American Airlines Capacity, Load Factor Down in December

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 January 2015
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An American Airlines jet at JFK

An American Airlines jet at JFK

American Airlines Group announced operational results for December 2014.

The Fort Worth-based airline said that its consolidated system traffic was 18.07 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a decrease of 0.4% from 18.15 billion in the same period last year.  Consolidated capacity was 22.47 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.7%.

The airline’s consolidated load factor was 80.4%, a decrease of 3.4 percentage points from 83.8% in December 2013.

The airline said it expects consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, for the fourth quarter to be flat to down to 2% versus the same period in 2013.

Despite consolidated traffic being down, American reported that domestic traffic was up 0.5% and that traffic in the Pacific region increased 24.4%.  However, the Atlantic and Latin America regions posted declines of 7.4% and 6.2%, respectively.

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 company only released consolidated results and did not break down reporting between American Airlines and US Airways. December is the twelfth full month in which the two airlines operated under one corporate umbrella following the merger.

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