The FINANCIAL — American Airlines Group on March 9 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, according to American Airlines.
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.