Continental (CAL) - Get Report said its net income rose 2% year over year, thanks to record third-quarter revenue, continuing strong international growth and load factors that were at an all-time high.
Earnings for the latest quarter came to $241 million, or $2.15 a share. Without a special charge of $12 million for pilot pensions, earnings were $2.25 a share, 8 cents better than analysts had anticipated.
Revenue was $3.8 billion, up 8.6% and in line with estimates.
Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile rose 4.8%, and load factor was a third-quarter record 83.8%, on a capacity increase of 3.7%. Mainline RASM rose 6%, reflecting a domestic increase of 2.5%. RASM climbed 9.9% in Latin America and the Pacific and 9.8% on trans-Atlantic routes.
Mainline cost per available seat mile rose 3.3%, holding fuel rates constant. Fuel expenses were up 4.3% to $895 million. Continental said its annual fuel costs rise by $44 million for each $1-per-barrel increase in crude oil, but a soon-to-be introduced supplier cost-reduction initiative could save $100 million annually.