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US Airways Group, Inc. Reports Record May Load Factor

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US Airways Group, Inc. Reports Record May Load Factor

US Airways Group, Inc. Reports Record May Load Factor

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) today reported May and year-to-date 2009 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.1 billion, down 5.2 percent versus May 2008. Capacity was 6.2 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 5.8 percent versus May 2008. Passenger load factor for the month of May was a record 82.8 percent, up 0.5 points versus May 2008.

US Airways President Scott Kirby said, "Our May consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was down approximately 18 to 20 percent versus the same period last year while total revenue per available seat mile decreased between 14 and 16 percent on a year-over-year basis. We estimate that the H1N1 impact was approximately $20 million in lost revenue in May.”

For the month of May, US Airways’ preliminary on-time performance as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was 79.2 percent with a completion factor of 99.1 percent.

The following summarizes US Airways Group’s traffic results for the month and year-to-date 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

       
 
MAY

2009

2008

% Change

Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 3,889,944 4,144,945 (6.2 )
Atlantic 885,720 872,695 1.5
Latin 328,316 368,510 (10.9 )
Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 5,103,980 5,386,150 (5.2 )
 
Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 4,582,373 4,986,069 (8.1 )
Atlantic 1,132,695 1,121,949 1.0
Latin 450,820 434,177 3.8
Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 6,165,888 6,542,195 (5.8 )
 
Mainline Load Factor (%)
Domestic 84.9 83.1 1.8 pts
Atlantic 78.2 77.8 0.4 pts
Latin 72.8 84.9 (12.1 ) pts
Total Mainline Load Factor 82.8 82.3 0.5 pts
 
Mainline Enplanements
Domestic 3,928,410 4,259,139 (7.8 )
Atlantic 222,924 222,953 -
Latin 266,660 310,006 (14.0 )
Total Mainline Enplanements 4,417,994 4,792,098 (7.8 )
 
YEAR TO DATE
2009 2008 % Change
Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 18,327,439 20,048,060 (8.6 )
Atlantic 2,908,015 2,929,036 (0.7 )
Latin 2,165,407 2,039,907 6.2
Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 23,400,861 25,017,003 (6.5 )
 
Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 22,133,400 24,613,511 (10.1 )
Atlantic 4,035,285 3,969,648 1.7
Latin 2,861,108 2,473,058 15.7
Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 29,029,793 31,056,217 (6.5 )
 
Mainline Load Factor (%)
Domestic 82.8 81.5 1.3 pts
Atlantic 72.1 73.8 (1.7 ) pts
Latin 75.7 82.5 (6.8 ) pts
Total Mainline Load Factor 80.6 80.6 - pts
 
Mainline Enplanements
Domestic 18,874,906 20,698,899 (8.8 )
Atlantic 745,543 750,542 (0.7 )
Latin 1,720,359 1,630,228 5.5
Total Mainline Enplanements 21,340,808 23,079,669 (7.5 )
 
 
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)  
       
MAY
2009 2008 % Change
Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 184,863 195,317 (5.4 )
 
Express Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 265,823 283,266 (6.2 )
 
Express Load Factor (%)
Domestic 69.5 69.0 0.5 pts
 
Express Enplanements

Domestic

675,302 696,776 (3.1 )
 
YEAR TO DATE
2009 2008 % Change
Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 831,362 887,120 (6.3 )
 
Express Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 1,285,587 1,338,609 (4.0 )
 
Express Load Factor (%)
Domestic 64.7 66.3 (1.6 ) pts
 
Express Enplanements
Domestic 3,084,882 3,168,115 (2.6 )
 
 
Notes:

1) Canada is included in domestic results.

Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.
       
MAY
2009 2008 % Change
Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 4,074,807 4,340,262 (6.1 )
Atlantic 885,720 872,695 1.5
Latin 328,316 368,510 (10.9 )
Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 5,288,843 5,581,467 (5.2 )
 
Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 4,848,196 5,269,335 (8.0 )
Atlantic 1,132,695 1,121,949 1.0
Latin 450,820 434,177 3.8
Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 6,431,711 6,825,461 (5.8 )
 
Consolidated Load Factor (%)
Domestic 84.0 82.4 1.6 pts
Atlantic 78.2 77.8 0.4 pts
Latin 72.8 84.9 (12.1 ) pts
Total Consolidated Load Factor 82.2 81.8 0.4 pts
 
Consolidated Enplanements
Domestic 4,603,712 4,955,915 (7.1 )
Atlantic 222,924 222,953 -
Latin 266,660 310,006 (14.0 )
Total Consolidated Enplanements 5,093,296 5,488,874 (7.2 )
 
YEAR TO DATE
2009 2008 % Change
Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 19,158,801 20,935,180 (8.5 )
Atlantic 2,908,015 2,929,036 (0.7 )
Latin 2,165,407 2,039,907 6.2
Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 24,232,223 25,904,123 (6.5 )
 
Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 23,418,987 25,952,120 (9.8 )
Atlantic 4,035,285 3,969,648 1.7
Latin 2,861,108 2,473,058 15.7
Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 30,315,380 32,394,826 (6.4 )
 
Consolidated Load Factor (%)
Domestic 81.8 80.7 1.1 pts
Atlantic 72.1 73.8 (1.7 ) pts
Latin 75.7 82.5 (6.8 ) pts
Total Consolidated Load Factor 79.9 80.0 (0.1 ) pts
 
Consolidated Enplanements
Domestic 21,959,788 23,867,014 (8.0 )
Atlantic 745,543 750,542 (0.7 )
Latin 1,720,359 1,630,228 5.5
Total Consolidated Enplanements 24,425,690 26,247,784 (6.9 )
 
 
Notes:

1)

 

Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.

2)

 

Latin numbers include the Caribbean.

US Airways is also providing a brief update on notable company accomplishments during the month of May:

  • Completed a public offering of stock and convertible notes. The net proceeds from those offerings, including the exercise of overallotment options, after underwriting discounts and transactions fees, was $234 million.
  • Inaugurated new service to Birmingham, U.K., and Oslo, Norway from the airline’s international gateway, Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Announced the launch of daily nonstop flights between its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning December 2, 2009, pending final approval from the Brazilian government. Rio de Janeiro is US Airways’ first service to South America and the airline’s fifth new international route this year.

US Airways was America’s number one on-time airline in 2008 among the “Big Six” hub-and-spoke airlines according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) monthly Air Travel Consumer Report. US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 33,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers more than 16,500 daily flights to 912 destinations in 159 countries worldwide. And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit usairways.com. (LCCT)

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