Air Transport World

Asia/Pacific. (brief status update on indigenous airlines)(Illustration)

22.22% of world passengers

22.92% of world RPKs

30.82% of world FTKs

Aero Bengal: The privately owned Bangladeshi carrier launched operations last summer with two Chinese-built Y-12 turboprops, according to press reports. Its traffic results could not be obtained.

Aeropelican: The Newcastle-based regional carried 83,000 passengers in the year ended June 30, 1995, in its four Twin Otters. The total was down 9.8% from the previous year and Aeropelican attributed the decline to competition.

Air Caledonie International: Excellent traffic growth was posted by the Noumea-based airline in 1995. Passenger boardings rose 24.2% to 106,817, RPKs surged 55.2% to 232.8 million and FTKs skyrocketed 192.8% to 4.9 million.

Air Facilities: The carrier flies from its Albury base to Canberra with a fleet of three Navajos and a Cessna 310. Its 1995 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Hong Kong: Traffic was down sharply at the cargo carrier in 1995, according to ICAO, with FTKs falling 22.1% to 528.9 million.

Air India: As anticipated, India's flag carrier had a dismal year, reporting negative results in the 12 months ended March 31 for the first time since its 1988 financial year. Although operating revenues rose 15.5% to $991.5 million, it recorded an operating loss of $15.9 million and a net loss of $32 million. Continuing industrial unrest, rising wages and other costs, and a drop in yields were cited as reasons for the poor performance.

Traffic continued to soar, however. Through September, the latest period for which results were available, enplanements jumped 22.5% to 2,030,341, RPKS climbed 20.3% to 8.4 billion and FTKs advanced 27.2% to 422.2 million.

In a bid to increase its share of the growing international traffic from India, Air India has been attempting to build its capacity. It added four 747-400s to its fleet last year and also leased three A310s, two L-1011-500s and two DC-8 freighters.

Air Kangaroo island: The reborn carrier is flying a Shorts 330 between Adelaide and Kingscote. Its 1995 traffic results were not provided.

Air Lanka: Healthy traffic growth continued last year at Sri Lanka's national carrier as passenger boardings rose 8.4% to 1,163,588, RPKS advanced 8% to 4 billion and FTKS surged 42% to 156 million. Lesser gains of 7.6% in passengers and 3.3% in RPKS are foreseen this year. On the financial front, Mr Lanka posted an operating profit of $38.6 million, up from $24.1 million, and a net of $2 million, down from $7.2 million, on a 7.3% rise in revenues to $291 million.

Airlines of Tasmania: The Australian regional's schedules and fleet were revamped at the end of 1994, when it entered into a commercial agreement with Tamair. Its three de Havilland Herons have been placed in storage and it is flying a Metro III, a Bandeirante and three Chieftains. Its traffic was down slightly in the year ended June 30, 1995, according to the Australian DOT, with passenger boardings dipping 1.2% to 37,944.

Air Link: The Dubbo-based airline feeds Hazelton Airlines with a fleet of three Navajos and three Cessna 310s. Its 1995 traffic results were not provided.

Air Macau: The carrier launched operations from the new Macau International Airport in November, with two A321s and had flown 22,398 passengers and 32.9 million RPKs by year end. Revenues for the year totaled $3 million and resulted in an operating loss of $5 million and a net loss of $4.7 million. This year, Air Macau expects to grow more than 10-fold; its forecast is for 268,800 passengers and 400 million RPKs.

Air Nelson: The Air New Zealand affiliate had an excellent year in 1995, posting gains of 18.5% to 851,O00 in passengers and 26.2% to 217 million in RPKs. It is looking for lesser growth of 2.2% in passengers and 10.1% in RPKs this year. Air Nelson flies 12 Saab 340As and eight Metro IIIs.

Air New Zealand: Although profits were down in the first half of ANZ's fiscal year ended Dec. 31, it expects full-year results to approach the record levels of 1994-95, when it netted $173 million on a 10.7% jump to $1.9 billion in revenues.

In the 1995-96 first half, it posted an after-tax profit of $91.3 million, down from $94.9 million, as revenues rose 1.9% to just over $1 billion. The profit dip was attributed to a combination of increased competition, a stronger NZ dollar and a 7-day air-traffic controller strike.

At this writing, ANZ was still pursuing efforts to boost its transtasman presence by acquiring a stake in Ansett Australia (ATW, 5/96).

On the traffic front, ANZ supplied only data for its international services, reporting that its RPKs were up 11.7% in 1995 to 16.5 billion and that it carried 3,293,000 passengers. In the year ended June 30, 1995, in all services, it flew 6,382,000 passengers, up 9.8%; 17.7 billion RPKs, up 13. …

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