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BRITISH AIRWAYS AUGUST TRAFFIC AND CAPACITY STATISTICS

 BRITISH AIRWAYS AUGUST TRAFFIC AND CAPACITY STATISTICS
 NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- British Airways (NYSE: BAB) scheduled revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in August increased by 13.9 percent compared with the previous year, with scheduled available seat miles (ASMs) up by 10.7 percent. The 79.6 percent scheduled passenger load factor for the month was up by 2.2 points compared with the previous year, and was an improvement on July's figure of 78.1 percent.
 Intercontinental capacity (ASMs) increased by 11.8 percent in August, with U.K./Europe up by 6.7 percent compared with the previous year. Traffic growth (RPMs) exceeded capacity increases on both intercontinental and shorthaul services, producing passenger load factor increases of 1.9 points and 2.9 points, respectively, compared with the previous year.
 Traffic growth in August remained focused on the main cabin of the aircraft, though the month saw further improvement in growth of premium traffic compared with last year.
 Cargo traffic (CTMs) carried on British Airways scheduled services in August increased by 7.8 percent compared with the previous year, with total scheduled revenue ton miles up by 12.6 percent.
 For the financial year to-date, British Airways traffic increased by 16.0% compared with the previous year on a capacity increase of 12.1 percent. The 74.6 percent scheduled passenger load factor was up by 2.5 points compared with the same period last year.
 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
 British Airways announced a net profit of 70 million pounds sterling ($133 million) for the three months, April to the end of June, 1992. The result compared with /6 million for the same period in the previous year -- the first full quarter following the Gulf war. The airline stated that passenger yields would continue to reflect pressures associated with traffic mix and the strength of sterling, and that it is on track to achieve the planned 150 million pounds in ongoing cost savings during the second phase of its three-year Gap Closure program, being well positioned to take advantage of any improvement in trading conditions.
 The airline announced that it is to reopen direct air links between the U.K. and Uganda this November, with a twice weekly B747 service, after a break of 16 years.
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 /CONTACT: John Lampl of British Airways, 718-937-4729/
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