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American Airlines Group Reports February Traffic and Record Operational Performance

/EIN News/ -- FORT WORTH, Texas, March 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) today reported February and year-to-date 2017 traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 15.2 billion, down 3.3 percent versus February 2016. Total capacity was 19.6 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 3.7 percent versus February 2016. Total passenger load factor was 77.3 percent, up 0.3 percentage points versus February 2016.

In February, the Company’s 120,000 team members set several operational records, including a systemwide mainline on-time departure rate of 74.8 percent, which was the best for any month since the Company’s 2013 merger. In addition, the Company also set February records for on-time arrivals of 85.2 percent and completion factor of 98.8 percent as preliminarily reported to the Department of Transportation.

The Company expects its first quarter 2017 total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) to be up approximately 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent year-over-year vs. its previous guidance of up 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent. This decrease is due primarily to the Company’s year-to-date systemwide mainline completion factor of 98.9 percent vs. 97.7 percent in the same period last year. The higher completion factor is positive for customer service and profitability, but the additional ASMs generally reduce TRASM results. The Company continues to expect its first quarter pre-tax margin excluding special items1 to be between 3 percent and 5 percent.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month ended February 28, 2017, and February 29, 2016, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

1 American is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP as the nature or amount of special items cannot be determined at this time

                                     
  American Airlines Group Traffic Results      
    February     Year to Date  
    2017     2016     Change     2017     2016     Change  
                                         
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)      
  Domestic   8,873,835       9,356,535       (5.2 ) %     18,534,483       19,181,819       (3.4 ) %
    Atlantic   1,154,126       1,219,709       (5.4 ) %     2,704,814       2,844,197       (4.9 ) %
    Latin America   2,254,265       2,453,589       (8.1 ) %     4,915,774       5,349,268       (8.1 ) %
    Pacific   1,099,018       923,700       19.0   %     2,383,433       1,910,441       24.8   %
  International   4,507,409       4,596,998       (1.9 ) %     10,004,021       10,103,906       (1.0 ) %
  Mainline    13,381,244       13,953,533       (4.1 ) %     28,538,504       29,285,725       (2.6 ) %
  Regional   1,778,491       1,725,496       3.1   %     3,657,628       3,475,354       5.2   %
  Total Revenue Passenger Miles   15,159,735       15,679,029       (3.3 ) %     32,196,132       32,761,079       (1.7 ) %
                               
Available Seat Miles (000)                              
  Domestic   10,927,299       11,502,210       (5.0 ) %     22,966,832       23,444,128       (2.0 ) %
    Atlantic   1,840,119       2,050,648       (10.3 ) %     3,960,386       4,257,329       (7.0 ) %
    Latin America   3,002,073       3,314,491       (9.4 ) %     6,347,434       6,965,148       (8.9 ) %
    Pacific   1,420,951       1,157,524       22.8   %     2,965,542       2,353,687       26.0   %
  International   6,263,143       6,522,663       (4.0 ) %     13,273,362       13,576,164       (2.2 ) %
  Mainline    17,190,442       18,024,873       (4.6 ) %     36,240,194       37,020,292       (2.1 ) %
  Regional   2,422,513       2,350,197       3.1   %     5,053,720       4,782,491       5.7   %
  Total Available Seat Miles   19,612,955       20,375,070       (3.7 ) %     41,293,914       41,802,783       (1.2 ) %
                               
Load Factor (%)                              
  Domestic   81.2       81.3     (0.1 ) pts   80.7       81.8     (1.1 ) pts
    Atlantic   62.7       59.5     3.2   pts   68.3       66.8     1.5   pts
    Latin America   75.1       74.0     1.1   pts   77.4       76.8     0.6   pts
    Pacific   77.3       79.8     (2.5 ) pts   80.4       81.2     (0.8 ) pts
  International   72.0       70.5     1.5   pts   75.4       74.4     1.0   pts
  Mainline    77.8       77.4     0.4   pts   78.7       79.1     (0.4 ) pts
  Regional   73.4       73.4       -    pts   72.4       72.7     (0.3 ) pts
  Total Load Factor   77.3       77.0     0.3   pts   78.0       78.4     (0.4 ) pts
                                   
Enplanements                                  
  Mainline   10,167,980       10,582,081       (3.9 ) %     21,221,471       21,889,604       (3.1 ) %
  Regional   3,903,115       3,856,992       1.2   %     7,978,794       7,781,571       2.5   %
  Total Enplanements   14,071,095       14,439,073       (2.5 ) %     29,200,265       29,671,175       (1.6 ) %
                                   
System Cargo Ton Miles (000)   191,367       174,418       9.7   %     381,961       340,018       12.3   %
                   
Notes:       
1 ) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.  
2 ) Latin America numbers include the Caribbean.      
3 ) Regional includes wholly owned subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.  
       

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information
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