Air Transport World

Asia-Pacific. (air lines) (1985 Market Development Report)

Asia/Pacific

Air-India: Yearend data for India's flag carrier were not available at this writing. Through November 1984, Air-India had flown 1,665,019 passengers, up 0.9%, and 7.74 billion RPKs, up 0.7%.

Air Lanka: Another year of excellent traffic growth was posted by the national carrier of Sri Lanka in 1984. Passenger boardings were up 10.73% to 681,000, RPKs jumped 15.4% to 2.5 billion and FTKs soared 34.7% to 60 million.

Airline of the Marshall Islands: Initiation of international flights with its BAe 748 to Kiribait, Funafuti and Fiji highlighted 1984 for the third-level carrier. The service is operated under a lease arrangement with Air Tungaru.

This year the airline will take delivery of two Dornier DO-228s. It also flies two GAF Nomads.

Passenger boardings rose 9.6% last year to 13,784 while RPKs climbed 9.9% to 3.88 million. Increases of 23.3% in passengers and 24.5% in RPKs are forecast for 1985.

On the financial side, revenues dipped 6.2% to $1.8 million while expenses were climbing 23.9% to $1.1 million, cutting operating income to $662,152 from $1 million in 1983. Net income fell to $96,178 from $438,303.

Airlines of West. Australia: The traffic decline of 1983 was reversed in 1984 as the third-level carrier posted increases of 4.1% in passengers to 399,400 and 8.7% in RPKs to 460 million. Freight however, dipped 2.3% to 6.1 million FTKs.

Air Mauritius: Introduction of a Boeing 747SP in November was a major event for this island nation airline. Traffic for the year was up 57.9% to 441.9 million RPKs as capacity increased 48.3% to 610.9 million ASKs. The airline expects another large ASK increase this year, some 69% better than 1984.

Revenues rose 71.3% to $32.8 million, but expenses increasing at a 92.8% rate to $31.3 million helped the net decline 9.2% to $4.4 million. Employment increased 18.4 to 534 during 1984.

In addition to the 747 the airline files two 707s, two deHavilland Twin Otters and has partial leases on a 737 and Hawker Siddeley 748.

Air New Zealand: Excellent traffic growth continued at the New Zealand flag carrier in 1984. …

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