Air Transport World

Europe. (World Airline Report 1989)

Aberdeen: The Scottish carrier, which flew an estimated 24,000 passengers last year in its three Gulfstream 1 turboprops, replaced the G-1s on its scheduled routes with two leased BAe 748s at the end of last year.

Adria: The Yugoslav carrier's traffic continued to fall in 1989. Passenger boardings were down 14.7% to 1,204,966, RPKs were off 12.2% to 1.3 billion and FTKs plunged 29.1% to 868,000. However, with the advent of A320s, Adria is expecting a major turnaround this year, forecasting growth of 35% in passenger traffic and 41% in freight. It received the first of five A320s last year and also flies five MD-81/82s, three DC-9s and two Dash 7s.

In its most recent financial year, Adria posted an operating profit of $34 million and a net of $1.8 million on revenues of $123.3 million.

Aer Lingus: Another outstanding year was put into the books of Ireland's flag carrier in 1989.

On the traffic side, Aer Lingus posted impressive increases of 21% to 4,037,956 in passenger boardings, 19% to 4.6 billion in RPKs and 15% to 118.6 million in FTKs.

In its 1989 fiscal year, Aer Lingus Group netted $57.8 million, up from $52.9 million the previous year, on a 17% rise in revenues to $846 million. Operating profit was $64.4 million.

Aeroflot: Despite the fact that it turned away almost 18 million potential passengers in 1989, the world's largest airline continued to get bigger, reporting to ATW that it flew 132,051,000 passengers, up 5.6%, and 229 billion RPKs, up 6.6%, during the year. Freight, however, dipped 0.2% to 2.76 billion FTKs. As has been the case for some years, international traffic grew at a faster pace than did domestic, with international passenger boardings rising 13% to 4,308,000.

A major modernization of the aviation infrastructure in the U.S.S.R. is under way to cope with capacity problems. Aeroflot also is cutting loose several of its local divisions as independent state-owned airlines, attempting to develop new cooperative links like that in place with Pan Am and turning to the West for needed airplanes. In late January, it signed an agreement with Airbus to lease five A310s, to be delivered between November, 1991 and June, 1992. However, for needed capacity, it is counting primarily on the 300-passenger II96, which is slated to enter service in 1992.

Aero-Lloyd: Through the first nine months of 1989, the latest period for which figures were available, the German carrier flew 44,149 passengers and 29.4 million RPKs, according to data filed with ICAO.

Aerotaxi Sud: The Italian air-taxi operator has ordered two BAe 146--300s with which it plans to launch IT services in 1993. It also expects to explore scheduled-service opportunities.

Aigle Azur: The French third-level carrier, which flies a Bandeirante and several King Air 200s on regional routes, added a Saab 340 to its fleet early this year. Its 1989 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Atlantis: Although it did not grow as much as forecast in 1989, the Portuguese carrier still put a good year into the books, posting increases of 12.9% to 551,338 in passengers and 9.2% to 996.7 million in RPKs. This year's forecast is for growth of 8.8% in passengers and 9.3% in RPKs.

Last year's highlights included establishment of a catering firm and acquisition of shareholdings in three tour operators in Portugal.

Financial results for 1989 were not available at this writing. In 1988, Air Atlantis took in revenues of $59.3 million and posted an operating income of $3.6 million and a net of $2.5 million.

Air Bremen: The West German regional initiated service in the spring of 1989 and by year end had carried more than 25,000 passengers on routes to Paris, Vienna and London in four Saab 340s.

Air Bridge: Through the first eight months of 1989, the British cargo carrier reported to ICAO that it flew just under 13 million FTKs, down 13.9% from the 1988 period.

Air Dolomiti: The new Trento-based Italian regional plans a September service launch with the first of three Dash 8-100s it ordered last fall. Initial routes will be within Italy and possibly to Germany.

Air Dundee: The new Scottish regional was hoping to initiate scheduled service this spring with a fleet of Jetstream 31s or Beech 1900Ds.

Air Engiadina: The Swiss regional, which was flying a Jetstream 31 on routes from Zurich to St. Moritz and Eindhoven, halted its scheduled services at the end of January and has been acquired by a new group of Swiss investors. At this writing, it was hoping to resume operations.

Air Europa: The Spanish charter carrier enjoyed another excellent year in 1989 as it opened new routes to Cancun and the Dominican Republic, boosted its New York frequencies to four from one and established alliances in Scandinavia, Germany and Italy with Airlines of Europe. This year, it will launch service to Bangkok and enter the scheduled market.

The new routes boosted RPKs 36.3% to 4.26 billion last year, while passenger boardings rose 17.2% to 2,288,592. This year, Air Europa expects growth of 12.8% in boardings and 26% in RPKs.

