Airline Operating Performance

United Reports Traffic Increase for October

United Reports Traffic Increase for October

United Airlines announced operational results for October 2017.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of October was 18.1 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.7% from 17.8 billion RPMs in October 2016. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 3.4% to 22.3 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 21.5 billion ASMs last October.
Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor was down 1.3 percentage points …

Delta Sees Traffic Increase for October

Delta Sees Traffic Increase for October

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for October 2017.
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the months was 18.3 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 4.1% from 17.57 billion in October 2016.  Domestic traffic also rose 4.9%, up to 11.61 billion RPMs from 11.07 billion last year, while international traffic increased to 6.69 billion RPMs, a 2.5% rise from 6.5 billion RPMs the previous October.
Total system-wide …

Southwest Reports Lower Numbers, Citing Hurricanes and Earthquake

Southwest Reports Lower Numbers, Citing Hurricanes and Earthquake

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the third quarter of 2017. The airline posted lower profits, saying it had cancelled some 5,000 flights due to the powerful storms that hit the U.S. and Caribbean, resulting in a write-off of $100 million as well as a severe earthquake in the region.
The Dallas-based carrier reported net income of $503 million, up 29.6% over the same period in 2016, which was $388 million. …

JetBlue Q3 Profit Down, Hurt by Hurricane Season and Higher Expenses

JetBlue Q3 Profit Down, Hurt by Hurricane Season and Higher Expenses

JetBlue Airways announced financial results for the third quarter of 2017.
The New York-based airline said its third-quarter net income fell to $179 million, down by 10% or $20 million from the year prior, citing higher operating expenses and a brutal hurricane season.
The New York-based airline reported third quarter revenue of $1.8 billion, a 4.7% increase from $1.7 billion in Q3 2016.
The carrier said that passenger revenue per available seat mile, …

Alaska Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic, Capacity for September, While Load Factor Declines

Alaska Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic, Capacity for September, While Load Factor Declines

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for September 2017.
The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, and a drop in load factor for the month.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 8.4% year-over-year, up to 4.16 billion RPMs compared to 3.84 billion in September of 2016.
Capacity was 5.02 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 10.1% from 4.56 …

JetBlue Reports Drop in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for September

JetBlue Reports Drop in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for September

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for September 2017. The carrier said that its total traffic, capacity, and load factor were all down for the month.
The airline attributed the decline to major storms throughout the month.
The New York-based airline’s passenger traffic was 3.28 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year decrease of 4.4% from 3.43 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s capacity also fell 0.9% to 4.09 billion …

Delta Sees Load Factor Drop in September

Delta Sees Load Factor Drop in September

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for September 2017.
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 17.65 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 0.3% from 17.6 billion in September 2016.  Domestic traffic also rose 0.3%, up to 10.53 billion RPMs from 10.50 billion last year, while international traffic increased to 7.13 billion RPMs, a 0.3% rise from 7.1 billion RPMs the previous September.
Total system-wide …