Southwest Posts Record First-Quarter Profit

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 April 2016
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DSC_0208Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016.

The airline reported a profit of $511 million, a record for the first quarter of a year for the carrier. The figure was a 13% year-over-year increase.

“As expected, operating revenues grew in line with our available seat mile growth of 9.2 percent, which is a very strong performance, especially considering the increase in stage length,“ said Gary Kelly, the airline’s CEO. “The sustained strength of customer demand for our one-of-a-kind service produced a record first quarter load factor of 80.5 percent.”

The airline also set a record for first-quarter revenue, reporting $4.8 billion, a year-over-year increase of 9.3%, and was driven largely by first quarter passenger revenue and lower fuel costs, the carrier said.

Southwest’s passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, however, decreased by 3.6%, down to 12.47 cents.

Passenger traffic in the first quarter increased by 9.9%, up to 28.408 revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, from 25.86 billion in the first quarter of 2015.  Meanwhile, capacity increased by 9.2% to 35.268 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 32.297 billion ASMs last year.

Passenger load factor in the first quarter increased by 0.4 percentage points, up to 80.5% from 80.1% in the same period last year.

The Dallas-based airline said it plans to speed up the retirement of its oldest planes, Boeing 737-300s to make room for the newest version of the plane, the 737 Max.

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