Air Transport World

Asia/Pacific.(airlines)(Statistical Data Included)

20.76% of world passengers

21.83% of world RPKs

31.51% of world FTKs

Aeropelican: Feeding Ansett at Sydney with a fleet of four Twin Otters, the Belmont-based carrier flew 87,915 passengers in the year ended June 30, 1998, an increase of 3.5% over the 1997 period.

Air Asia: The Malaysian carrier's bid to operate international flights from close-in Abdul Aziz Airport in Kuala Lumpur has been turned down by the government because of the potential impact on Malaysia Airlines, which flies from distant Kuala Lumpur International. As a result, Air Asia, which launched service in late 1997, is using its two 737-300s only on domestic routes.

Air Do: The Japanese low-fare startup initiated service Dec. 19, flying between Tokyo and Sapporo with a single 767-300ER. It planned to add a second 767 to its fleet earlier this year and to expand its route network to Osaka. By the March 31 end of its financial year it had posted an operating loss of $5 million on revenues of $16.7 million.

Air Facilities: The Albury-based carrier tiles two Navajos and a Cessna 310 between Albury and Canberra.

Air Hong Kong: Despite the economic troubles in Asia, the Cathay Pacific affiliate was able to boost its FTKs by 8.5% last year and is looking for a further increase of 5.1% in traffic this year. It flies three 747-200 freighters.

Air India: The state-owned carrier continues to struggle financially (ATW, 4/99) and this year is dropping a number of unprofitable routes. It was anticipating a loss of $50 million in the year ended March 31, down from $80 million in the previous year.

Its traffic continued to grow in 1998, however. It told ICAO that passenger boardings were up 3%, RPKs were ahead 3.2% and FTKs advanced 1.2%:

Air Lanka: Sri Lanka's national carrier will launch a phased expansion program this year with delivery of the first of six A330s on order. The new Airbuses will replace four L-1011s. Air Lanka also flies three A340s and two A320s. Service will he launched to Stockholm and Sydney at year end.

Traffic declined in 1998 and the carrier blamed the Asian downturn and continuing political unrest in Sri Lanka. Better times are foreseen this year. Boardings in 1998 dipped 2%, RPKs declined 2.6% and FTKs were down 10,2%. The 1999 outlook is for growth of 2 1.1% in passengers, 22.7% in RPKs and 23.6% in FTKs.

Airlines of South Australia: Formed by the merger of Augusta Airways and Air Lincoln, the new carrier launched service in January 1998 and had flown 37,853 passengers by the end of the financial year on June 30. Its fleet comprises two Bandeirantes, three Navajos and a Commander 500. It is based in Fort Augusta.

Airlink: The Qantas feeder is now serving 17 Australian communities with a fleet of 12 BAe 146s and an RJ7O. The RJ70 entered the fleet last year and is shared with Norfolk Jet Express.

Air Link: The Dubbo-based carrier feeds fellow Regional Hazelton with a fleet of four Navajos and four Cessna 310s.

Air Mandalay: The Myanmar carrier, which flies ATR 72s to domestic points and Chaing Mai in Thailand, is the object of a possible takeover by Taiwan's IN.

Air Nelson: The New Zealand third-level carrier reports that it continues to fly 13 Saab 340As and six Metro IIIs.

Air New Zealand: Its March entry into the Star Alliance and replacement of its hushkitted 737-200s with 737-300s highlighted the past year at ANZ. At this writing it was debating whether to exercise its right to buy the 50% of Ansett Australia that it does not now own.

ANZ was hopeful of surpassing its FY98 earnings in the year that ended June 30. In the six months to Dec. 31 its net income was up 1% to $44.3 million and revenue was ahead 6.1% to $855 million. Reduction in capacity to Asia cut its passenger total in the period by 13.5% and RPKs by 2.5%.

In the year ended June 30, 1998, ANZ posted a net of $78.3 million, down from $81 million. Boardings were up a slim 0.5% but RPKs dipped 3.3%. FTKs jumped 6.9%.

AirNorth Regional: Acquisition of Arnhem Air and addition of a Cessna Caravan to its fleet highlighted 1998 at the Ansett partner. It also flies a Brasilia, two Metro 23s and seven Cessna 402s.

Air Pacific: Restructuring and expansion marked 1998 at the Fijian carrier as it entered a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines (ATW, 2/99). A 30.4% increase in revenues to $186.9 million in the year ended March 31 produced a record pre-tax profit of $14.4 million and a net of $6.7 million, up from $4.2 million in the previous year.

Air Pacific took delivery of a 737-700 in September and leased a second 747-200 from Qantas at year end. In 1999 it will add two 737-800s to its fleet. It also is adopting a new livery. A fourth weekly Nadi-Los Angeles frequency was added last fall and Suva-Sydney and Auckland-Honolulu services were introduced.

The carrier is looking for growth of 21% in passengers and 40. …

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