SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

July 07, 2005 07:00 ET

Pinnacle Airlines Releases June Traffic

MEMPHIS, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 7, 2005 -- Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNCL) released its passenger and traffic levels for June 2005 today.

For June, Pinnacle flew 504.9 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs), an increase of 46.1% over June 2004 levels. Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) expanded 45.6% to 393.3 million. Passenger Load Factor was 77.9%. Pinnacle transported 749,756 Customers during the month, 25.8% more than the same period last year.

During June, Pinnacle operated 38,000 block hours and completed 21,528 cycles, increases of 43.2% and 28.2% over June 2004 levels, respectively. The term "block hour" refers to the elapsed time between an aircraft leaving a gate and arriving at a gate, and the term "cycle" refers to an aircraft's departure and corresponding arrival.

Separately, Pinnacle accepted delivery of three new Canadair Regional Jets during the calendar month of June bringing its total fleet to 137 CRJs on June 30, 2005.

June 2005 Traffic

                   2005            2004          Change
ASMs (000)        504,892         345,526         46.1%
RPMs (000)        393,260         270,065         45.6%
Load Factor        77.9%           78.2%          (0.3) pts
Passengers        749,756         596,214         25.8%

Block Hours        38,000          26,541         43.2%
Cycles             21,528          16,795         28.2%
Year-To-Date Traffic
                   2005            2004          Change
ASMs (000)      2,770,981       1,807,647         53.3%
RPMs (000)      1,904,552       1,239,077         53.7%
Load Factor      68.7%             68.5%           0.2 pts
Passengers      3,779,535       2,847,207         32.7%

Block Hours       210,444         140,435         49.9%
Cycles            121,094          90,532         33.8%
Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., operates under the name Northwest Airlink and provides service to destinations in the United States and Canada. Pinnacle operates an all-jet fleet of Canadair 44 and 50-seat Regional Jets from Northwest hubs at Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis - St. Paul, and its two focus cities of Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Pinnacle Airlines maintains its headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 3,600 People. For further information, please contact Philip Reed, Vice-President, Marketing at 901-348-4257, or visit our web-site at

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.

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