Air Transport World

Asia/Pacific.(special section: 1994 World Airline Report)

Aeropelican: Flying between Newcastle and Sydney with four Twin Otters, the Australian carrier boarded 94,054 passengers in the year ended June 30, 1994, up 3.9% from 1993.

Air Caledonie International: Mixed traffic results marked 1994 at the Noumea-based carrier, with passenger boardings dipping 0.1% to 86,033 but RPKs rising 1.8% to 150 million and FTKs jumping 9.8% to 1.68 million. Introduction of service to Auckland and Papeete is expected to boost RPKs by 87.2% and FTKS by 235.5% in 1995.

On the financial front, revenues were flat at $24.4 million while expenses rose 3%, increasing the operating loss to $1.58 million from $780,280. However, Air Caledonie wound up the year with a net profit of $173,270, up from $19,467.

Air Facilities: The Australian carrier, which flies routes out of Albury, added a third Navajo to its fleet last year. Its 1994 traffic results were not available.

Air Hong Kong: The cargo carrier had a good year on the traffic front in 1994 but according to parent Cathay Pacific, sustained "substantial" losses. Through November, FTKs were ahead 34.3% to 631.8 million. Air Hong Kong will dispose of one of its three 747s this year and focus on routes to Europe and Japan.

Air India: For the second successive year, Air India's profitability curve has shown a downward trend and indications are that the state-owned carrier is likely to report a marginal profit at best when 1994-95 results are in. Net profit in the previous year was $63.5 million, down 40%. In the nine months ended Sept. 30, Air India had a net of $20.3 million on revenues of $490.5 million, but flights to the Gulf and other areas were halted for a month by the plague scare in late September, sending profits plunging.

Other factors eroding profits have been a decline in the carrier's market share out of India, said to be only 20% now, and cost escalations due to a rapid capacity buildup. Air india has acquired four new 747-400s in the past two years and last year, it also wet-leased two DC-8 freighters and two a 310s. Operating expenses in the first half were up 24.1% while revenues rose only 21.7%.

Traffic results for only five months of 1994 were available at this writing, with the carrier reporting to ICAO that its passenger boardings were up 13% to 865,694, RPKs were ahead 25.7% to 3.7 billion and FTKs had jumped 66.6% to 177.3 million.

Air Kangaroo Island: Two ownership changes led to a 4-month shutdown of die Adelaide-based carrier but in September, it resumed flying a Navajo and two Cessna 402s. Its 1994 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Lanka: Introduction of two A340-300s into its fleet and good gains in traffic and profits highlighted 1994 for Sri Lanka's national carrier.

On the traffic front, passenger boardings rose 7.4% to 1,073,489, RPKs were ahead 1.6% to 3.7 billion and FTKs climbed 5.3% to 110 million.

Air Lanka posted an operating profit of $23.9 million, up from $13.7 million, and a net of $8.4 million, up from $5.4 million, on a 2.5% increase in revenues to $271.4 million.

Airlines of Tasmania: With a mixed fleet including what are believed to be the last three de Havilland Herons in scheduled airline service, the Evendale-based carrier operates to a dozen cities. It also flies three Navajos, a Metro III and a Bandeirante. Its 1994 traffic results were not available.

Air Link: The Dubbo-based third-level carrier feeds Hazelton Airlines with a fleet of two Navajos and three Cessna 310s. Its traffic results for 1994 could not be obtained.

Air Maroochy: The Australian regional launched operations in early 1993 and flies two Cessna 402s and a Partenavia P-68 to five cities. Traffic results were not available.

Air Marshall Islands: The Pacific carrier flies three weekly round trips to Honolulu with a DC-8-62 and also serves several island nations with two Do 228s and a BAe 748. its traffic was not available.

Air Nelson: Now 50% owned by Air New Zealand, Air Nelson was flying 12 Saab 340As and nine Metro IIIs to 18 points at last report. Traffic results were unavailable.

Air New Zealand: New alliances with SAS and Lanchile, introduction of service to Osaka Kansai airport and initiation of nonstop Sydney-Los Angeles service were among the highlights of 1994 for New Zealand's national carrier (ATW, 11/94).

Traffic soared in 1994, according to ICAO. Passenger boardings jumped 21.3% to 5,062,554, RPKs climbed 19% to 15.8 billion and FIX surged 17.4% to 545.6 million. Load factor was just under 70%.

In the financial year ended June 30, 1994, ANZ posted an operating profit of $118.2 million, up from $75.7 million, and a net of $113.3 million, up from $75.3 million, on a 22.4% rise in revenues to $1.54 billion.

Air Nippon: Another good year was put in the books by All Nippon's domestic subsidiary. Passenger boardings rose 9.8% to 4,356,647, RPKs advanced 13% to 1.88 billion and FTKs jumped 20.5% to 6.67 million.

Air Niugini: Good growth continued at the national carrier of Papua New Guinea last year. Through September, it told ICAO, passenger boardings were up 11% to 718,817, RPKs were ahead 8. …

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