Increased demand pushes JetBlue Q2 net income to USD211 million

William Cade

JetBlue Corporation said its net income for the second quarter jumped more than forecast on increased demand across its key routes.

JetBlue reported second quarter operating revenues of $1.8 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the second quarter increased 5.0% to 12.1 billion on a capacity increase of 4.8%, resulting in a second quarter load factor of 85.2%, a 0.2 point increase year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the second quarter was 13.60 cents, up 5.7% compared to the second quarter of 2016. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the second quarter of 2017 increased 5.9% year over year to 11.59 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 7.0% year over year to 12.93 cents.

Compared with last year, operating expenses for the quarter increased 11.9%, or $158 million. Interest expense for the quarter declined 15.3%, or $4 million, as JetBlue continued to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the second quarter increased 6.8% year over year to 10.45 cents. Excluding fuel, second quarter CASM1 increased 5.1% to 8.16 cents.

“Our second quarter unit revenue exceeded our initial guidance as a result of our targeted revenue initiatives and a solid demand environment. We continue to execute on the commercial and cost initiatives we have underway to deliver above industry average margins and drive shareholder value. I’d like to thank our 21,000 Crewmembers for their hard work in the peak travel season and dedication to delivering a great product and service to our Customers that will translate into greater value for our shareholders,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO.

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