US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today reported April and year-to-date results for 2007. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.5 billion, down 0.1 percent from April 2006.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Capacity was 6.6 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent from April 2006. The passenger load factor for April was 82.2 percent versus 82.1 percent in April 2006.
Said US Airways President Scott Kirby, „As we’ve seen from other airlines, the passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) environment has weakened from the rapid growth rate seen in 2006 leading to more difficult year-over-year comparisons, particularly in the second quarter. In addition, the month was impacted compared to last year due to the timing of the Easter holiday. As a result, our consolidated (mainline and Express) PRASM was down in April when compared to the same period last year.“
America West and US Airways report combined operational performance to the Department of Transportation. For the month of April 2007, the combined domestic on-time performance was 63.2 percent with a completion factor of 98.6 percent.
The following summarizes US Airways Group’s traffic results for April 2007 and 2006 consisting of America West and US Airways mainline operated flights as well as US Airways Express operated flights consisting of wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.
Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc. APRIL 2007 2006 % Change Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 4,546,237 4,541,116 0.1 Atlantic 498,125 475,517 4.8 Latin 408,238 440,408 (7.3) Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 5,452,600 5,457,041 (0.1) Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 5,492,052 5,511,637 (0.4) Atlantic 629,449 567,876 10.8 Latin 513,063 567,368 (9.6) Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 6,634,564 6,646,881 (0.2) Consolidated Load Factor (%) Domestic 82.8 82.4 0.4 pts Atlantic 79.1 83.7 (4.6)pts Latin 79.6 77.6 2.0 pts Total Consolidated Load Factor 82.2 82.1 0.1 pts Consolidated Enplanements Domestic 5,360,078 5,325,239 0.7 Atlantic 124,923 121,682 2.7 Latin 322,523 358,721 (10.1) Total Consolidated Enplanements 5,807,524 5,805,642 0.0 YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 17,238,830 16,900,790 2.0 Atlantic 1,696,892 1,666,960 1.8 Latin 1,522,667 1,580,731 (3.7) Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 20,458,389 20,148,481 1.5 Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 21,661,024 21,612,691 0.2 Atlantic 2,392,531 2,263,909 5.7 Latin 2,002,187 2,147,671 (6.8) Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 26,055,742 26,024,271 0.1 Consolidated Load Factor (%) Domestic 79.6 78.2 1.4 pts Atlantic 70.9 73.6 (2.7)pts Latin 76.1 73.6 2.5 pts Total Consolidated Load Factor 78.5 77.4 1.1 pts Consolidated Enplanements Domestic 20,160,127 19,900,717 1.3 Atlantic 430,108 425,958 1.0 Latin 1,195,402 1,266,423 (5.6) Total Consolidated Enplanements 21,785,637 21,593,098 0.9 Notes: 1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results. 2) Latin numbers include the Caribbean. US Airways Mainline (US Airways and America West combined) APRIL 2007 2006 % Change Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 4,336,607 4,287,086 1.2 Atlantic 498,125 475,517 4.8 Latin 408,238 440,408 (7.3) Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 5,242,970 5,203,011 0.8 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 5,202,160 5,169,130 0.6 Atlantic 629,449 567,876 10.8 Latin 513,063 567,368 (9.6) Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 6,344,672 6,304,374 0.6 Mainline Load Factor (%) Domestic 83.4 82.9 0.5 pts Atlantic 79.1 83.7 (4.6)pts Latin 79.6 77.6 2.0 pts Total Mainline Load Factor 82.6 82.5 0.1 pts Mainline Enplanements Domestic 4,629,495 4,531,554 2.2 Atlantic 124,923 121,682 2.7 Latin 322,523 358,721 (10.1) Total Mainline Enplanements 5,076,941 5,011,957 1.3 YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 16,441,562 15,912,040 3.3 Atlantic 1,696,892 1,666,960 1.8 Latin 1,522,667 1,580,731 (3.7) Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 19,661,121 19,159,731 2.6 Mainline Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 20,505,613 20,122,826 1.9 Atlantic 2,392,531 2,263,909 5.7 Latin 2,002,187 2,147,671 (6.8) Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 24,900,331 24,534,406 1.5 Mainline Load Factor (%) Domestic 80.2 79.1 1.1 pts Atlantic 70.9 73.6 (2.7)pts Latin 76.1 73.6 2.5 pts Total Mainline Load Factor 79.0 78.1 0.9 pts Mainline Enplanements Domestic 17,431,416 16,911,366 3.1 Atlantic 430,108 425,958 1.0 Latin 1,195,402 1,266,423 (5.6) Total Mainline Enplanements 19,056,926 18,603,747 2.4 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, US Airways MidAtlantic Division) APRIL 2007 2006 % Change Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 209,630 254,030 (17.5) Express Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 289,892 342,507 (15.4) Express Load Factor (%) Domestic 72.3 74.2 (1.9)pts Express Enplanements Domestic 730,583 793,685 (8.0) YEAR TO DATE 2007 2006 % Change Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000) Domestic 797,268 988,750 (19.4) Express Available Seat Miles (000) Domestic 1,155,411 1,489,865 (22.4) Express Load Factor (%) Domestic 69.0 66.4 2.6 pts Express Enplanements Domestic 2,728,711 2,989,351 (8.7) Notes: 1) US Airways Express includes data for US Airways' MidAtlantic division through May 27, 2006. 2) Canada is included in domestic results.
US Airways is also providing a brief update on the integration process between US Airways and America West. Listed below are major accomplishments or announcements from the month of April:
* Reached unified agreement with the Transport Workers Union representing the airline's flight simulator engineers. * Announced plans to recall approximately 90 furloughed flight attendants and 130 furloughed pilots through the year's end. * Set forth plans to boost customer service experience at airports and on-board the airline's mainline fleet: - Airline will hire more than 1,000 new employees system-wide to boost airport customer service and pro-actively combat summer attrition - Begun a plan to replace approximately 600 self check-in kiosks in pre-merger US Airways locations - Mainline cabin improvements and higher quality on-board offerings will be seen as early as May on the transatlantic 767 and 757 fleets * Implemented a Pittsburgh fare sale for the second time this year resulting in reduced fares in 45 markets for travel booked by May 4 and completed by July 11. * US Airways' new Dividend Miles program wins industry-coveted Freddie Award in the Best Promotion category for its popular "Everything Counts" program, which allows members to accrue miles through a variety of partners on purchases that many were already making at the Dividend Miles shopping mall, i.e. hotels, flowers, online music, etc. * Accrued approximately $4 million for the airline's employee profit sharing program.
US Airways is the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 36,000 aviation professionals worldwide. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The new US Airways — the product of a merger between America West and US Airways in September 2005 — is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers 16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. This press release and additional information on US Airways can be found at www.usairways.com. (LCCT)
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