The carrier wound up its 1989 fiscal year with an operating income of $17.9 million and a net of $1.5 million on a 73% rise to $176.5 million in revenues. The figures compared with an operating profit of $12.1 million and a net of $4.6 million in fiscal 1988. Air Europa flies four 757-200s and seven 737-300s and has eight more 757s on order.

Air Europe: The British carrier (ATW, 4/90), which operates both scheduled and charter services, chalked up gains of 30.9% in passenger boardings last year to 3,537,734, 45.7% in RPKs to 6.8 billion and 42.5% in FTKs to 535 million. Lesser growth of 18.8% in passengers, 15.7% in RPKs and 14.9% in FTKs is foreseen this year.

Highlights of 1989 included arrival of the first four of an order of 15 Fokker 100s and opening of seven new routes--Gatwick to Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Rome, Malta and Dusseldorf, and Manchester to Malta. Air Europe claims to operate "mor scheduled flights per week than have ever been offered by a single airline at Gatwick."

In addition to the Fokker 100s, the carrier flies four 757-200s, five 737-300s and five 737-400s. Its order book includes 20 757-200s, eight 737-400s, six MD-11s plus 12 options and 11 Fokker 100s plus 11 options.

Air Europe is part of the International Leisure Group and its sister carriers include Air Europe Scandinavia, NFD, Air Europe Spa and Air Europa. ILG reported revenues of $1.16 billion and an operating profit of $56.8 million in 1989.

Air Europe Express: Its acquisition of Guernsey Airlines helped the British third-level carrier to chalk up noteworthy traffic and revenue gains in 1989. Passenger boardings soared 98.1% to 212,100, RPKs reached 39.9 million and revenues were up 53.8% to $20 million. This year, the carrier foresees much lesser traffic growth of 25.5% in passengers and 28.4% in RPKs. It flies seven Shorts 360s.

Air Europe Scandinavia: The former Norway Airlines is now part of the Airlines of Europe group and has been renamed Air Europe Scandinavia. It flies two 737-300s. Its separate 1989 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Europe Spa: Launched in December as part of the Airlines of Europe group, the new Italian carrier is flying one 757-200 at present.

Air Exel Belgium: The new regional was unable to start service in October as planned but expects to be up and flying in time for the 1990 summer season. It will begin its operations with one Brasilia.

Air Exel France: Operating three Brasilias, the regional flies from Paris to Liege, from Lyon to Liege and Luxembourg, and from Lille to Milan and Geneva. Its 1989 traffic results could not be obtained at this writing.

Air Exel UK: This member of the Air Exel consortium will launch scheduled service to Paris this month and to Brussels and Edinburgh in September. It flew 3,500 passengers in 1989 and anticipates boarding 50,000 this year. It operates two Brasilias and a King Air 200.

Air Foyle: The British third-level carrier, which flies two BAe 146QTs in cargo service for TNT, is seeking authority to initiate scheduled passenger service on a number of domestic and international routes out of Southampton beginning late this summer. It is looking at BAe 146s and Saab 340s for its passenger operations.

Air France: Once again, the French flag carrier posted impressive traffic results in 1989. Passenger boardings were up 8.7% to 16,095,027, RPKs climbed 6.8% to 36.8 billion and FTKs rose 3.8% to 3.28 billion.

Net earnings, however fell to $148 million from $203 million and the carrier said that its results were adversely affected by start-up costs associated with EuroBerlin, the new carrier established jointly by Air France and Lufthansa.

Early this year, Air France acquired a majority interest in independent UTA, a move that also will give it majority control of Air Inter, in which it and UTA share ownership. Air France Chairman Bernard Attali said that the separate identities of each company will be maintained "while assuring the most efficient synergy between them."

Air Holland: Service was launched to Mombasa in alliance with Kenya Airways last November and this year, Colombo and Maldives will be added to the route network as the Dutch carrier adds 757-200s Nos. 5 and 6 to its fleet.

Air Holland flew 500,000 passengers in its 1989 fiscal year, up 21% from the previous year, and posted an operating income of $8 million and a net of $5 million on a 36.6% rise to $55 million in revenues. In fiscal 1988, both operating a net figures were $2 million.

Air Hudik: The Swedish third-level carrier is evaluating new-generation 50-seat turboprops to replace its two Shorts 360s in anticipating of deregulation in Sweden in 1991.

Air Inter: New routes to Lisbon and Venice helped to boost the French carrier's traffic and revenues last year. This year, control of Air Inter may pass to Air France if the latter succeeds in its plans to acquire UTA. Currently, Air Inter is owned jointly by the two French long-haul lines.

In 1989, Air Inter posted gains of 14.1% to 15,688,394 in passengers, 14.7% to 8.6 billion in RPKs and 14.6% to 31.4 million in FTKS. It expects its boardings to grow by 7.7% this year.

Revenues rose 9.2% to $1.28 billion and after-tax profit increased to $27.9 million from $26.2 million.

Air Liberte: The French charter carrrier flew 527,600 passengers and 934 million RPKs in 1989. …

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