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ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES ANNOUNCES OCTOBER PASSENGER TRAFFIC RESULTS

 STERLING, Va., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Coast Airlines, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: ACAI), which operates as United Express, reported that its passenger traffic increased 57.5 percent in October, as compared to October 1992, according to preliminary results released today. The carrier's traffic, as measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), rose from 24,441,000 in October of last year to 38,497,000 this past month. The airline's capacity, available seat miles (ASMs), increased 94.8 percent, from 43,713,000 to 85,166,000. Load factor, the percentage of available seats filled, declined 10.7 percentage points, from 55.9 percent to 45.2 percent. Atlantic Coast Airlines carried 148,868 passengers in October 1993, 72.7 percent more than the 86,219 carried during the same month last year.
 For the first 10 months of 1993, Atlantic Coast Airlines' RPMs have increased 72.4 percent, from 181,692,000 to 313,187,000, while ASMs have risen 75.8 percent, from 388,666,000 to 683,452,000. The carrier's load factor for the first 10 months of this year has decreased 0.9 percentage points, from 46.7 percent in 1992 to 45.8 percent. Atlantic Coast Airlines has carried 1,176,045 passengers thus far in 1993, as compared to 647,951 in 1992, an 81.5 percent increase.
 Kerry Skeen, president of Atlantic Coast Airlines, said, "The year over year comparison of October's load factor is distorted due to the upward effect of last year's strike at USAir on our passenger traffic." In October 1992, Atlantic Coast Airlines benefited from inflated passenger loads during the strike because it operated United Express service in many markets that were also served by USAir.
 Atlantic Coast Airlines is a publicly traded company based in Sterling. It has operated as United Express since December 1989, when service began with six aircraft and six cities from Washington Dulles. Today, Atlantic Coast Airlines serves 56 cities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The airline operates with a hub at Washington Dulles International Airport, where it offers 182 daily departures, the most of any airline. Atlantic Coast Airlines also maintains a significant presence in Newark and Orlando. Its fleet comprises 62 aircraft: 30 British Aerospace Jetstream Super 31's, 13 Embraer Brasilia 120's, five deHavilland Dash-8 100 series, seven deHavilland Dash-8 300 series and seven British Aerospace Jetstream 41's, with 10 more scheduled for delivery over the next 16 months. Throughout its system, the United Express carrier operates 477 daily departures, for which passengers receive valuable mileage credit in United Airlines' popular Mileage Plus frequent flyer program.
 ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES -- OPERATING RESULTS
 October 1993 vs. October 1992
 Percent
 October 1993 October 1992 Change
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 38,497 24,441 57.5 pct
 Available Seat Miles (000) 85,166 43,713 94.8 pct
 Load Factor 45.2 pct 55.9 pct (10.7) pts
 Passengers 148,868 86,219 72.7 pct
 ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES -- OPERATING RESULTS
 10 Months 1993 vs. 1992
 10 Months 10 Months Percent
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 313,187 181,692 72.4 pct
 Available Seat Miles (000) 683,452 388,666 75.8 pct
 Load Factor 45.8 pct 46.7 pct (0.9) pts
 Passengers 1,176,045 647,951 81.5 pct
 -0- 11/9/93
 /CONTACT: Barron Beneski, public relations, of Atlantic Coast Airlines, 703-406-6500/
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