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American Airlines Group Reports Record May Traffic Results

/EIN News/ -- FORT WORTH, Texas, June 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) today reported May and year-to-date 2017 traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were a record 19.9 billion, up 2.6 percent versus May 2016. Total capacity was 24.3 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.3 percent versus May 2016. Total passenger load factor was 82.1 percent, up 0.2 percentage points versus May 2016.

The Company continues to expect its second quarter 2017 total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) to be up approximately 3.5 percent to 5.5 percent year-over-year. In addition, the Company continues to expect its second quarter pre-tax margin excluding special items1 to be between 12 percent and 14 percent.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month ended May 31, 2017, and 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                          
    May
  Year to Date
    2017   2016   Change   2017   2016   Change
                             
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                          
  Domestic 10,927,953   11,090,514   (1.5 ) %   50,771,414   51,876,578   (2.1 ) %
  Atlantic 3,078,695   2,711,012   13.6   %   10,028,382   9,677,622   3.6   %
  Latin America 2,454,784   2,415,155   1.6   %   12,494,676   12,924,231   (3.3 ) %
  Pacific 1,336,841   1,084,526   23.3   %   6,277,205   5,037,397   24.6   %
  International 6,870,320   6,210,693   10.6   %   28,800,263   27,639,250   4.2   %
  Mainline  17,798,273   17,301,207   2.9   %   79,571,677   79,515,828   0.1   %
  Regional 2,137,770   2,135,092   0.1   %   9,937,139   9,720,140   2.2   %
  Total Revenue Passenger Miles 19,936,043   19,436,299   2.6   %   89,508,816   89,235,968   0.3   %
                             
Available Seat Miles (000)                          
  Domestic 12,781,738   12,886,209   (0.8 ) %   60,662,359   61,705,281   (1.7 ) %
  Atlantic 3,939,159   3,785,471   4.1   %   13,387,381   13,743,173   (2.6 ) %
  Latin America 3,180,658   3,036,614   4.7   %   16,234,136   16,746,815   (3.1 ) %
  Pacific 1,609,467   1,316,055   22.3   %   7,744,371   6,173,051   25.5   %
  International 8,729,284   8,138,140   7.3   %   37,365,888   36,663,039   1.9   %
  Mainline  21,511,022   21,024,349   2.3   %   98,028,247   98,368,320   (0.3 ) %
  Regional 2,776,724   2,710,834   2.4   %   13,204,164   12,855,364   2.7   %
  Total Available Seat Miles 24,287,746   23,735,183   2.3   %   111,232,411   111,223,684   -   %
                             
Load Factor (%)                          
  Domestic 85.5   86.1   (0.6 ) pts 83.7   84.1   (0.4 ) pts
  Atlantic 78.2   71.6   6.6   pts 74.9   70.4   4.5   pts
  Latin America 77.2   79.5   (2.3 ) pts 77.0   77.2   (0.2 ) pts
  Pacific 83.1   82.4   0.7   pts 81.1   81.6   (0.5 ) pts
  International 78.7   76.3   2.4   pts 77.1   75.4   1.7   pts
  Mainline  82.7   82.3   0.4   pts 81.2   80.8   0.4   pts
  Regional 77.0   78.8   (1.8 ) pts 75.3   75.6   (0.3 ) pts
  Total Load Factor 82.1   81.9   0.2   pts 80.5   80.2   0.3   pts
                             
Enplanements                          
  Mainline 12,690,517   12,648,957   0.3   %   58,512,785   59,066,442   (0.9 ) %
  Regional 4,735,411   4,782,978   (1.0 ) %   21,806,910   21,682,515   0.6   %
  Total Enplanements 17,425,928   17,431,935   -   %   80,319,695   80,748,957   (0.5 ) %
                             
System Cargo Ton Miles (000) 238,792   204,390   16.8   %   1,084,618   950,280   14.1   %
                             
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.

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