American Airlines Group Traffic, Capacity Up in January
American Airlines Group announced operational results for January 2014. The Fort Worth-based company operates both American Airlines and US Airways, and was formed by the merger of American parent AMR Corp. and US Airways Group in December 2013.
The airline only released consolidated results and did not break down reporting between American and US Airways. January is the first full month in which the two airlines operated under one corporate umbrella after the merger.
Consolidated system traffic for January, expressed in revenue passenger miles or RPMs, was 17.3 billion, a 3.8% year-over-year increase. Consolidated capacity was 21.6 billion available seat miles or ASMs, and was up 2.3% compared with January 2013.
The airline’s consolidated load factor reached 80.3%, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from January 2013.
American showed the greatest improvement on its international operations, with a 6.7% increase in revenue passenger miles on a 6.5% increase in available seat miles, while domestic RPMs were up 2.9% on a 1.5% increase in ASM. Mainline RPMs were up 4.2% on a 3.3% ASM increase, while regional RPMs declined slightly by 0.1% on a 5.3% ASM decrease.
American said it expects passenger revenue per available seat mile or Prasm in the first quarter of 2014 to increase by between 2% to 4% over the same period in 2013.
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