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Hawaiian Airlines Reports November 2016 Traffic Statistics and Updates Expected Fourth Quarter Metrics

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HONOLULU, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA), has announced its system-wide traffic statistics for the month of November and year to date.  It also updated its expectations for certain fourth quarter financial metrics.

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SYSTEM-WIDE OPERATIONS1


NOVEMBER

2016

2015

% CHANGE

PAX

869,970

845,276

2.9%

RPMS (000)

1,249,075

1,145,855

9.0%

ASMS (000)

1,455,392

1,414,898

2.9%

LF

85.8%

81.0%

4.8 pts.





YEAR-TO-DATE

2016

2015

% CHANGE

PAX

10,123,319

9,768,020

3.6%

RPMS (000)

14,155,896

13,218,458

7.1%

ASMS (000)

16,795,372

16,218,104

3.6%

LF

84.3%

81.5%

2.8 pts.


PAX

Passengers transported

RPM

Revenue Passenger Miles; one paying passenger transported one mile

ASM

Available Seat Miles; one seat transported one mile

LF

Load Factor; percentage of seating capacity filled


1 Includes the operations of contract carriers under capacity purchase agreements.

 

Fourth Quarter 2016 Outlook

The Company has revised its expectations for the quarter ending December 31, 2016 provided in its Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Release on October 18, 2016.

Specifically, the Company raised its expectation for revenue per ASM growth and increased its guidance range.

The Company also announced today that it will add three new aircraft as part of its long-term fleet strategy with the purchase of one A330-200 arriving in the fourth quarter of 2017 and has a letter of intent to lease two additional A321neos being delivered in early 2018.  The newly ordered planes will enable the Company to early retire its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft by the end of 2018.  This will result in a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $45 to $50 million to the Company's owned fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft, engines and related assets in the fourth quarter of 2016.  After taxes, the impairment charge on net income is expected to be $27 to $30 million.  The Company also expects to record a financial charge resulting from the early termination of a third-party maintenance contract for certain activities related to its Boeing 767 aircraft when an agreement is reached.

The table below summarizes the Company's expectations for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2016, expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Item


Original Guidance


Revised Guidance


GAAP Equivalent


Original Guidance


Revised Guidance

Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel and Impairment Charge (a)


Up 2.5% to up 5.5%


Up 2.5% to up 5.5%


Cost per ASM (a)


Up 2.8% to up 6.4%


Up 11.3% to up 16.0%

Operating Revenue Per ASM


Up 0.5% to up 3.5%


Up 3% to up 6%







ASMs


Up 3% to up 5%


Up 3% to up 5%







Gallons of jet fuel consumed


Up 4.5% to up 6.5%


Up 4.5% to up 6.5%







Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)(c)


$1.50 to $1.60


$1.45 to $1.55


Fuel cost per gallon (b)


$1.56 to $1.66


$1.49 to $1.59


(a)

See reconciliation of operating expenses to operating expenses excluding aircraft fuel and impairment charge.

(b)

Fuel estimates are based on the November 30, 2016 fuel forward curve.

(c)

See reconciliation of actual fuel costs to economic fuel costs.

 

The Company believes that providing Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel and Impairment Charge provides useful information about the underlying ongoing cost structure of the Company and is consistent with the metrics used by management to measure and monitor the Company's costs.  The Company believes that economic fuel expense is the best measure of the effect of fuel prices on the business as it most closely approximates the net cash outflow associated with the purchase of fuel for operations in a period and is consistent with how management manages the business and assesses operating performance. The Company defines economic fuel expense as raw fuel expense plus (gains)/losses realized through actual cash payments to/(receipts from) hedge counterparties for fuel hedge derivatives settled in the period inclusive of costs related to hedging premiums.

Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliations




Estimated three months ending December 31, 2016

GAAP operating expenses


$

533,220


-

$

565,674


  Less: aircraft fuel, including taxes and delivery


90,397


-

98,257


  Less: impairment charge


45,000


-

50,000


  Adjusted operating expenses - excluding aircraft fuel


$

397,823


-

$

417,417


Available Seat Miles


4,523,546


-

4,611,382







CASM - GAAP


11.78

¢

-

12.27

¢

  Less: aircraft fuel


1.99


-

2.12


  Less: impairment charge


1.00


-

1.10


CASM - excluding aircraft fuel and impairment charge


8.79

¢

-

9.05

¢





Estimated three months ending December 31, 2016



(in thousands, except per-gallon amounts)

Aircraft fuel expense, including taxes and delivery


$

90,397


-

$

98,257


Realized (gains)/losses on settlement of fuel derivative contracts


(2,500)


-

(2,500)


Economic fuel expense


$

87,897


-

$

95,757


Fuel gallons consumed


60,618


-

61,779


Economic fuel costs per gallon


$

1.45


-

$

1.55


 

Safe Harbor Statement

This investor update contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance including but not limited to statements regarding the Company's operating revenue per available seat mile, cost per available seat mile excluding fuel, gallons of jet fuel consumed and economic fuel cost per gallon, each for the quarter ending December 31, 2016, as well as planned changes in the Company's fleet and the amount of the related impairment charge, including on a tax affected basis.  These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment which may cause the Company's actual results for the quarter ending December 31, 2016 to be materially different from any expected results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied herein will not be realized.  Additional information on risk factors that could potentially affect the Company's operations and financial results may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and subsequent filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 12 years (2004-2015) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.

Now in its 87th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).

For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines' online newsroom.

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SOURCE Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

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