Air Transport World

Europe. (airline industry report)

Aer Lingus: Introduction of commuter-style services between Ireland and Britain and addition to the fleet of two Shorts 360s highlighted the past twelve months at the Irish carrier.

Passenger boarding were down 7% in 1983 to 2,224,968 and RPKs fell 9% to 2.96 billion. Freight, however, rose 20% to 91.6 million FTKs.

In the 1982-83 financial year, Aer Lingus reported an operating profit of $19 million on revenues of $575 million.

Aeroflot: The world's largest airline experienced slow growth in 1983, with passengers boarded up 1.3% to 109.4 million and RPKs up 2.5% to 176.5 billion. Freight showed stronger improvement, increasing 8.4% to 2.65 billion FTKs.

Aero Trasporti: The Italian domestic carrier continued to enjoy good traffic growth in 1983, with passenger boardings rising 3.4% to 3,200,288 and RPKs climbing 4.7% to 1.5 billion.

Air Europe: The British charter carrier enjoyed another good year in 1983, with boardings rising 14% to 1,446,000.

Air France: Stringent cost controls and a stabilization in fuel prices contributed to a major financial turnaround at Air France in 1983 as the carrier posted a net profit of $11.2 million in contrast to a loss of $120.5 million the year before (ATW, 4/84).

On the traffic side, passenger boardings were up 0.9% to 11.7 million, RPKs rose 0.6% to 27.5 billion and freight jumped 19% to just over 2 billion FTKs.

This year will be one of "consolidation and stabilization," according to AF officials. The first three of five Airbus A310s on order will be delivered during the year.

Air Inter: The French domestic carrier continued to enjoy excellent traffic growth in 1983. Passenger boardings were up 8.6% to 10,035,160 while RPKs rose 8.8% to 5.45 billion. FTKs, however, were off 2.3% to 13.6 million.

Revenues were up 14% to $560 million and produce a net profit of $2.3 million, down from $4.6 million in 1982.

A highlight of 1983 was placement of an order for ten Airbus A320s.

AirMalta: Acquisition of its first new owned aircraft--three Boeing 737-200As--highlighted 1983 for the Maltese carrier. Another notable occurrence was the appointment of E. Micallef as managing director.

Increases of 4.2% to 616,000 in passengers, 5.8% to 1.1 billion in RPKs and 0.5% to 3.3 million in FTKs were posted for calendar 1983. AirMalta anticipates growth of 7.6% in passengers and 9% in RPKs this year.

During the 1983 fiscal year, revenues of $70.7 million produced an operating profit of $13.85 million and a net profit of $653,000.

Alitalia: The Italian flag carrier's traffic was relatively flat in 1983 as passenger boardings rose 1.5% to 7,370,000 RPKs remained level at 12.6 billion and FTKs climbed 8.4% to 607 million.

Alitalia took delivery during the year of the first three of 30 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s that it will add to its fleet by 1986.

Austrian: Although financial data were not available at this writing for the year ending in April, Austria's flag carrier was expecting to report its 13th consecutive profitable year. …

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