On August 1st Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) reported a July consolidated (mainline plus regional) load factor of 84.2 percent, 2.2 points below the July 2007 consolidated load factor, and a mainline load factor of 85.3 percent, 1.7 points below the July 2007 mainline load factor. In addition, the carrier reported a domestic mainline July load factor of 85.5 percent, 2.5 points below the July 2007 domestic mainline load factor, and an international mainline load factor of 85.0 percent, 1.0 point below July 2007.
During the month, Continental recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation on- time arrival rate of 76.1 percent and a mainline segment completion factor of 99.1 percent.
In July 2008, Continental flew 9.2 billion consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 10.9 billion consolidated available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a consolidated traffic increase of 1.6 percent and a capacity increase of 4.3 percent as compared to July 2007. In July 2008, Continental flew 8.3 billion mainline RPMs and 9.7 billion mainline ASMs, resulting in a mainline traffic increase of 1.1 percent and a mainline capacity increase of 3.2 percent as compared to July 2007. Domestic mainline traffic was 4.2 billion RPMs in July 2008, down 1.7 percent from July 2007, and domestic mainline capacity was 4.9 billion ASMs, up 1.2 percent from July 2007.
For July 2008 both consolidated and mainline passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) are estimated to have increased between 4.5 and 5.5 percent compared to July 2007. For June 2008, consolidated passenger RASM increased 4.1 percent compared to June 2007, while mainline passenger RASM increased 3.5 percent compared to June 2007.
Continental’s regional operations had a July load factor of 76.0 percent, 5.5 points below the July 2007 regional load factor. Regional RPMs were 935.8 million and regional ASMs were 1,231.6 million in July 2008, resulting in a traffic increase of 6.0 percent and a capacity increase of 13.7 percent versus July 2007.
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 140 domestic and 139 international destinations. More than 550 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 46,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 69 million passengers per year.
Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. For the fifth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 World’s Most Admired Airline on its 2008 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. For more company information, visit continental.com.