American Airlines Traffic, Capacity Up for April
American Airlines announced operational results for April 2014. The Fort Worth-based company operates both American Airlines and US Airways, and was formed by the merger of AMR Corp. and US Airways Group in December 2013.
The airline only released consolidated results and did not break down reporting between American Airlines and US Airways. April is the fourth full month in which the two airlines operated under one corporate umbrella following the merger.
Consolidated system traffic for the airline was 18.1 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 4.7%. Consolidated capacity was 21.8 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.7%.
The airline’s consolidated load factor was 82.9%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points from April 2013.
American showed the greatest improvement in international operations, with a 3.2% increase in international revenue passenger miles, and a 6.1% increase in available seat miles. Domestic RPMs increased by 2.2% and domestic ASMs increased by 1.3%. Mainline RPMs were up 2.5% with a 3% increase in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs increased 2.2% with a decrease of 2.1% in regional ASMs.
The airline said it expects consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, for the second quarter to increase by between 4% and 6% over the same period in 2013.
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