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American Airlines Group Reports January Traffic


FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported January 2017 traffic results.

American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 17.0 billion, down 0.3 percent versus January 2016. Total capacity was 21.7 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 1.2 percent versus January 2016. Total passenger load factor was 78.6 percent, down 1.1 percentage points versus January 2016.

The Company continues to expect its first quarter 2017 total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) to be up 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent year-over-year. In addition, 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 January 31, 2017, and 2016, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

1American is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP as the nature or amount of special items cannot be determined at this time


  American Airlines Group Traffic Results      
    2017   2016   Change
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)                  
  Domestic 9,660,648   9,825,283   (1.7 ) %    
  Atlantic 1,550,688   1,624,489   (4.5 ) %    
  Latin America 2,661,510   2,895,678   (8.1 ) %    
  Pacific 1,284,415   986,741   30.2   %    
  International 5,496,613   5,506,908   (0.2 ) %    
  Mainline  15,157,261   15,332,191   (1.1 ) %    
  Regional 1,879,137   1,749,858   7.4   %    
  Total Revenue Passenger Miles 17,036,398   17,082,049   (0.3 ) %    
Available Seat Miles (000)              
  Domestic 12,039,533   11,941,917   0.8   %    
  Atlantic 2,120,268   2,206,680   (3.9 ) %    
  Latin America 3,345,362   3,650,658   (8.4 ) %    
  Pacific 1,544,590   1,196,163   29.1   %    
  International 7,010,220   7,053,501   (0.6 ) %    
  Mainline  19,049,753   18,995,418   0.3   %    
  Regional 2,631,207   2,432,292   8.2   %    
  Total Available Seat Miles 21,680,960   21,427,710   1.2   %    
Load Factor (%)              
  Domestic 80.2   82.3   (2.1 ) pts  
  Atlantic 73.1   73.6   (0.5 ) pts  
  Latin America 79.6   79.3   0.3   pts  
  Pacific 83.2   82.5   0.7   pts  
  International 78.4   78.1   0.3   pts  
  Mainline  79.6   80.7   (1.1 ) pts  
  Regional 71.4   71.9   (0.5 ) pts  
  Total Load Factor 78.6   79.7   (1.1 ) pts  
  Mainline 11,053,491   11,307,524   (2.2 ) %    
  Regional 4,075,680   3,924,580   3.9   %    
  Total Enplanements 15,129,171   15,232,104   (0.7 ) %    
System Cargo Ton Miles (000) 190,594   165,599   15.1   %    
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

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