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Published on : Monday, November 11, 2013
The total number of passengers carried for the whole group grew by 27% year-on-year to approximately 10.61 million continuing its’ double digit passenger growth, in line with the increase in capacity which stood at 29%.
AirAsia Group took in 32 additional aircraft y-o-y, which brings its total fleet at the end of September 2013 to 137 (142 including aircraft that were still located in Japan).
This is the first time Zest Air figures are consolidated under Philippines’ AirAsia and the group. In addition, following the dissolution of AirAsia Japan, AAJ’s numbers are excluded from the group’s figures.
Malaysia AirAsia maintained a load factor of 77% in Q3 2013 despite being a non-peak quarter due to the fasting month for the Muslims. Compared to last period last year, MAA added additional 7 aircraft part of its capacity management. With its continuous load active and yield passive strategy, MAA reported a passenger increase of 11% y-o-y at 5.3 million matching with the 11% capacity increase. MAA added frequencies on Kuala Lumpur – Kunming, Banda Acheh, Tiruchirappalli, and Pekan Baru and introduced a new unique route this quarter – daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Hangzhou.
Thai AirAsia reports load factor of 83% in Q3 2013
Thai AirAsia continues to record an impressive load factor of 83% in Q3 2013 – 1 ppt increase y-o-y. The number of passengers carried increased by 30% to 2.6 million, ahead of its increase in capacity of 27%, suggesting a huge growth opportunity in the market. During the quarter, TAA increased its frequencies in three routes which were from Bangkok to Chong Qing, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Y-o-y, TAA took in an additional of 6 aircraft (2 aircraft this quarter), bringing its total number of fleet to 31 at the end of September 2013.
Indonesia AirAsia posted a load factor of 75% in Q3 2013 – down 3 ppt y-o-y contributed from a record capacity of 41% y-o-y. The increase of capacity was part of its capacity management targeting the introduction of more international routes and increasing frequencies on key domestic routes. Despite the slight decline in load factor, passenger growth y-o-y was up 36% highlighting IAA’s success in expanding its offline distribution channel and gaining more market domestic share. Five new routes that was introduced are: Bali – Darwin, Bali – Kota Kinabalu, Medan – Singapore, Surabaya -Singapore, Makassar – Singapore. In addition to that, IAA increased its frequencies in two routes: Medan – Jakarta, Jakarta – Jogyakarta. At the end of the quarter, IAA has a total of 26 aircraft, an additional of 7 aircraft y-o-y (2 were added this quarter).
The operating statistics for Philippines’ AirAsia for this quarter moving forward is a consolidation of PAA’s and Zest Air’s statistics and also the launch of a unified brand of AirAsia Zest which will bring stronger brand awareness. In Q3 2013, PAA reported a 4 ppts y-o-y increase in its load factor to 59%. Total number of passenger carried was 0.73 million – up 525% y-o-y, with a capacity increase of 483% y-o-y. The increase in PAA’s operating numbers was due to the focus on Manila slots. PAA has increased its frequencies in five of its Manila routes and one in its Clark route: Manila – Shanghai, Cebu, Kalibo, Bacolod, Tacloban and Clark – Hong Kong. At the end of the period, PAA has a total of 14 aircraft which is an increase of 12 aircraft y-o-y. Moving forward, the hub in Clark will cease operations and will be moved to Manila.