Alaska Airlines expects its unit costs excluding fuel and special charges to drop 5% in the quarter ended March 31 to 8.1 cents, primarily owing to a shift in the timing of maintenance effects, it said in an SEC filing. It also expects to incur a pre-tax impairment charge of $130-$140 million related to plans to retire 15 owned MD-80s ahead of previous plans in favor of 737NGs (ATWOnline, March 14). Nonadjusted CASM is expected to rise 23% to 13.6 cents.
Subscribe to Access this Entire Article
"Other News - 04/06/2006" is part of ATW Plus, our online premium membership. Subscribing will provide you access to exclusive news, carefully researched airline financial, fleet and traffic data, plus the option to receive our popular, award-winning print magazine. To learn more, click here. If viewing via ATW Mobile, please login and click "Read web article" to view fully. Questions? ATWPlus@penton.com.