Air Transport World

Asia-Pacific. (World Airline Report 1986)


Air Caledonie: Traffic turned upward in 1986 at Air Caledonie after the decline of 1985, with passenger boardings jumping 11% to 145,000 and RPKs climbing 13.8% to 23.9 million. Air Caledonie flies an ATR 42 and three de Havilland Twin Otters and has another ATR 42 on order.

Airlanka: Traffic fell sharply at Airlanka in 1986. Passenger boardings were down 12.5% to 611,434, RPKs dropped 15.8% to 2.1 billion and freight declined 20.1% to 52.5 million FTKs.

Air New Zealand: Outstanding traffic growth continued in 1986 at New Zealand's flag carrier, with passenger boardings climbing 9.3% to 5,382,235, RPKs jumping 11.6% to 8.7 billion and FTKs rising 4.1% to 324.5 million.

In its 1986 fiscal year, Air New Zealand posted record net profits of $89 million, up from $64.1 million the previous year. Revenues were up 11.5% to $611.2 million, but expenses rose at a faster 18% clip to reduce operating income to $50.4 million from $72.8 million.

Air Pacific: Thanks to a route and staff restructuring engineered by a management team from Qantas, Fiji's national carrier is anticipating a return to operating profits in its 1987 fiscal year (ATW, 4/87). Its 1986 financial year ended with an operating loss of $100,000 on revenues of $43.9 million. Revenues were down 6.6% from the previous year, largely as the result of currency devaluations in New Zealand and Australia.

Dropping of a number of unprofitable routes produced declines of 4.4% to 271,439 in passengers and 12.8% to 470.8 million in RPKs. A major turnaround is forecast this year, with Air Pacific expecting increases of 15.3% in passengers and nearly 50% in RPKs.

Air Pacific is flying a varied fleet of one Boeing 747-200, one 737-200, two ATR 42s, two Embraer Bandeirantes and a de Havilland Twin Otter. It has two more ATR 42s on order.

All Nippon: The Japanese carrier's domestic traffic remained flat in 1986 as it posted increases of 1% to 24.5 million in passenger boardings, 2% to 19.4 billion in RPKs and 7% to 230.8 million in FTKs. The carrier launched international service for the first time in 1986.

Ansett-Australia: Healthy passenger traffic growth continued at the Australian carrier last year. …

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