American Airlines Reports Traffic Increase in First Month as World’s Largest Airline

By Paul Riegler on 9 January 2014
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An American Airlines jet at JFK on Wednesday

An American Airlines jet at JFK on Wednesday

American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in December to form the world’s biggest carrier, reported that combined traffic was up in its first month as American Airlines Group.

On a combined basis, American Airlines Group traffic increased 5.7% to 18.15 million revenue passenger miles.  Combined capacity was 21.67 billion available seat miles, a 1.9% year-over-year increase.  The airline’s total load factor was 83.8%, an increase of 3% from December 2012.

Individually, American Airlines said traffic increased by 5% year-over-year while US Airways traffic was up 7%.  Capacity was up 1.1% and 3.6% respectively. American’s load factor was 83.3%, a 3.1% increase and US Airways’ was 84.7%, a 2.7% increase.

Meanwhile, United Airlines, which was the largest airline until the December merger, reported consolidated traffic was up 4.1% amidst a capacity increase of 0.5%.  The airline’s load factor was up 3%.

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