SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

October 04, 2007 19:00 ET

Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. Releases September Traffic

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL), today released its passenger and traffic levels for September 2007.

During September, Pinnacle transported 817,149 customers, 13.8% more than the same period in 2006. Passenger Load Factor was 75.9%, an increase of 3.2 points over September 2006 levels. For the month, Pinnacle flew 502.1 million Available Seat Miles ("ASMs"), a 4.3% increase when compared to the same period in 2006. Pinnacle flew 381.0 million Revenue Passenger Miles ("RPMs"), an increase of 8.7% over September 2006.

For the month, Pinnacle operated 36,095 block hours, a 7.7% increase from the same period in 2006. The term "block hour" refers to the elapsed time between an aircraft leaving a gate and arriving at a gate. Departures were up 8.9% to 21,998. The average length of a Pinnacle flight was 461 statute miles compared to 479 statute miles in September 2006.

During September, all aircraft in the Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. fleet operated with 50 seats. In addition, Pinnacle operated 139 aircraft during the month compared to 124 aircraft for the same month of 2006.

                               September 2007 Traffic
                       -------------------------------------
                           2007         2006       Change
     Passengers          817,149      718,160       13.8%
     Load Factor            75.9%        72.7%       3.2 pts
     ASMs (000)          502,124      481,632        4.3%
     RPMs (000)          381,003      350,371        8.7%
     Departures           21,998       20,207        8.9%
     Block Hours          36,095       33,516        7.7%



                                Year-To-Date Traffic
                       -------------------------------------
                           2007         2006       Change
     Passengers        7,476,813    6,684,752       11.8%
     Load Factor            76.7%        76.5%       0.2 pts
     ASMs (000)        4,528,179    4,173,150        8.5%
     RPMs (000)        3,471,275    3,193,715        8.7%
     Departures          199,405      188,031        6.0%
     Block Hours         329,201      310,503        6.0%

About Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Pinnacle Airlines Corp., an airline holding company, is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. and Colgan Air, Inc. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates under the name Northwest Airlink and operates 139 Canadair Regional Jets in the United States and Canada. Colgan Air, Inc. operates as Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express and operates a fleet of 42 Saab 340 and 8 Beech 1900 turboprop regional aircraft. For further information, visit our web-site at www.pncl.com.

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available to investors at our web-site or on line from the Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove erroneous, actual results may vary materially from results that were anticipated or projected. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements before its next required filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information