Ai­rA­sia Q3 load fac­tor rises to 87%

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Ai­rA­sia Bhd’s op­er­at­ing sta­tis­tics for the third quar­ter 2016 (Q3’16) saw the group post a load fac­tor of 87% in Q3’16, up 6 per­cent­age points (ppts) from the same pe­riod last year.

The to­tal num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried in­creased 11% year-on-year to 14.23 mil­lion, well ahead of the 2% in­crease in seat ca­pac­ity. At the end of the quar­ter un­der re­view, the group’s to­tal fleet size stood at 171 air­craft (173 in­clud­ing two air­craft de­liv­ered to Ai­rA­sia Ja­pan, which has yet to be­gin op­er­a­tions).

Malaysia Ai­rA­sia (MAA) achieved a load fac­tor of 89% in Q3’16, a record high and an in­crease of 7ppts year-on-year. Pas­sen­ger num­bers in­creased 5% year-on-year to 6.63 mil­lion while ca­pac­ity was re­duced by 3%.

MAA ended the quar­ter with a fleet of 77 air­craft in­clud­ing two newly de­liv­ered Air­bus A320­neo.

Thai Ai­rA­sia (TAA) posted a load fac­tor of 84% in Q3’16, up 3ppts year-on-year. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried in­creased 21% year-on-year to 4.33 mil­lion, more than the 17% in­crease in ca­pac­ity. Dur­ing the quar­ter, TAA started op­er­at­ing the Hat Yai-Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok-Vi­en­tiane routes and in­creased fre­quen­cies on the Bangkok-Udon Thani route. TAA ended the quar­ter with a fleet size of 49 air­craft.

In­done­sia Ai­rA­sia (IAA) achieved a record load fac­tor of 90% in Q3’16 with a 15ppts in­crease year-on-year. Pas­sen­ger num­bers were 2% higher year-on-year at 1.71 mil­lion while ca­pac­ity was re­duced by 14%. At the end of the quar­ter un­der re­view the fleet size stood at 22 air­craft, in­clud­ing eight air­craft op­er­ated by In­done­sia Ai­rA­sia X.

Philip­pines Ai­rA­sia’s (PAA) load fac­tor stood at 83% in Q3’16, a de­crease of 1ppt yearon-year. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried was at 980,000, up 8% year-on-year. Ca­pac­ity in­creased by 9% year-on-year as fre­quen­cies were added on the Manila-Kal­ibo (Bo­ra­cay) and Manila-Puerto Princessa routes. PAA ended the quar­ter with a fleet of 15 air­craft.

Ai­rA­sia In­dia (AAI) achieved a load fac­tor of 88% in Q3’16, up 12ppts year-on-year. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried in­creased 42% year-on-year to 590,000. Three new routes were in­au­gu­rated dur­ing the quar­ter: Ben­galuru-Guwa­hati; Ben­galuru-Hy­der­abad and Hy­der­abad-Goa. Fre­quen­cies were added on the Ben­galuru-Goa route. AAI had eight air­craft at the end of the quar­ter.

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