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ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES RECORDS 45.9 PERCENT PASSENGER TRAFFIC INCREASE IN MARCH

 WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Coast Airlines today reported preliminary passenger traffic statistics for the month of March, as well as year-to-date totals for the first three months of 1993. The results for March show the United Express carrier's revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 45.9 percent, while capacity, available seat miles (ASMs), rose 20.4 percent, resulting in an 8.1 percentage point gain in the airline's load factor.
 ASM total for Atlantic Coast Airlines reached 45,920,000, up 20.4 percent from 38,138,000 operated in March 1992. RPMs rose to 21,324,000, a 45.9 percent increase over the 14,612,000 posted the same month last year. The United Express carrier's load factor, the percentage of available seats filled, increased to 46.4 percent from 38.3 percent. Atlantic Coast Airlines carried 76,775 passengers during the month, 46.6 percent more than the 52,377 passengers carried in March 1992.
 Commenting on the March results, Kerry Skeen, president of Atlantic Coast Airlines, said: "The preliminary results for march, which show our company's continuing year over year gains, are especially encouraging considering the negative impact of the month-long adverse weather on the East Coast and, most notably, the major storm on March 16 through 18, which nearly paralyzed our Washington Dulles hub for several days."
 The year-to-date statistics for Atlantic Coast Airlines also show continued growth during the first three months of 1993. Atlantic Coast Airlines has operated 19.6 percent more ASMs this year, reaching 126,863,000 up from 106,087,000. RPMs have increased 49.0 percent ,from 37,144,000 in 1992 to 55,332,000 thus far in 1993. The airline has carried 198,817 passengers, 43.8 percent more than the 138,258 passengers carried during the same period in 1992. Load factor for the year has gained 8.6 percentage points, reaching 43.8 percent.
 On April 1, Atlantic Coast Airlines began operating 12 deHavilland Dash-8 aircraft from the Washington Dulles hub throughout its system, which increased by 10 cities which were previously served by Air Wisconsin. Simultaneously, Atlantic Coast Airlines also inaugurated its intra-Florida United Express service to eight cities, with flights feeding traffic to United Airlines in both Miami and Orlando.
 Employee-owned Atlantic Coast Airlines is based in Sterling, Va. It has operated as United Express since December 1989 when it began with six aircraft flying to six cities. Atlantic Coast Airlines serves 54 cities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The airline operates with a hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and significant operations in Newark, Orlando and Miami. Its fleet consists of 53 aircraft -- 28 British Aerospace Jetstream Super 31s, 13 Embraer Brasilia 120s, five deHavilland Dash-8 100 series, and seven deHavilland Dash-8 300 series. Systemwide, Atlantic Coast Airlines operates a total of 447 daily departures, including 158 from the Washington Dulles hub, the most of any airline. For each flight on United Express, passengers


receive 500 miles credit in United Airlines' popular Mileage Plus frequent flyer programs.
 March 1993 vs. March 1992
 March '93 March '92 Change
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 21,324 14,612 45.9 pct.
 Available Seat Miles (000) 45,920 38,138 20.4 pct.
 Load Factor 46.4 pct. 38.3 pct. 8.1 points
 Passengers 76,775 52,377 46.6 pct.
 Year-to-Date -- 1993 vs. 1992
 3 Mos. '93 3 Mos. '92 Change
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 55,332 37,144 49.0 pct.
 Available Seat Miles (000) 126,863 106,087 19.6 pct.
 Load Factor 43.6 pct. 35.0 pct. 8.6 points
 Passengers 198,817 138,258 43.8 pct.
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 /CONTACT: Barron Beneski of United Express/Atlantic Coast Airlines, 703-406-6500/


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