SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

January 04, 2007 18:00 ET

Pinnacle Airlines Releases December Traffic

MEMPHIS, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 4, 2007 -- Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (NASDAQ: PNCL), today released its passenger and traffic levels for December 2006.

During December, Pinnacle transported 763,007 Customers, 9.1% more than the same period in 2005. Passenger Load Factor was 73.0%, a decrease of 1.7 points over December 2005 levels. For the month, Pinnacle flew 490.8 million Available Seat Miles ("ASMs"), a 6.0% increase when compared to the same period in 2005. Pinnacle flew 358.2 million Revenue Passenger Miles ("RPMs"), 3.5% more than December 2005.

For the month, Pinnacle operated 35,490 block hours, a 1.9% decrease from the same period in 2005. Cycles were up 2.9% to 21,175. Additionally, the average length of a Pinnacle flight was reduced from 489 to 464 statute miles. The term "block hour" refers to the elapsed time between an aircraft leaving a gate and arriving at a gate, the term "cycle" refers to an aircraft's departure and corresponding arrival.

In the third quarter, Pinnacle completed the conversion of the remaining 71 aircraft in its fleet operating with 44 seats to 50 seat aircraft. As of December 31, 2006, all aircraft in the Pinnacle Airlines fleet operated with 50 seats, providing more passenger lift to Northwest Airlines. The conversion of seats results in an increase of 7.4% in seat capacity compared to 2005.

               December 2006 Traffic

                   2006       2005    Change
Passengers       763,007    699,250     9.1%
Load Factor       73.0%      74.7%    (1.7) pts
ASMs (000)       490,814    462,923     6.0%
RPMs (000)       358,244    346,024     3.5%
Cycles            21,175     20,574     2.9%
Block Hours       35,490     36,179    (1.9)%


              Full Year Traffic Totals

                   2006       2005    Change
Passengers     8,988,180  8,104,918    10.9%
Load Factor       76.0%      72.0%     4.0 pts
ASMs (000)     5,640,629  5,732,773   (1.6)%
RPMs (000)     4,288,551  4,129,039     3.9%
Cycles           250,892    249,262     0.7%
Block Hours      415,069    432,900   (4.1)%

Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates under the name Northwest Airlink and provides service to destinations in the United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2006, Pinnacle operated an all-jet fleet of 124 Canadair 50-seat regional jets from Northwest hubs at Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis - St. Paul, and a focus city at Indianapolis. Pinnacle Airlines maintains its headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 4,000 People. For further information, please visit our web-site at www.nwairlink.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 of 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

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    Philip Reed
    Vice-President, Marketing
    901-348-4257