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Asia-Pacific. (air line statistics) (23rd Annual Market Development Report)

Asia/Pacific

Air Caledonie: Increases in operating and net profits but a slight dip in traffic marked 1985 at Air Caledonie.

Revenues in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1986, rose 12.7% to $6.58 million while expenses were up only 12.3% to $6.37 million, producing an operating profit of $207,290, up from $163,331 in the previous fiscal year. Net profit soared to $407,290 from $72,866.

Air Caledonie carried 130,767 passengers in 1985, down 2.4% from 1984, in its fleet of four de Havilland Twin Otters, a Cessna 310P and a Britten Norman Islander. RPKs were down 2.3% to 21 million. It has two ATR 42s on order. Increases of 5.5% in passengers and 6% in RPKs are forecast for 1986.

Air-India: Unrest in its home country led to a traffic decline at India's flag carrier in 1985. Passenger boardings were down 2.6% to 1.76 million and RPKs fell 6.6% to 7.7 billion.

Airlanka: Resumption of service to Singapore, addition of a second Boeing 747 to the fleet, and receipt of two prestigious awards highlighted 1985 at Airlanka.

The carrier's duty free service was picked as the best among scheduled carriers by sponsors of the first international tax and duty free marketing awards. And Airlanka Catering, a joint venture with Thai International, received the Mercury Award from the International Flight Caterers Assn.

Traffic growth slowed at Airlanka in 1985 from the pace of the previous year. Passenger boardings were up 2.5% to 698,614, RPKs rose 1.1% to 2.5 billion and FTKs climbed 9.3% to 65.7 million. The carrier anticipates a small decline in both passenger and freight traffic this year.

Air New Zealand: Healthy traffic growth was once again the story at New Zealand's flag carrier. Passenger boardings rose 9.7% in 1985 to 4.9 million, RPKs climbed 9.8% to 7.8 billion and FTKs were up 7.3% to 311.7 million.

The year was highlighted by delivery of the first of three Boeing 767-200ERs on order and the inauguration of Auckland-Vancouver and Christchurch-Los Angeles service. This year will see delivery of six 737-200s and the remaining 767s.

Air New Zealand enjoyed a good year financially in its 1985 fiscal year as well, with a 12.7% increase to $574.1 million in operating revenues and a 7.2% rise to $497.8 million in expenses producing an operating income of $76.3 million, up from $45.1 million in 1984. Net income also rose, to $67.2 million from $58. …

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