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American Eagle reports March and 1Q10 traffic

American Eagle Airlines has reported traffic figures for March and the first quarter of 2010 for itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Executive Airlines.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for Eagle in March totalled 620,937,000, up 3.7% on March 2009’s 598,919,000. Available seat miles (ASMs) also grew by 3.7%, this time to 844,722,000 from 814,271,000, leaving the load factor constant when comparing the respective periods. Eagle carried 1,381,741 passengers during March, compared with 1,320,291 in March 2009, a rise of 4.7%.

In the first quarter of the year, Eagle generated 1,639,789,000 RPMs, compared with 1,564,929,000 in 1Q09, an increase of 4.8%. ASMs were up 2.7% at 2,378,353,000 from 1Q09’s figure of 2,314,713,000. The load factor was therefore up by 1.3 percentage points to 68.9% from 67.6%. Passengers carried numbered 3,657,237, a 5.4% rise compared with the 3,469,842 carried in the same period last year.

At Executive Airlines, March RPMs dropped by 1.7% to 43,479,000 compared with March 2009’s 44,248,000. ASMs were cut slightly (by 0.4%) to 79,632,000 from 79,916,000. Consequently the load factor also decreased, by 0.8 pp to 54.6% from 55.4% last March. Executive carried 230,400 passengers in March, a 3.9% increase on the 221,653 carried in the same month last year.

Executive’s RPMs for 1Q10 totalled 121,683,000, a slight drop of 0.5% compared with the 1Q09 figure of 122,294,000. ASMs were also stable with just a 0.1% drop at 232,260,000 from 232,583,000 in 1Q09. As such, the quarterly load factor had a 0.2 pp drop to 52.4% from 52.6%. Passengers carried in 1Q10 by Executive Airlines, however, rose by 5.8% to 644,522 from 609,467.

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