Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. Releases September Performance Data

SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

MEMPHIS, TN–(Marketwire – October 8, 2010) –  Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL) today released capacity and operational results for its Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. subsidiary for September 2010.

Pinnacle reports its total Passengers, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), and Load Factor each month, even though fluctuations do not affect revenues received under capacity purchase agreements with Delta Air Lines, its mainline partner.

September Performance
 
 2010 2009 Change
Passengers813,863 893,648 (8.9)%
Available Seat Miles (000)480,701 464,563 3.5 %
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)339,042 358,292 (5.4)%
Load Factor70.5% 77.1% (6.6) pts.
Block Hours33,752 33,045 2.1 %
Departures21,981 22,038 (0.3)%
Fleet     
 CRJ-200126 126 0.0 %
 CRJ-90016 16 0.0 %
      
      
Year-To-Date Performance
 
 2010 2009 Change
Passengers7,931,147 8,116,168 (2.3)%
Available Seat Miles (000)4,598,110 4,638,257 (0.9)%
Revenue Passenger Miles (000)3,420,138 3,504,903 (2.4)%
Load Factor74.4% 75.6% (1.2) pts.
Block Hours323,519 322,517 0.3 %
Departures208,876 206,458 1.2 %

The average length of a Pinnacle flight was 418 statute miles compared to 401 statute miles in September 2009.

About Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL), an airline holding company, is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc.; Colgan Air, Inc.; and Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates a fleet of 142 regional jets as Delta Connection in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Colgan Air, Inc. operates a fleet of 48 regional turboprops as Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express in the eastern United States and Canada, Texas and Louisiana. Mesaba Aviation, Inc. operates a fleet of 60 regional jets and 32 jet-prop aircraft as Delta Connection in the United States and Canada. Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating subsidiaries fly 282 aircraft on more than 1,650 daily flights to 182 cities and towns in North America. The corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tenn. Airport hub operations are located in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. Visit www.pncl.com for more information.

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