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December and full-year 2009 traffic announced for American Eagle and Executive Airlines

American Eagle Airlines has reported December 2009 and full calendar year traffic figures for itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Executive Airlines.

In December, American Eagle itself generated 581,732,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a 7.2% increase on December 2008’s 542,624,000. Available seat miles recorded went up by 6.2% to 802,558,000 from 755,989,000 for the respective periods.

This resulted in a slight rise of 0.7 percentage points (pp) in Eagle’s load factor, up to 72.5% from 71.8%. The number of passengers boarded in December was 1,296,631, a 7.8% increase on the 1,203,115 carried in 2008.

Executive Airlines recorded 45,300,000 RPMs in December compared with 45,587,000 in December 2008, a 0.6% decrease. ASMs dropped by 1.0% to 80,529,000 from 81,320,000.

The load factor rose by 0.2 pp to 56.3% from 56.1% in December 2008, while passengers boarded numbered 230,713, up 5.7% from 218,211.

For the whole of 2009, American Eagle generated 7,145,639,000 RPMs, 3.2% down on 2008’s 7,382,935,000, while ASMs fell 5.4% to 9,809,580,000 from 10,369,728,000.

The full year load factor for Eagle was 72.8%, up 1.6 pp from 2008’s figure of 71.2%, with the airline carrying 16,012,967 passengers compared with 16,558,248 in 2008, a 3.3% decrease.

In 2009, Executive Airlines recorded 544,747,000 RPMs, slightly down – by 0.4% – from 2008’s 542,444,000. ASMs were up by 2.8% at 947,616,000 from 922,117,000.

These figures resulted in an annual load factor of 57.5%, down 1.3 pp from the 58.8% recorded for 2008. Passengers carried in 2009 totalled 2,735,866, an increase of 7.5% year-on-year over 2008’s figure of 2,544,835.

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