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Old 06-16-2005, 12:40 PM   #1  
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Default US Airways pilot newsletter

Update: Due to air traffic congestion, and lavatory servicing, delays are now in effect to maintain a consistent flow of information. This newsletter is now scheduled to depart at 4:15p.

Hello Everyone:

Well, if US Airways CEO Bruce Lakefield decides to throw a big picnic in his backyard this Summer, I've got a pretty good idea who the guest of honor might be. Guess who caved --- again? Well, at least he didn't fall for the entire deal so let's give him credit for that.
http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/050616/airli...ways.html?.v=3

MAY TRAFFIC REPORT:
LOAD FACTOR:
1- JetBlue Airways ... 86.6%
2- Northwest Airlines ... 83.6
3- United Airlines ... 81.8
4- America West Airlines ... 81.7
5- Continental Airlines ... 79.8
6- American Airlines ... 78.1
7- Alaska Airlines ... 76.8
8- Delta Air Lines ... 76.3
9- US Airways ... 75.9
10- AirTran Airways ... 74.6
11- Southwest Airlines ... 72.4
12- ATA ... 65.8

The following categories, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and Passengers Carried compare same month, year over year.

TRAFFIC -- Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs)
1- AirTran ... 38.8% increase
2- JetBlue ... 32.9% increase
3- America West ... 12.8% increase
4- Southwest ... 12.0% increase
5- American ... 10.0% increase
6- Continental ... 9.8% increase
7- Delta ... 9.4% increase
8- Northwest ... 6.3% increase
9- Alaska ... 6.0% increase
10- US Airways ... 2.0% increase
11- United ... 0.9% increase

12- ATA ... -49.8% decrease

CAPACITY -- Available Seat Miles (ASMs)
1- AirTran ... 34.4% increase
2- JetBlue ... 25.6% increase
3- Southwest ... 14.3% increase
4- Delta ... 5.7% increase
5- America West ... 5.1% increase
6- American ... 3.0% increase
7- Continental ... 2.8% increase
8- Northwest ... 2.5% increase
9- US Airways ... 1.4% increase

10- United ... -1.2% decrease
11- Alaska ... -3.3% decrease
12- ATA ... -46.5% decrease

PASSENGERS CARRIED IN MAY 2005:
(number of passengers carried in parenthesis)
1- AirTran ... 30.3% increase (1,445,653)
2- JetBlue ... 27.7% increase (1,207,057)
3- America West ... 11.3% increase (1,945,681)
4- American ... 10.9% increase (8,394,153)
5- Southwest ... 10.0% increase (6,892,657)
6- Northwest ... 7.8% increase (4,964,557)
7- Continental ... 7.3% increase (3,766,448)
8- Delta ... 4.1% increase (10,527,172)
9- Alaska ... 3.8% increase (1,361,100)
10- US Airways ... 2.7% increase (3,663,233)

11- United ... -4.4% decrease (5,731,000)
12- ATA ... -50.6% decrease (414,175)

As I've mentioned from time to time, Delta Air Lines, for whatever reason, combines their monthly traffic report to include: Delta mainline, ASA, Comair and their 'contract' carriers, which are Skywest and Chautauqua. Mesa will become a Delta contract carrier beginning this October. So, when you see that figure of over 10.5 million passengers carried in May, it is the total number of customers for all the mainline, express and contract carrier operations and not just Delta mainline.

LINKS YOU CAN USE:
Alaska Airlines will actually reduce their schedule to improve their on-time performance.
See: http://www.alaskasworld.com/newsroom...610_124525.asp

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF US .....
... AND YOUR CODE SHARE PARTNER:
Check this out: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlot...s/11875524.htm

DEPOSIT SLIP:
Unlike some airlines we know, Continental Airlines announced this week that it has contributed $50 million to its defined benefit pension plan from proceeds received in the second closing under a secured term loan facility. Continental CEO Larry Kellner said, "Our employee pension plan continues to be a high priority. We are working hard to fulfill our pension obligations and keep our promises to our employees."

Wow! And just think, three weeks ago, Continental Airlines won three major awards, including "Airline of the Year," in the 2005 OAG Airline of the Year Awards. Continental was named "Airline of the Year," "Best Airline Based in North America," and, for the third year in a row, "Best Executive/Business Class."

How about that? It looks like if you take care of your customers and your employees, the rest sort of falls into place, doesn't it? Congratulations to Continental.

Remember folks, if you forward my newsletters to friends, make sure you remove the 'unsubscribe' or 'leave' link from the bottom before passing it along. Better yet, just have your friends send a blank email to:

[email protected]

Regards,

John McCorkle
Wilmington, NC
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