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US Airways Reports Record December Load Factor

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today announced December, fourth quarter and full-year 2012 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.0 billion, up 1.3 percent versus December 2011. Mainline capacity was 6.0 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent versus December 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 83.1 percent for the month of December, up 1.2 points versus December 2011.

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US Airways' President Scott Kirby said, "Our December consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased approximately four percent versus the same period last year. I would like to thank and congratulate our team of 32,000 employees for doing an outstanding job of taking care of our customers in 2012 while setting numerous operating records, including on-time departures and arrivals, completion factor, and baggage handling. We look forward to continuing this trend into the New Year and beyond."

As reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation, US Airways' preliminary on-time performance was 82.8 percent for the month of December with a completion factor of 99.3 percent. 

The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the month, fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, consisting of mainline-operated flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.

US Airways Mainline









DECEMBER





2012

2011

Change








Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

3,888,164

3,801,130

2.3

%


Atlantic

651,000

695,605

(6.4)

%


Latin

433,241

413,144

4.9

%


Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles

4,972,405

4,909,879

1.3

%







Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

4,588,632

4,561,746

0.6

%


Atlantic

849,255

918,754

(7.6)

%


Latin

547,321

515,494

6.2

%


Total Mainline Available Seat Miles

5,985,208

5,995,994

(0.2)

%







Mainline Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

84.7

83.3

1.4

pts


Atlantic

76.7

75.7

1.0

pts


Latin

79.2

80.1

(0.9)

pts


Total Mainline Load Factor

83.1

81.9

1.2

pts







Mainline Enplanements






Domestic

3,931,176

3,896,288

0.9

%


Atlantic

159,445

171,417

(7.0)

%


Latin

311,372

304,397

2.3

%


Total Mainline Enplanements

4,401,993

4,372,102

0.7

%













QUARTER TO DATE  







2012

2011

Change








Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

11,620,687

11,114,145

4.6

%


Atlantic

2,164,499

2,296,835

(5.8)

%


Latin

1,087,117

1,067,347

1.9

%


Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles

14,872,303

14,478,327

2.7

%







Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

13,415,715

13,126,185

2.2

%


Atlantic

2,777,855

2,969,489

(6.5)

%


Latin

1,352,462

1,323,028

2.2

%


Total Mainline Available Seat Miles

17,546,032

17,418,702

0.7

%







Mainline Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

86.6

84.7

1.9

pts


Atlantic

77.9

77.3

0.6

pts


Latin

80.4

80.7

(0.3)

pts


Total Mainline Load Factor

84.8

83.1

1.7

pts







Mainline Enplanements






Domestic

12,027,673

11,779,280

2.1

%


Atlantic

533,680

566,907

(5.9)

%


Latin

789,228

789,907

(0.1)

%


Total Mainline Enplanements

13,350,581

13,136,094

1.6

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

46,662,335

45,087,640

3.5

%


Atlantic

10,741,122

10,792,122

(0.5)

%


Latin

5,032,878

4,899,106

2.7

%


Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles

62,436,335

60,778,868

2.7

%







Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

54,508,319

53,155,839

2.5

%


Atlantic

13,604,210

13,453,752

1.1

%


Latin

6,098,560

5,993,474

1.8

%


Total Mainline Available Seat Miles

74,211,089

72,603,065

2.2

%







Mainline Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

85.6

84.8

0.8

pts


Atlantic

79.0

80.2

(1.2)

pts


Latin

82.5

81.7

0.8

pts


Total Mainline Load Factor

84.1

83.7

0.4

pts







Mainline Enplanements






Domestic

47,928,705

46,656,489

2.7

%


Atlantic

2,643,706

2,663,244

(0.7)

%


Latin

3,705,464

3,639,075

1.8

%


Total Mainline Enplanements

54,277,875

52,958,808

2.5

%













Notes:  





1)

Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.

2)

Latin numbers include the Caribbean.







 

US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines)









DECEMBER





2012

2011

Change








Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

209,664

181,696

15.4

%







Express Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic 

279,142

255,682

9.2

%







Express Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

75.1

71.1

4.0

pts







Express Enplanements






Domestic

690,830

634,160

8.9

%













QUARTER TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

641,080

572,758

11.9

%







Express Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic 

831,189

773,879

7.4

%







Express Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

77.1

74.0

3.1

pts







Express Enplanements






Domestic 

2,127,243

1,985,558

7.1

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

2,444,111

2,298,451

6.3

%







Express Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic 

3,299,122

3,152,186

4.7

%







Express Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

74.1

72.9

1.2

pts







Express Enplanements






Domestic 

8,246,941

7,895,309

4.5

%













Notes:  





1)

Canada is included in domestic results.





    

Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.









