Alaska Air Group delivers record-breaking second quarter 2022 results

Generated record quarterly revenues of $2.7 billion on improved operational performance; flew record load factor of 88% reflecting strong demand

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) today announced another quarter of improvement in its financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2022, and provided outlook for the third quarter ending September 30, 2022.

It’s clear that travel is one of the things people have missed the most these past two years. They are excited to fly again and our team is delivering on the safe, reliable and caring experience they expect from us,” said CEO Ben Minicucci. “Revenue in June topped $1 billion, the highest single month in our history. Our 14% adjusted pretax margin in Q2 is near the top of the industry, and our operation is on track in June with the #1 on-time performance and a schedule completion rate over 99%. I’m feeling so much gratitude for the people of Alaska, Horizon and McGee for pulling together. We have a strong platform for growth in 2023 and a lot to be optimistic about.”

Financial Results for the Second Quarter:

  • Reported net income for the second quarter of 2022 under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $139 million, or $1.09 per share, compared to a net income of $397 million, or $3.13 per share, in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Reported net income for the second quarter of 2022, excluding special items and mark-to-market fuel hedge accounting adjustments, of $280 million, or $2.19 per share, compared to a net loss, excluding special items and mark-to-market fuel hedge accounting adjustments, of $38 million, or $0.30 per share, in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Reported adjusted pretax margin for the second quarter of 14%.
  • Recorded $2.7 billion in operating revenues for the second quarter, the highest revenue-generating quarter in company history.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity:

  • Generated $948 million in operating cash flow for the second quarter, inclusive of $231 million in net federal income tax refunds.
  • Held $3.4 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2022.
  • Maintained a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 50% as of June 30, 2022, within our target range of 40% to 50%.

Operational Updates and Milestones for the Second Quarter:

  • Flew a record load factor for the quarter of 88%, driven by high demand on reduced capacity.
  • Led the industry in on-time performance for the month of June, meeting our commitment to operational reliability.
  • Received nine Boeing 737-9 aircraft in the second quarter, bringing the total number of 737-9s in our mainline fleet to 28.
  • Ratified new contracts with Alaska Airlines dispatchers and Horizon Air aircraft technicians and fleet service agents; and reached a tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines IAM represented employees.
  • Expanded pilot training throughput by 20% from April, and added 100 active mainline pilots in the second quarter.
  • Began nonstop service to Miami and Cleveland from Seattle, bringing the total nonstop destinations served from Seattle to 100.
  • Launched $8 flat rate satellite Wi-Fi on mainline aircraft in partnership with Intelsat.

Awards and Employee Recognition:

  • Ranked as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes, recognizing our commitment to increasing diverse leadership representation and equity initiatives.
  • Named the Best Major Airline in North America by the Airline Passenger Experience Association, highlighting Alaska’s inflight experience.
  • Recognized the company’s workforce for their relentless commitment to caring for our guests for 90 years by giving each employee 90,000 miles redeemable for travel anywhere in the world.

Second Quarter Environmental, Social and Governance Updates:

  • Released our 2021 Care Report, highlighting the company’s progress in various environmental, social and governance areas and outlining ongoing initiatives and future goals.
  • Signed agreement with Aemetis to purchase 13 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel to be delivered over the seven-year term of the agreement.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, announced a partnership with Microsoft and Twelve, a carbon transformation technology company, to advance the availability of sustainable aviation fuels.
  • Scored 100% in our first year participating in Disability:IN’s Disability Equality Index, which benchmarks companies on their disability inclusion and equality.

Tune in:

A conference call regarding the first quarter results will be streamed online at 8:30 a.m. PDT on July 21, 2022. It can be accessed at For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available after the conclusion of the call. You can also follow @AlaskaAirNews for live updates from the call.

Full earnings financial data:

Statistical data, reconciliations of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, further details regarding results and a glossary of financial terms can be found in our Earnings Release as filed with the SEC.