KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 – In 2Q17, the Group reported a solid load factor of 88%, up by 3 percentage points from the same quarter last year. The total number of passengers carried increased 14% year-on-year to 15.81 million, more than the 11% increase in capacity. At the end of the quarter under review, the Group’s total fleet size stood at 178 aircraft (180 including two aircraft delivered to AirAsia Japan but yet to commence operation).
AirAsia Berhad Consolidated AOCs achieved a load factor of 89%, up by 2 percentage points from the same period last year. Strong demand for air travel helped the number of passengers carried increase 10% year-on-year to 9.61 million, more than the 8% increase in capacity.
AirAsia Berhad Consolidated AOCs ended the quarter with a fleet size of 106 aircraft, comprised of 77 aircraft registered in Malaysia (AirAsia Berhad), 14 in Indonesia (PT Indonesia AirAsia) and 15 in the Philippines (Philippines AirAsia Inc). Malaysia commenced operations of five new routes originating from: Johor Bahru–3; Kuala Lumpur–1; Kuching–1.
Philippines commenced operations of seven new routes originating from: Cebu–3; Clark–1; Davao–2; Manila–1. Malaysia increased frequencies on 10 routes originating from: Kuala Lumpur–9; Penang–1. Indonesia increased frequencies on three routes originating from: Bali–2; Jakarta–1.
Philippines increased frequencies on two routes originating from: Kalibo (Boracay)–1; Manila–1. Thai AirAsia (“TAA”) reported a load factor of 86%, up by 3 percentage points year-on-year. The number of passengers carried during the quarter was 4.69 million, an increase of 13% year-on-year, which was higher than the 9% growth in seat capacity.
TAA took an additional aircraft during the quarter and compared with the same period last year added 5 aircraft, thus ending the quarter with a total of 54 aircraft. TAA commenced operations of two new routes originating from: Bangkok (Don Mueang)–1; Chiang Mai–1.
Frequencies were increased on seven routes originating from: Bangkok (Don Mueang)–4; Chiang Mai–1, Hat Yai–1; Pattaya–1. AirAsia India (“AAI”) reported load factor of 90%, up by 3 percentage points year-on-year. The number of passengers carried increased 89% year-on-year to 1.01 million, more than the 83% increase in capacity.
Therefore, AAI had also ended 2Q17 with a fleet size of 10 aircraft after adding one aircraft during the quarter. AAI commenced operations of two new routes originating from: Kolkata–1; New Delhi–1. Frequencies were increased on two routes originating from Bengaluru.