American Airlines Group Reports March Traffic Results
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported March 2014 and year-to-date traffic results.
American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 18.5 billion, up 0.9 percent versus March 2013. Total capacity was 22.6 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.9 percent versus March 2013. Total passenger load factor was 81.8 percent for the month of March, down 1.6 points versus March 2013.
As previously disclosed, the company’s operations were significantly impacted by severe weather at its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In total, the company canceled more than 34,000 flights in the first quarter. The company estimates these weather-related cancellations reduced first quarter revenue by approximately $115 million and reduced first quarter operating profit by approximately $60 million. The company now expects its first quarter operating margin to be approximately 5 percent to 7 percent.
The company expects first quarter 2014 PRASM to be up approximately 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent versus the same period last year. For more financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor relations update also filed this morning on SEC Form 8-K.
The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.
The company believes it is more meaningful to compare year-over-year results for American Airlines and US Airways on a combined basis. Accordingly, the traffic results provided above and in the enclosed table combine the traffic results for AMR Corporation and US Airways Group for all periods presented. See the accompanying notes for further explanation of this presentation.
American Airlines Group Traffic Results March (a) Year to Date (a) 2014 2013 Change 2014 2013 Change ---- ---- ------ ---- ---- ------ Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 11,085,270 10,865,032 2.0% 30,175,740 29,661,271 1.7% Atlantic 2,020,403 2,056,022 (1.7)% 5,264,254 5,119,186 2.8% Latin America 2,923,146 2,957,705 (1.2)% 8,682,562 8,490,042 2.3% Pacific 587,576 634,216 (7.4)% 1,705,092 1,753,358 (2.8)% ------- ------- --------- --------- International 5,531,125 5,647,943 (2.1)% 15,651,908 15,362,586 1.9% --------- --------- ---------- ---------- Mainline 16,616,395 16,512,975 0.6% 45,827,648 45,023,857 1.8% Regional 1,888,546 1,824,808 3.5% 5,058,463 4,996,829 1.2% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total Revenue Passenger Miles 18,504,941 18,337,783 0.9% 50,886,111 50,020,686 1.7% ========== ========== ========== ========== Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 12,883,759 12,634,759 2.0% 35,989,458 35,630,893 1.0% Atlantic 2,727,172 2,478,430 10.0% 7,405,158 6,838,142 8.3% Latin America 3,899,861 3,706,499 5.2% 11,357,538 10,696,673 6.2% Pacific 728,305 779,012 (6.5)% 2,078,866 2,188,185 (5.0)% ------- ------- --------- --------- International 7,355,338 6,963,941 5.6% 20,841,562 19,723,000 5.7% --------- --------- ---------- ---------- Mainline 20,239,097 19,598,700 3.3% 56,831,020 55,353,893 2.7% Regional 2,376,354 2,384,873 (0.4)% 6,561,052 6,774,669 (3.2)% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total Available Seat Miles 22,615,451 21,983,573 2.9% 63,392,072 62,128,562 2.0% ========== ========== ========== ========== Load Factor (%) Domestic 86.0 86.0 - pts 83.8 83.2 0.6 pts Atlantic 74.1 83.0 (8.9) pts 71.1 74.9 (3.8) pts Latin America 75.0 79.8 (4.8) pts 76.4 79.4 (3.0) pts Pacific 80.7 81.4 (0.7) pts 82.0 80.1 1.9 pts International 75.2 81.1 (5.9) pts 75.1 77.9 (2.8) pts Mainline 82.1 84.3 (2.2) pts 80.6 81.3 (0.7) pts Regional 79.5 76.5 3.0 pts 77.1 73.8 3.3 pts Total Load Factor 81.8 83.4 (1.6) pts 80.3 80.5 (0.2) pts Enplanements Mainline 12,706,484 12,595,083 0.9% 34,843,071 34,433,653 1.2% Regional 4,399,130 4,223,310 4.2% 11,708,618 11,667,208 0.4% --------- --------- ---------- ---------- Total Enplanements 17,105,614 16,818,393 1.7% 46,551,689 46,100,861 1.0% System Cargo Ton Miles (000) 213,404 191,830 11.2% 560,736 500,390 12.1%
(a) Represents the combined traffic results of American and US Airways. For further information regarding the methodology used to produce combined historical results, please see our earnings press release dated January 28, 2014 which can be found at http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/4515/000119312514023249/ d662869d8k.htm. Notes: 1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results. 2) Latin America numbers include the Caribbean. 3) Regional includes wholly owned subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld(®) alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines, and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and at Facebook.com/USAirways.
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SOURCE American Airlines Group