American Airlines Group Reports Record December Traffic Results

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  (NASDAQ:AAL) today reported December 2015 and full year traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were a record 18.3 billion, up 1.5 percent versus December 2014. Total capacity was 22.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), flat versus December 2014. Total passenger load factor was 81.6 percent, up 1.2 percentage points versus December 2014.

The Company continues to expect its fourth quarter 2015 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be down approximately 5 to 7 percent year-over-year. In addition, the Company continues to expect its fourth quarter pretax margin excluding special items to be between 12 and 14 percent. For more financial forecasting detail, please refer to the Company’s investor relations update also filed this morning on SEC Form 8-K.

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The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

American Airlines Group Traffic Results
December Year to Date
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 10,631,235 10,572,828 0.6 % 128,589,734 125,916,495 2.1 %
Atlantic 2,009,009 1,957,384 2.6 % 29,218,490 29,305,654 (0.3 ) %
Latin America 2,882,392 2,904,151 (0.7 ) % 31,201,417 32,093,575 (2.8 ) %
Pacific 890,024 757,740 17.5 % 10,457,303 8,335,040 25.5 %
International 5,781,425 5,619,275 2.9 % 70,877,210 69,734,269 1.6 %
Mainline 16,412,660 16,192,103 1.4 % 199,466,944 195,650,764 2.0 %
Regional 1,919,855 1,877,673 2.2 % 23,542,836 22,218,837 6.0 %
Total Revenue Passenger Miles 18,332,515 18,069,776 1.5 % 223,009,780 217,869,601 2.4 %
Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 12,551,297 12,814,619 (2.1 ) % 149,584,080 148,082,867 1.0 %
Atlantic 2,652,451 2,527,195 5.0 % 37,610,665 37,573,447 0.1 %
Latin America 3,703,756 3,760,136 (1.5 ) % 39,725,736 41,580,819 (4.5 ) %
Pacific 1,081,396 924,752 16.9 % 12,454,404 10,284,844 21.1 %
International 7,437,603 7,212,083 3.1 % 89,790,805 89,439,110 0.4 %
Mainline 19,988,900 20,026,702 (0.2 ) % 239,374,885 237,521,977 0.8 %
Regional 2,464,857 2,438,002 1.1 % 29,360,716 28,134,562 4.4 %
Total Available Seat Miles 22,453,757 22,464,704 % 268,735,601 265,656,539 1.2 %
Load Factor (%)
Domestic 84.7 82.5 2.2 pts 86.0 85.0 1.0 pts
Atlantic 75.7 77.5 (1.8 ) pts 77.7 78.0 (0.3 ) pts
Latin America 77.8 77.2 0.6 pts 78.5 77.2 1.3 pts
Pacific 82.3 81.9 0.4 pts 84.0 81.0 3.0 pts
International 77.7 77.9 (0.2 ) pts 78.9 78.0 0.9 pts
Mainline 82.1 80.9 1.2 pts 83.3 82.4 0.9 pts
Regional 77.9 77.0 0.9 pts 80.2 79.0 1.2 pts
Total Load Factor 81.6 80.4 1.2 pts 83.0 82.0 1.0 pts
Mainline 12,120,007 12,165,444 (0.4 ) % 146,814,345 145,574,439 0.9 %
Regional 4,346,396 4,320,480 0.6 % 54,434,782 51,766,362 5.2 %
Total Enplanements 16,466,403 16,485,924 (0.1 ) % 201,249,127 197,340,801 2.0 %
System Cargo Ton Miles (000) 194,453 197,388 (1.5 ) % 2,314,362 2,332,507 (0.8 ) %
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 and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

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These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions that adversely affect the Company’s business; the impact of continued periods of high volatility in fuel costs, increased fuel prices and significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the impact of low cost carriers, airline alliances and industry consolidation; the challenges and costs of integrating operations and realizing anticipated synergies and other benefits of the merger transaction with US Airways Group, Inc.; the Company’s substantial indebtedness and other obligations and the effect they could have on the Company’s business and liquidity; an inability to obtain sufficient financing or other capital to operate successfully and in accordance with the Company’s current business plan; increased costs of financing, a reduction in the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the effect the Company’s high level of fixed obligations may have on its ability to fund general corporate requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive developments and adverse economic and industry conditions; the Company’s significant pension and other post-employment benefit funding obligations; the impact of any failure to comply with the covenants contained in financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other commercial agreements that may materially reduce the Company’s liquidity; the impact of union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; any inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or more of the Company’s hub airports; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; any inability to obtain and maintain adequate facilities, infrastructure and slots to operate the Company’s flight schedule and expand or change its route network; the Company’s reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers that have the ability to affect the Company’s revenue and the public’s perception about its services; any inability to effectively manage the costs, rights and functionality of third-party distribution channels on which the Company relies; extensive government regulation, which may result in increases in the Company’s costs, disruptions to the Company’s operations, limits on the Company’s operating flexibility, reductions in the demand for air travel, and competitive disadvantages; the impact of the heavy taxation on the airline industry; changes to the Company’s business model that may not successfully increase revenues and may cause operational difficulties or decreased demand; the loss of key personnel or inability to attract and retain additional qualified personnel; the impact of conflicts overseas, terrorist attacks and ongoing security concerns; the global scope of the Company’s business and any associated economic and political instability or adverse effects of events, circumstances or government actions beyond its control, including the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and limitations on the repatriation of cash held in foreign countries; the impact of environmental regulation; the Company’s reliance on technology and automated systems and the impact of any failure of these technologies or systems; challenges in integrating the Company’s computer, communications and other technology systems; losses and adverse publicity stemming from any accident involving any of the Company’s aircraft or the aircraft of its regional or codeshare operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries, or other loss of anticipated fleet capacity, and failure of new aircraft to perform as expected; the Company’s dependence on a limited number of suppliers for aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the impact of changing economic and other conditions beyond the Company’s control, including global events that affect travel behavior such as an outbreak of a contagious disease, and volatility and fluctuations in the Company’s results of operations due to seasonality; the effect of a higher than normal number of pilot retirements and a potential shortage of pilots; the impact of possible future increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the effect of a lawsuit that was filed in connection with the merger transaction with US Airways Group, Inc. and remains pending; an inability to use net operating losses carried forward from prior taxable years (NOL Carryforwards); any impairment in the amount of goodwill the Company recorded as a result of the application of the acquisition method of accounting and an inability to realize the full value of the Company’s and American Airlines’ respective intangible or long-lived assets and any material impairment charges that would be recorded as a result; actions that the Company may take in connection with its integration with US Airways that may not be to its advantage on a stand-alone basis; price volatility of the Company’s common stock; the effects of the Company’s capital deployment program and the limitation, suspension or discontinuation of the Company’s share repurchase program or dividend payments thereunder; delay or prevention of stockholders’ ability to change the composition of the Company’s board of directors and the effect this may have on takeover attempts that some of the Company’s stockholders might consider beneficial; the effect of provisions of the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws that limit ownership and voting of its equity interests, including its common stock; the effect of limitations in the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation on acquisitions and dispositions of its common stock designed to protect its NOL Carryforwards and certain other tax attributes, which may limit the liquidity of its common stock; and other economic, business, competitive, and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company’s business, including those set forth in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2015 (especially in Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors and Part I, Item 2, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations) and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company’s other filings with the SEC. There may be other factors 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. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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