American Airlines Load Factor Down for August, Traffic Remains Flat

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 September 2014
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An American jet taking off in San Francisco

An American jet taking off in San Francisco

American Airlines announced operational results for August 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. August is the eighth full month in which the two airlines operated under one corporate umbrella following the merger.

Consolidated system traffic for the airline was 20.0 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, the same figure as in August 2013. Consolidated capacity was 23.7 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 1.1%.

American reported that traffic in the Pacific region increased 12%, while the Atlantic and Latin America regions posted declines of 1.6% and 1.9%, respectively.

The airline’s consolidated load factor was 84.6%, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from 85.5% in August 2013.

On the domestic side of operations, American showed a year-over-year decrease, with a 0.1% decline in domestic revenue passenger miles, and a 0.6% decrease in available seat miles.  International RPMs also decreased by 0.1%, although the airline saw an increase in international ASMs, which were up 4.2%.  Mainline RPMs were down 0.1% with a 1.2% increase in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs increased by 1.6%, with a 0.1% increase in regional ASMs.

The airline said it expects consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, for the third quarter to increase by approximately 2% from the same period in 2013.

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