Air Transport World

Asia/Pacific. (airlines of the Asia/Pacific region) (World Airline Report 1990)

Aerolift: The Philippine carrier continues to seek financing with which to acquire jet aircraft to enter the domestic market.

Air Caledonie: The Noumea-based domestic carrier flies three ATR 42s and two Dornier 228s to nine destinations. It carried some 200,000 passengers in its most recent fiscal year. Air Caledonie international: initiation of service to Melbourne highlighted 1990 for Air Caledonie International, which also reported healthy traffic growth and profits for the year. On the traffic front, passenger boardings were up 14.1% to 106,420 and RPKs gained 14.8% to 127.3 million. A slight dip in boardings is forecast this year. Revenues of $19.8 million produced an operating profit of $4 million and a net of $274,400. In 1989, the carrier, which flies a 737-300 and a Twin Otter, had a net loss of $1.28 million.

Air Central Eyre: The small Australian carrier, which flew a Navajo to several towns from Adelaide, has ceased operations due to inadequate traffic.

Air China: The Beijing-headquartered division of CAAC that operates China's international services flies three 747-400s and has five more on order ATW, 2/91). its mostly Boeing fleet also includes three 747-200 Combis, a 747-200 freighter, four 747SPs, six 767-200ERs, three 737-200s, two 737-300s, five 707s, four BAe 146s, four An-24s and four Chinese-built Y7s. It flew 1.86 million passengers and made a net profit of $106 million in 1989. its 1990 results were not available at this writing.

Air Hibiscus: Although a number of paper airlines announced plans to launch postderegulation service in Australia, all but one failed to get off the ground in 1990. Air Hibiscus is among those that has not begun operating.

Air Hong Kong: The all-cargo carrier flew 78.7 million FTKs in 1990, up 25.8% from its 1989 total. In January, it launched service to Nagoya, and 1991 also will see the placement into service of two 747-100 freighters to supplement the two 707-30OCs with which service was initiated.

Air-India: Traffic turned up again at India's flag carrier in 1990 as passenger boardings rose 6.7% to 2,320,468, RPKs were ahead 4.1% to 9.5 billion and FTKs remained level at 570 million.

Air-India reported an operating profit of $30.8 million for the fiscal year ending March 31-down 23% but far better than the anticipated negative results-on revenues of $895.1 million, up 12.8% from fiscal 1990. Quick steps to cut costs, including layoff of about 3,000 employees, were credited with helping the carrier to achieve a profit.

Air-India was involved in the biggest airlift of expatriates from the Gulf after the invasion of Kuwait, transporting 125,000 Indians from the region in four weeks. Because the Gulf region traditionally accounts for 33% of the airline's net income, it calculated that the crisis caused a net revenue loss of $17.8 million and an impact of as much as $8.7 million on profitability.

AirLanka: Another outstanding year was put into the books in 1990 by Sri Lanka's national carrier, which launched service to Melbourne and Sydney during the year. Passenger boardings jumped 19.7% to 891,791, RPKs surged 29.2% to 3.4 billion, and freight soared 24.5% to 91.2 million FTKs. On the financial front, revenues were up 52.6% to $209.9 million, boosting operating income to $11.26 million from $3.3 million in 1989 and turning that year's small net loss into a net profit of $7.2 million.

Air Nauru: Owned by the government of the Central Pacific island Republic of Nauru, the carrier recently ordered two 737-400s. Its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air New Zealand: Mixed traffic results marked 1990 at New Zealand's flag carrier. RPKs were up 5.2% to 10.6 billion but passenger boardings were off 6.7% to 5,028,726 and FTKs were down 5.3% to 315.5 million.

Air Nippon: The domestic subsidiary of All Nippon Airways had an excellent year in 1990, posting gains of 17.9% to 2,754,973 in passengers, 22.2% to 875 million in RPKs and 25.3% to 2.66 million in FTKs. Load factor was an impressive 74%.

Air Niugini: Through November, traffic at the national carrier of Papua New Guinea was essentially level with that of the 1989 period. Passenger boardings were up a scant 0.4% to 630,868, RPKs were down 3.7% to 563 million and FTKs were up 0.1% to 12.5 million.

Air Pacific: Addition of a 767-200ER to the fleet in July to replace its 737 highlighted 1990 for Air Pacific. The 767 is used on routes to Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland. A second 767 is on order to join a fleet that includes a 747 and two ATR 42-300s.

This year will begin the shift of Air Pacific's headquarters to Nadi from Suva with initiation of construction of a new hangar and workshops. The phased relocation will be completed in 1993. Another major event this year will be addition of a second weekly flight to Tokyo.

The Fijian carrier enjoyed good growth in RPKs and FTKs in 1990, even though passenger boardings were down 5.6% to 324,990. RPKs, however, rose 5.1% to 882.5 million and FTKs jumped 10.5% to 25.3 million. This year's forecast is for gains of 6.3% in passengers and 13.8% in RPKs. Last year, revenues were up 11.9% to $108 million.

All Nippon: The winner of ATWs Passenger Service Award for 1990 is looking for a reasonably good year in 1991, forecasting that its passenger boardings will grow 5. …

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