Delta Reports Prasm Down Almost 6%

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 March 2016
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DSC_5025Delta Air Lines announced operational results for February 2016.

The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 14.38 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.3%, up from 13.66 billion in February 2015.  Domestic traffic rose 7.8% to 9.06 billion RPMs from 8.4 billion last year, while international traffic rose to 5.33 billion RPMs, a 1.3% increase from 5.26 billion RPMs last February.

Total system-wide capacity for the month increased 6% to 18.04 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 17.02 billion last year.  The airline’s domestic capacity was 11.19 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 10.6% from 10.12 billion in February 2015, while international capacity decreased 0.7% year-over-year, down to 6.85 billion ASMs from 6.9 billion during February of last year.

The carrier reported a decrease in system-wide load factor, with a drop of 0.6 percentage points, down to 79.7% from 80.3% last February.  Delta’s domestic load factor also decreased, down 2.1 percentage points to 80.9% from 83%, while its international load factor increased by 1.5 percentage points, up to 77.7% from last year’s 76.2%.

The carrier said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month decreased by 5.5%, reflecting “1.5 points of pressure from foreign exchange.”

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