Tops All Carriers for Year-to-Date Load Factor Through 11 Months and Still Improving
HONOLULU -- Hawaiian Airlines again showed that no other carrier does a better job at putting passengers in seats by recording the nation's best marks in load factor for both November and through the first 11 months of 2004.
Hawaiian today released its traffic statistics showing it had an 87.4 percent load factor for systemwide service in November. Filling out the top five were JetBlue, 83.8 percent; Spirit, 78.3 percent; Northwest, 77.7 percent; and Continental, 77.6 percent, according to statistics published by Aviation Daily. The industry average for all reporting airlines was 73.9 percent, which is 13.5 percentage points behind Hawaiian.
Hawaiian improved its load factor, revenue passenger miles (RPMs), and available seat miles (ASMs) compared to November 2003, although its passenger count declined by 6.3 percent.
Year-to-date, Hawaiian continues to lead all carriers in load factor with 85.9 percent, its highest mark for the year and an increase of 6.0 percentage points over 2003. Notably, Hawaiian has held the top spot for every month of 2004 and, even more impressively, increased its overall load factor with each succeeding month. The rest of the top five were JetBlue, 83.3 percent; Northwest, 80.4 percent; United, 79.4 percent; and Spirit, 79.1 percent.
Through November, Hawaiian continued to maintain its year-to-date improvement in all traffic categories compared to 2003, highlighted by an 11.5 percent increase in RPMs.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Readers of two prominent national travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, have both rated Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii in their most recent rankings, and the fifth best domestic airline overall.
Celebrating its 75th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Since the appointment of a bankruptcy trustee in May 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no responsibility for the management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to information concerning the airline. Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAir.com.