JetBlue Airways Reports October Traffic
NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012
NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:
JBLU) reported its preliminary traffic results for October 2012. Traffic in
October increased 1.0 percent from October 2011, as capacity remained
Load factor for October 2012 was 84.3 percent, an increase of 0.8 points from
October 2011. JetBlue's preliminary completion factor was 92.9 percent and its
on-time (1) performance was 74.1 percent.
As a result of Hurricane Sandy, JetBlue cancelled approximately 1,700 flights
over a five day period. "Despite the devastation caused by the storm, our
crewmembers rose to the challenge and came to the aid of one another and our
customers," said Dave Barger, JetBlue's President and Chief Executive
Officer. "I am grateful for the dedication of our crewmembers in getting our
airline back to normal operations and taking care of our customers."
Given JetBlue's significant presence in the Northeast, JetBlue estimates
Hurricane Sandy reduced October passenger revenue by approximately $20
million. JetBlue's preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile
(PRASM) for the month of October increased two percent year over year, which
includes a benefit of approximately two points due to Hurricane Sandy.
November passenger revenue is expected to be reduced by approximately $20 to
$25 million primarily due to slow demand recovery in the wake of the storm.
For the month of November, PRASM is expected to decrease between three and
four percent year over year.
JetBlue estimates Hurricane Sandy will reduce operating income in October and
November by approximately $25 to $30 million.
JETBLUE AIRWAYS TRAFFIC RESULTS
October 2012 October 2011 %
Revenue passenger miles 2,537,638 2,512,408 1.0%
Available seat miles (000) 3,009,516 3,010,427 -
Load factor 84.3% 83.5% 0.8 pts.
Revenue passengers 2,195,781 2,160,384 1.6%
Departures 19,955 19,761 1.0%
Average stage length 1,081 1,087 (0.6)%
Y-T-D 2012 Y-T-D 2011 %
Revenue passenger miles 28,017,167 25,460,615 10.0%
Available seat miles (000) 33,210,956 30,817,760 7.8%
Load factor 84.4% 82.6% 1.8 pts.
Revenue passengers 24,133,593 21,837,385 10.5%
Departures 219,493 201,198 9.1%
Average stage length 1,084 1,091 (0.6)%
(1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals to be
those domestic flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline ™ with other focus cities in Boston,
Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. Known for its
award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the
most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat
pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also
America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights,
with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by
service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise
for details. JetBlue serves 74 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to
launch service to Providence, Rhode Island later this November. JetBlue also
plans to launch service to Charleston, South Carolina and Albuquerque, New
Mexico in early 2013. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are
one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or
reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, or
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factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry;
volatility in financial and credit markets which could affect our ability to
obtain debt and/or lease financing or to raise funds through debt or equity
issuances; increases in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our
ability to implement our growth strategy, including the ability to operate
reliably the EMBRAER 190 aircraft and our new terminal at JFK; our significant
fixed obligations; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and
maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft
utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market and the effect
of increased congestion in this market; our reliance on automated systems and
technology; our being subject to potential unionization; our reliance on a
limited number of suppliers; changes in or additional government regulation;
changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; a
continuance of the economic recessionary conditions in the U.S. or a further
economic downturn leading to a continuing or accelerated decrease in demand
for domestic and business air travel; and external geopolitical events and
conditions. Further information concerning these and other factors is
contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings,
including but not limited to, the Company's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K
and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise
after the date of this release.
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