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Impressive PRASM performance for United, Continental, Southwest, JetBlue and US Airways


Southwest Airlines, the star performer in improving its unit revenues in recent months, continued to report double-digit yield growth in May-2010, but was trumped by United Airlines and Continental Airlines, both of which reported 20%+ growth in the month. JetBlue Airways and US Airways also reported double-digit growth in the month. [2098 words]

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  • Ninth consecutive month of PRASM growth for Southwest
  • Double-digit PRASM increase for JetBlue 
  • AirTran seeing “significant” yield trends; cost advantage also exists
  • Improving yields part of the Allegiant story
  • United Airlines reports largest PRASM improvement in over two years; PRASM up compared to May-2008 levels
  • Continental Airlines’ yields improve - best PRASM performance since Dec-2008
  • US Airways remains “optimistic” about the “robust” revenue environment
  • Delta sees unit revenue momentum in 1Q2010
  • American Airlines reports single-digit unit revenue growth in 1Q2010
  • ATA reports double digit passenger revenue improvements in Apr-2010; industry recovery “gradually” 
  • US network carriers’ occupancy levels higher than their LCC counterparts 
  • IATA makes major reversal in 2010 financial forecasts; now expects USD1.9 billion profit for US carriers
  • Improved outlook for 2010 after a devastating 2009

Graphs and data:

  • US airline unit revenue highlights: May-2010
  • US airline unit revenue highlights: 1Q2010 
  • Southwest PRASM year-on-year increase: Jan-2009 to May-2010
  • JetBlue PRASM year-on-year increase: May-2007 to May-2010
  • JetBlue PRASM growth 12 month moving average: Apr-2008 to May-2010
  • United Airlines PRASM growth (%): Jan-2008 to May-2010
  • United Airlines consolidated PRASM developments: 1Q2008 to 4Q2009
  • Continental Airlines consolidated PRASM (US cents per ASM): Feb-2008 to May-2010
  • US Airways’ RASM and PRASM growth (%): Jan-2009 to May-2010
  • ATA yield growth: Feb-2008 to Apr-2010
  • ATA yield: 12 months moving average
  • US airlines domestic traffic highlights: May-2010
  • Select US airline load factor (%) and load factor growth (ppts): May-2010
  • North American carriers’ domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): May-2010
  • IATA global and North American outlook for 2009 and 2010: Previous forecasts (Dec-2009 and Mar-2010) and current forecast (Jun-2010) 
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