Air Transport World

Asia/Pacific, Part 1

21.20% of world passengers

22.59% of world RPKs

30.53% of world FTKs

Aero Bengal: The privately owned Bangladesh airline began flying when domestic service was opened to competition in 1995. Its 1997 traffic results could not be obtained.

Aeropelican: The Ansett subsidiary flies four Twin Otters between its Newcastle base and Sydney. It carried 85,034 passengers in the year ended June 30, 1997, up 1.7% from the previous year.

Air China: Mixed traffic results marked 1997 at China's flag carrier. It reported to ICAO that passenger boardings dipped 2.2% to 6,533,932 but RPKs increased 1.3% to 14.2 billion and FTKs surged 20.6% to 925.9 million,

This spring, Air China entered into alliances with Northwest, Continental, America West and Alaska Airlines. The agreements will include code sharing when governmental approvals are received.

Air Facilities: Flying three Navajos and a Cessna 310, this carrier operates from an Albury base to Canberra and Traralgon. Its 1997 traffic results were not available.

Air Hong Kong: Traffic continued to soar at the Hong Kong-based cargo carrier last year, as FTKs surged 37.7% to 769.2 million. Lesser growth of 9.1% is forecast this year. Air Hong Kong flies three 747-200 freighters.

Air India: Passenger traffic turned up at Air India last year, but it continued to battle against the spread of red ink across its balance sheet (ATW, 3/98). It was projecting a loss of $78.4 million for the year ended March 31, down slightly from a loss of $83.6 million in the previous year. The fiscal 1998 result excludes a gain of $19.7 million on the sale of two 747-200s.

The carrier told ICAO that boardings were up 6.1% in 1997, to 3,046,687, RPKs rose 3.6% to 12 billion and FTKs dropped 11.9% to 392.3 million.

Air Lanka: Sri Lanka's national carrier was partially privatized this spring, when Emirates acquired a 40% stake for $70 million. The deal will enable Air Lanka to begin a $500 million fleet-modernization program that includes purchase of six A330s, officials said. Emirates will manage the carrier for 10 years and will provide ground-handling and catering.

Air Lanka enjoyed healthy traffic results last year. Passenger boardings rose 4.8% to 1,239,613, RPKs advanced 10.9% to 4.3 billion and FTKs were ahead 9.6% to 174.2 million.

Airlink: The Perth-based Qantas feeder flies 12 BAe 146s to 16 destinations throughout Australia. …

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