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U.S. nationals. (air line statistics) (23rd Annual Market Development Report)

U.S. nationals

AirCal: Although AirCal had its first quarterly loss in more than two years in the 1985 fourth quarter, it still ended the year with operating and net profits as both traffic and revenues showed healthy increases.

The carrier attributed the fourth-quarter loss to extensive fare discounting precipitated by the September entry of Continental West into California markets. Earlier in the year, AirCal's results were impacted favorably by the 29-day United Airlines strike.

Revenues rose 13% in 1985 to $344.5 million, but a 19% jump to $332 million in operating expense halved the year's operating profit to $12.8 million from $24.5 million in 1984. Net income, however, increased to $9.3 million from $8.5 million, largely because of a substantial reduction in charges for a payback of wage and salary cuts taken by the work force in 1983.

Traffic showed good growth last year, with passenger boardings climbing 11.6% to 4.45 million and RPKs jumping 18.8% to 2.96 billion. Load factor improved to 56.6% from 55.1% in 1984, but yield dipped to 16.7^ from 17.7^.

AirCal extended its route system to Anchorage in March 1986. It also began taking delivery of six BAe 146s that it has ordered to serve Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

Air Wisconsin: The Appleton, Wis.-based carrier grew into the national ranks in 1985 after its merger with Mississippi Valley Airlines, posting conbined revenues of $120.2 million, up 2.2% over the 1984 total. Operating expense, however, was up 11.5%, due in large part to writeoffs associated with a decision to discontinue BAC-111 operations by this month. As a consequence, operating income fell to $4.66 million from $14 million in 1984, and net was down to $1.34 million from $5.04 million.

RPKs in 1985 climbed 11.1% to 482.5 million, but passenger boardings were down 6% to 1.7 million. Yield fell to 38.5^ from 42.1^ in 1984.

On June 1, Air Wisconsin will become a feeder to United Airlines' new Dulles Airport hub and will transfer three Shorts 360s to a new base in Richmond, Va., to service the hub. It already feeds United's Chicago-O'Hare hub under a code-sharing agreement. The carrier also will serve Dulles with BAe 146s. It recently ordered its ninth 146.

Winner of operating slots at Washington National and LaGuardia airports during the recent slot lottery, Air Wisconsin plans to begin service there around Aug. 1.

Alaska Airlines: Despite increased competition and a mechanics' strike, the Alaskan national posted impressive gains in traffic and revenues in 1985 as it added Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson and Pasco to its route system and six new McDonnell Douglas MD-83s and six used Boeing 727-200s to its fleet. The year also saw completion of a new maintenance hangar in Seattle.

Passenger boardings soared 22.8% last year to 3.1 million and RPKs skyrocketed 25.2% to 3.7 billion. FTKs, however, were off 3.9% to 37 million.

Revenues rose 19. …

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