US Airways Reports First Quarter Loss

US Airways Group, Inc. reported a first quarter 2012 net loss of $22 million,  compared to a first quarter 2011 net loss of $110 million. On a GAAP basis, the company reported a net profit for the first quarter 2012 of $48 million. This compares to the first quarter 2011 net loss of $114 million.

A 13.2 percent increase in consolidated fuel price significantly impacted the quarter, US Airways said. Had average fuel prices remained at first quarter 2011 levels, the company's fuel expense would have been approximately $133 million lower.  Record first quarter revenues and cost discipline allowed the company to offset the increase in fuel costs.

Total passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 8.2 percent year-over-year.

US Airways Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Doug Parker stated, "We are pleased to report significantly improved first quarter financial results in spite of record high fuel prices. Consumer demand for our product remains very high, resulting in record high first quarter revenue, load factor, yield and PRASM."

"Looking forward, as we prepare for the busy summer travel period, we continue to be encouraged with the overall strength in passenger demand. That strength, combined with our commitment to industry-leading operating reliability, cost containment and capacity discipline has US Airways strongly positioned for 2012 and beyond," concluded Parker.

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