe, the  Middle East, the  Caribbean, Central and  South America.
The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates
the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star
Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to
1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners,
the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates
hubs in  Charlotte, N.C.,  Philadelphia,  Phoenix  and  Washington, D.C. 
Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the
2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for
demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical
operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets
employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only
airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by
LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating
on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years.
The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and
policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers.
For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways
or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCT)

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significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions and
their impact on passenger demand, booking practices and related revenues; the
impact of the price and availability of fuel and significant disruptions in the
supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the
impact of industry consolidation; increased costs of financing, a reduction in
the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the Company's
high level of fixed obligations and ability to fund general corporate
requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive
developments; any failure to comply with the liquidity covenants contained in
financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other
commercial agreements that may affect the Company's liquidity; the impact of
union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; the
inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or
disruptions in service at one or more of the Company's hub airports or focus
city; regulatory changes affecting the allocation of slots; the Company's
reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers; the
Company's reliance on and costs, rights and functionality of third-party
distribution channels, including those provided by global distribution systems,
conventional travel agents and online travel agents; changes in government
regulation; the impact of changes to the Company's business model the loss of
key personnel or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact
of conflicts overseas or terrorist attacks, and the impact of ongoing security
concerns; the Company's ability to operate and grow its route network; the
impact of environmental regulation; the Company's reliance on technology and
automated systems and the impact of any failure or disruption of, or delay in,
these technologies or systems; costs of ongoing data security compliance
requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; the impact
of any accident involving the Company's aircraft or the aircraft of its regional
operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries or other loss of anticipated
fleet capacity; the Company's dependence on a limited number of suppliers for
aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the Company's ability to operate
profitably out of  Philadelphia  International Airport; the impact of weather
conditions and seasonality of airline travel; the impact of possible future
increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the
impact of global events that affect travel behavior, such as an outbreak of a
contagious disease; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations;
the Company's ability to use NOLs and certain other tax attributes; and other
risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company's reports to and
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). There may be other
factors not identified above of which the Company is not currently aware that
may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements, and may also
cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The Company
assumes no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking
statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other
factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law. Additional
factors that may affect the future results of the Company are set forth in the
section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Report on Form 10-K for the
year ended  December 31, 2012  and in the Company's other filings with the SEC,
which are available at  www.usairways.com.

SOURCE  US Airways Group, Inc.


US Airways, Dan Cravens, +1-480-693-5729

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