DECEMBER





2012

2011

Change








Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

4,097,828

3,982,826

2.9

%


Atlantic

651,000

695,605

(6.4)

%


Latin

433,241

413,144

4.9

%


Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles

5,182,069

5,091,575

1.8

%







Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

4,867,774

4,817,428

1.0

%


Atlantic

849,255

918,754

(7.6)

%


Latin

547,321

515,494

6.2

%


Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles

6,264,350

6,251,676

0.2

%







Consolidated Load Factor (%)






Domestic

84.2

82.7

1.5

pts


Atlantic

76.7

75.7

1.0

pts


Latin

79.2

80.1

(0.9)

pts


Total Consolidated Load Factor

82.7

81.4

1.3

pts







Consolidated Enplanements






Domestic

4,622,006

4,530,448

2.0

%


Atlantic

159,445

171,417

(7.0)

%


Latin

311,372

304,397

2.3

%


Total Consolidated Enplanements

5,092,823

5,006,262

1.7

%













QUARTER TO DATE  







2012

2011

Change








Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

12,261,767

11,686,903

4.9

%


Atlantic

2,164,499

2,296,835

(5.8)

%


Latin

1,087,117

1,067,347

1.9

%


Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles

15,513,383

15,051,085

3.1

%







Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

14,246,904

13,900,064

2.5

%


Atlantic

2,777,855

2,969,489

(6.5)

%


Latin

1,352,462

1,323,028

2.2

%


Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles

18,377,221

18,192,581

1.0

%







Consolidated Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

86.1

84.1

2.0

pts


Atlantic

77.9

77.3

0.6

pts


Latin

80.4

80.7

(0.3)

pts


Total Consolidated Load Factor

84.4

82.7

1.7

pts







Consolidated Enplanements






Domestic

14,154,916

13,764,838

2.8

%


Atlantic

533,680

566,907

(5.9)

%


Latin

789,228

789,907

(0.1)

%


Total Consolidated Enplanements

15,477,824

15,121,652

2.4

%













YEAR TO DATE







2012

2011

Change








Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)






Domestic

49,106,446

47,386,091

3.6

%


Atlantic

10,741,122

10,792,122

(0.5)

%


Latin

5,032,878

4,899,106

2.7

%


Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles

64,880,446

63,077,319

2.9

%







Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)






Domestic

57,807,441

56,308,025

2.7

%


Atlantic

13,604,210

13,453,752

1.1

%


Latin

6,098,560

5,993,474

1.8

%


Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles

77,510,211

75,755,251

2.3

%







Consolidated Load Factor (%)






Domestic 

84.9

84.2

0.7

pts


Atlantic

79.0

80.2

(1.2)

pts


Latin

82.5

81.7

0.8

pts


Total Consolidated Load Factor

83.7

83.3

0.4

pts







Consolidated Enplanements






Domestic

56,175,646

54,551,798

3.0

%


Atlantic

2,643,706

2,663,244

(0.7)

%


Latin

3,705,464

3,639,075

1.8

%


Total Consolidated Enplanements

62,524,816

60,854,117

2.7

%













Notes:  





1)

Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.

2)

Latin numbers include the Caribbean.







US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 195 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCT)

Forward Looking Statements

Certain of the statements contained or referred to herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "plan," "project," "could," "should," "would," "continue" and similar terms used in connection with statements regarding, among others, the outlook, expected fuel costs, revenue and pricing environment, and expected financial performance and liquidity position of the Company. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from these statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions and their impact on passenger demand, booking practices and related revenues; the impact of the price and availability of fuel and significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the impact of industry consolidation; increased costs of financing, a reduction in the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the Company's high level of fixed obligations and ability to fund general corporate requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive developments; any failure to comply with the liquidity covenants contained in financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other commercial agreements that may affect the Company's liquidity; the impact of union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; the inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or more of the Company's hub airports or focus city; regulatory changes affecting the allocation of slots; the Company's reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers; the Company's reliance on and costs, rights and functionality of third-party distribution channels, including those provided by global distribution systems, conventional travel agents and online travel agents; changes in government regulation; the impact of changes to the Company's business model the loss of key personnel or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of conflicts overseas or terrorist attacks, and the impact of ongoing security concerns; the Company's ability to operate and grow its route network; the impact of environmental regulation; the Company's reliance on technology and automated systems and the impact of any failure or disruption of, or delay in, these technologies or systems; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; the impact of any accident involving the Company's aircraft or the aircraft of its regional operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries or other loss of anticipated fleet capacity; the Company's dependence on a limited number of suppliers for aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the Company's ability to operate profitably out of Philadelphia International Airport; the impact of weather conditions and seasonality of airline travel; the impact of possible future increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the impact of global events that affect travel behavior, such as an outbreak of a contagious disease; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the Company's ability to use NOLs and certain other tax attributes; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company's reports to and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). There may be other factors not identified above of which the Company is not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements, and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law. Additional factors that may affect the future results of the Company are set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and in the Company's other filings with the SEC, which are available at www.usairways.com.

SOURCE US Airways

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