Hawaiian Airlines carries record passenger load in 2012

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines reports it carried a record 9,484,204 passengers in 2012, 9.4 percent more than the year before.

Because longer flights bring in more revenue and are also more fuel-efficient, airlines measure performance not by passengers carried but by revenue passenger miles, and Hawaiian flew 12.2 million RPMs, up 20.4 percent, on 14.7 million available seat miles, up 22 percent.

In other words, capacity expansion outpaced traffic growth – causing systemwide load factor to fall from 83 percent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2012 – but for every 11 seat miles added, 10 flew occupied by paying passengers.

Hawaiian has been expanding rapidly for years, adding routes to four cities in Japan and two in Australia as well as new service to Korea and New York, in addition to its pre-existing route network to Manila, American Samoa and other Pacific destinations plus 10 cities in the West.

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