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American Airlines Group Reports Record June Traffic Results

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) today reported June and year-to-date 2017 traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were a record 21.0 billion, up 0.8 percent versus June 2016. Total capacity was 24.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 1.1 percent versus June 2016. Total passenger load factor was 84.7 percent, down 0.2 percentage points versus June 2016.

The company expects its second quarter 2017 total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) to be up approximately 5 percent to 6 percent year-over-year. This compares to prior guidance which had TRASM up 3.5 percent to 5.5 percent. The improvement in TRASM from prior guidance is driven primarily by higher passenger yields, with particular strength in the Domestic, Central/South American, and Caribbean regions. The company now expects its second quarter pre-tax margin excluding special items to be between 13 percent and 14 percent versus its previous guidance of 12 percent to 14 percent. For more financial forecasting detail, including the company’s anticipated second quarter net special items, please refer to the company’s investor relations update also filed today.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month ended June 30, 2017, and 2016, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

American Airlines Group Traffic Results
June Year to Date
2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic11,538,113 11,931,442 (3.3)% 62,309,527 63,808,020 (2.3)%
Atlantic3,320,261 3,002,389 10.6 % 13,348,643 12,680,011 5.3 %
Latin America2,587,598 2,551,480 1.4 % 15,082,274 15,475,711 (2.5)%
Pacific1,370,185 1,146,087 19.6 % 7,647,390 6,183,484 23.7 %
International7,278,044 6,699,956 8.6 % 36,078,307 34,339,206 5.1 %
Mainline 18,816,157 18,631,398 1.0 % 98,387,834 98,147,226 0.2 %
Regional2,222,659 2,239,031 (0.7)% 12,159,798 11,959,171 1.7 %
Total Revenue Passenger Miles21,038,816 20,870,429 0.8 % 110,547,632 110,106,397 0.4 %
Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic13,234,263 13,538,658 (2.2)% 73,896,622 75,243,939 (1.8)%
Atlantic3,954,656 3,826,986 3.3 % 17,342,037 17,570,159 (1.3)%
Latin America3,279,526 3,202,471 2.4 % 19,513,663 19,949,286 (2.2)%
Pacific1,586,678 1,297,784 22.3 % 9,331,048 7,470,835 24.9 %
International8,820,860 8,327,241 5.9 % 46,186,748 44,990,280 2.7 %
Mainline 22,055,123 21,865,899 0.9 % 120,083,370 120,234,219 (0.1)%
Regional2,796,179 2,725,404 2.6 % 16,000,343 15,580,768 2.7 %
Total Available Seat Miles24,851,302 24,591,303 1.1 % 136,083,713 135,814,987 0.2 %
Load Factor (%)
Domestic87.2 88.1 (0.9)pts84.3 84.8 (0.5)pts
Atlantic84.0 78.5 5.5 pts77.0 72.2 4.8 pts
Latin America78.9 79.7 (0.8)pts77.3 77.6 (0.3)pts
Pacific86.4 88.3 (1.9)pts82.0 82.8 (0.8)pts
International82.5 80.5 2.0 pts78.1 76.3 1.8 pts
Mainline 85.3 85.2 0.1 pts81.9 81.6 0.3 pts
Regional79.5 82.2 (2.7)pts76.0 76.8 (0.8)pts
Total Load Factor84.7 84.9 (0.2)pts81.2 81.1 0.1 pts
Enplanements
Mainline13,009,135 13,179,493 (1.3)% 71,521,920 72,245,935 (1.0)%
Regional4,847,141 4,937,272 (1.8)% 26,654,051 26,619,787 0.1 %
Total Enplanements17,856,276 18,116,765 (1.4)% 98,175,971 98,865,722 (0.7)%
System Cargo Ton Miles (000)235,923 202,682 16.4 % 1,320,541 1,152,962 14.5 %
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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Source:American Airlines Group, Inc.