USAir Expects Slight Profit for First Quarter

US Airways Group said on Sunday it expects to post a "slight profit" for the first quarter even as revenue was hurt and costs were increased due to weather and reservation systems problems during the period.

The company said first-quarter problems included a difficult reservation system change in early March and significant ice storms around Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's day that led to major disruptions in its Philadelphia hub.

"As a result, for the second straight month we experienced a negative impact on revenue, passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) and cost per available seat mile (CASM)," US Airways said in a statement issued late on Friday.

"Despite the disruption we still project a slight profit (excluding special items) for the first quarter," it said.

It said revenue passenger miles for March were up 0.2% to 5.6 billion compares with March 2006.

The airline said its passenger load factor for March was 82%, up from 81% a year ago while its capacity was down 0.9% from March 2006.