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American Airlines Group reports record traffic, capacity and load factor

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FORT WORTH, TX – American Airlines Group today reported September 2015 and year-to-date traffic results.

FORT WORTH, TX – American Airlines Group today reported September 2015 and year-to-date traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 18.1 billion, up 7.2 percent versus September 2014. Total capacity was 21.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 3.7 percent versus September 2014. Total passenger load factor was 82.7 percent, up 2.7 percentage points versus September 2014. The Company’s traffic, capacity and load factor were all records for the month of September.
The Company continues to expect its third quarter 2015 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be down approximately six to eight percent year-over-year. In addition, the Company expects its third quarter pretax margin excluding special items to be between 17 and 18 percent. For more financial forecasting detail, please refer to the Company’s investor relations update also filed this morning on SEC Form 8-K.

The following summarizes American Airlines Group traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, consisting of mainline-operated flights, wholly owned regional subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase agreements.

American Airlines Group Traffic Results
September Year to Date
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
Domestic 10,131,657 9,528,903 6.3 % 97,013,596 95,325,506 1.8 %
Atlantic 3,021,459 2,813,218 7.4 % 22,654,133 23,060,446 (1.8) %
Latin America 2,136,065 2,029,309 5.3 % 23,672,719 24,616,594 (3.8) %
Pacific 879,836 706,069 24.6 % 7,807,332 6,126,608 27.4 %
International 6,037,360 5,548,596 8.8 % 54,134,184 53,803,648 0.6 %
Mainline 16,169,017 15,077,499 7.2 % 151,147,780 149,129,154 1.4 %
Regional 1,897,245 1,781,285 6.5 % 17,729,206 16,600,762 6.8 %
Total Revenue Passenger Miles 18,066,262 16,858,784 7.2 % 168,876,986 165,729,916 1.9 %

Available Seat Miles (000)
Domestic 11,846,285 11,616,696 2.0 % 112,875,313 111,075,237 1.6 %
Atlantic 3,829,465 3,533,982 8.4 % 29,074,734 29,340,234 (0.9) %
Latin America 2,695,645 2,630,814 2.5 % 30,030,361 31,839,465 (5.7) %
Pacific 1,088,607 965,933 12.7 % 9,251,344 7,426,696 24.6 %
International 7,613,717 7,130,729 6.8 % 68,356,439 68,606,395 (0.4) %
Mainline 19,460,002 18,747,425 3.8 % 181,231,752 179,681,632 0.9 %
Regional 2,395,706 2,319,530 3.3 % 22,050,471 20,921,699 5.4 %
Total Available Seat Miles 21,855,708 21,066,955 3.7 % 203,282,223 200,603,331 1.3 %

Load Factor (%)
Domestic 85.5 82.0 3.5 pts 85.9 85.8 0.1 pts
Atlantic 78.9 79.6 (0.7) pts 77.9 78.6 (0.7) pts
Latin America 79.2 77.1 2.1 pts 78.8 77.3 1.5 pts
Pacific 80.8 73.1 7.7 pts 84.4 82.5 1.9 pts
International 79.3 77.8 1.5 pts 79.2 78.4 0.8 pts
Mainline 83.1 80.4 2.7 pts 83.4 83.0 0.4 pts
Regional 79.2 76.8 2.4 pts 80.4 79.3 1.1 pts
Total Load Factor 82.7 80.0 2.7 pts 83.1 82.6 0.5 pts

Enplanements
Mainline 11,576,281 11,047,889 4.8 % 110,682,930 110,269,676 0.4 %
Regional 4,446,505 4,192,973 6.0 % 41,032,372 38,744,884 5.9 %
Total Enplanements 16,022,786 15,240,862 5.1 % 151,715,302 149,014,560 1.8 %

System Cargo Ton Miles (000) 188,182 182,593 3.1 % 1,716,255 1,721,283 (0.3) %

Notes:
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.