Continental reports record load factors

Continental reports record load factors

Continental Airlines has reported an August 2010 consolidated (mainline plus regional) load factor of 86.5%, 0.7 points above the August 2009 consolidated load factor, and a mainline load factor of 87.2%, 0.6 points above the August 2009 mainline load factor. Both load factors are records for the month.

The carrier also reported an August domestic mainline load factor of 88.4%, 0.4 points below the August 2009 domestic mainline load factor, and a record international mainline load factor of 86.1%, 1.5 points above August 2009.

During August 2010, Continental recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation on-time arrival rate of 87.1% and a mainline segment completion factor of 99.9%.

Continental flew 8.7 billion consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 10.1 billion consolidated available seat miles (ASMs) in August, resulting in a consolidated traffic decrease of 0.4% and a capacity decrease of 1.1% as compared to August 2009.

In August 2010, Continental flew 7.9 billion mainline RPMs and 9 billion mainline ASMs, resulting in a mainline traffic decrease of 0.7% and a mainline capacity decrease of 1.3% compared to the same period last year.

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Domestic mainline traffic was 3.8 billion RPMs in August 2010, down 2.6% from August 2009, and domestic mainline capacity was 4.3 billion ASMs, down 2.1% from August 2009.

For August 2010, both consolidated and mainline passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) are estimated to have increased between 18 and 19% compared to August 2009.

For July 2010, consolidated passenger RASM increased 21.2% compared to July 2009, while mainline passenger RASM increased 21.9% compared to the same period last year.

Continental’s regional operations had a record August load factor of 80.5%, 1.3 points above the August 2009 regional load factor.

Regional RPMs were 877.7 million and regional ASMs were 1,089.9 million in August 2010, resulting in a traffic increase of 2% and a capacity increase of 0.3% versus August 2009.