Jet Airways loss narrows to Rs 217 cr in Q1

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 12 2014, 01:44am hrs
Jet AirwaysOur first priority in this three-year turnaround strategy, which includes both financial and operational restructuring: Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal
The second largest airline Jet Airways today reported a standalone net loss of Rs 217.65 crore for the quarter to June, down 39 per cent from the year-ago period.

Revenue rose 17 per cent to Rs 4,685.64 crore in the reporting period, while total passenger revenue rose 11.1 per cent to Rs 4,262.6 crore, the airline said in a statement to the exchanges.

Codeshare pushed overall traffic by 157 per cent to 1,18,253 during the reporting period primarily driven by the strength of Etihad Airways' alliance.

International operating results improved 86 per cent, and is profitable, the Naresh Goyal promoted airline said, adding that the seat factor rose 2.3 percentage points to 80.2 per cent, pushing up its yield 1.8 per cent.

The airline termed the numbers as "strongly improved performance" and attributed the same to "the result of the three-year turnaround strategy and the partnership with Etihad started to impact the business positively."

Total number of revenue passengers who travelled with Jet Airways increased 4.3 per cent to 5.19 million from 4.98 million, with passenger load factor increasing by 2.3 percentage points from 77.9 to 80.2 as the airline gained new customers.

Overall RASK (revenue per available seat km) rose 6.4 per cent to Rs 4.68 from Rs 4.40, while domestic RASK rose 7.4 per cent to Rs 5.53 from Rs 5.15, and international RASK rose 8.2 per cent to Rs 4.18 from Rs 3.86.

International operations results improved 86 per cent underpinned by a surge of 157 per cent in codeshare traffic, which grew to 1,18,253 passengers in the first quarter.

This is expected to increase further as the full extent of the codeshare expansion with Etihad and Air France, which were activated only halfway through the quarter, take effect and Jet Airways' planned international network expands and more codeshares come online, the airline said.

Chairman Naresh Goyal said the airline is taking stringent measures to operate in an industry which continues to face tough challenges, and while there are no short-term solutions.

Jet Airways reports $35 mn loss in Q1

(Reuters) Jet Airways Ltd, India's no. 2 airline by market share, said on Monday it lost 2.18 billion rupees ($35.6 million) during the three months to end-June, less than a year earlier after its revenues rose and financing costs fell.

The airline, 24 percent owned by Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, has now reported six straight quarters of losses, as it grapples with high costs, low fares and fierce competition in its home market.

Last year Jet reported a 3.55-billion-rupee loss for its first quarter.

Despite fast-growing demand for air travel, all but one of India's largest four airlines are losing cash.

Jet Airways, which has not reported an annual profit since 2007, is betting on cost cuts and the launch of more international routes to return it to profitability by 2017. (1 US dollar = 61.1700 Indian rupee)

Jet Airways Q1 results show improvement

(Company Handout) Q1 results provide confidence that Jet Airways business on track to meet its three-year profitability target

Highlights:

Losses cut by INR M 904 or 26 per cent to INR M 2,580 in Q1 FY15 from INR M 3,485 in Q114

. Total Jet Group combined revenue up by INR M 5,708 or 12.8 per cent to INR M 50,401 in Q1 FY15 from INR M 44,693 in Q1 FY14

. Total passenger revenue up by INR M 4,271 or 11.1 per cent to INR M 42,626 in Q1 FY15 versus INR M 38,355 in Q1 FY14

. Codeshare traffic surges by 157 per cent from 45,971 passengers carried in Q1 FY14 to 118,253 in Q1 FY15, primarily driven by the strength of Etihad Airways alliance

. International operating results improved by 86 per cent, and is profitable

. Seat factor up 2.3 percentage points to 80.2 per cent in Q1 FY15 from 77.9 per cent in Q1 FY14

. Yield up 1.8 per cent

Cargo revenue up INR M 336 or 10.2 per cent to INR M 3,633 IN Q1 FY15 versus INR M 3,297 in Q1 FY14

Jet Airways Group today reported strongly improved performance for the first quarter ending 30 June 2014, as its three year turnaround strategy and the partnership with new minority shareholder Etihad Airways started to impact the business positively.

Compared to the same quarter of the previous financial year; Jet Airways financial performance improved by INR M 904 or 26 per cent. The net loss before taxes is INR M 2,580 compared to a net loss of INR M 3,485.

Total revenue (combined) for the first quarter FY15 increased by 12.8 per cent to INR M 50,401 from INR M 44,693. Passenger revenues for Q1 FY15 rose by 11.1 per cent to INR M 42,626 from INR M 38,355, and cargo revenue by 10.2 per cent to INR M 3,633 from INR M 3,297, compared to the first quarter last year. Yield was up by a strong 1.8 per cent, as the business plan to reshape the airline, and the benefits of the partnership with Etihad Airways, took hold.

The total number of revenue passengers who travelled with Jet Airways increased by 4.3 per cent to 5.19 million from 4.98 million, with passenger load factor increasing by 2.3 percentage points from 77.9 to 80.2 as the airline gained new customers.

Overall RASK (revenue per available seat kilometre) in Q1 FY15 increased by 6.4 per cent to INR 4.68 from INR 4.40. While domestic RASK rose by 7.4 per cent to INR 5.53 from INR 5.15, international RASK increased by 8.2 per cent to 4.18 from 3.86, reflecting the strengthening of the international operations of the airline.

The cargo performance provides further critical proof of the turnaround at Jet Airways. The 10.2 per cent increase from INR M 3,297 to INR M 3,633 in cargo revenues was driven largely by the new commercial collaboration, which includes a common suite of products, shared freighter operations and procurement.

The economies of scale and cost saving opportunities offered by the airlines equity partnership with Etihad Airways through shared resources and facilities, and collaborative procurement has also been responsible for significant savings. In a prime example, Jet Airways has renegotiated maintenance contracts which have resulted in savings of about INR M 2,700 for the current year. All the aircraft of the airline are now effectively deployed.

International operations results improved by 86 per cent underpinned by a surge of 157 per cent in codeshare traffic, which grew to 118,253 passengers in the first quarter. This is expected to increase further as the full extent of the codeshare expansion with Etihad Airways and Air France, which were activated only halfway through the quarter, take effect and Jet Airways planned international network expands and more codeshares come online.

Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, said: We are taking stringent measures to operate in an industry which continues to face tough challenges, and while there are no short-term solutions, I am very pleased with the demonstrable progress we have made in several areas.

Our first priority in this three-year turnaround strategy, which includes both financial and operational restructuring, has been to establish a more solid financial foundation for this airline, and in this regard, the company has already taken a series of measures to retire high cost debt and reduce borrowing costs.

Goyal said that the strategic alliance with Etihad Airways had been pivotal in putting in place a new business strategy, the benefits of which are now being seen.

Significant progress has already been made in operational restructuring initiatives with changes to the network and fleet resulting in profitability for the international route network.

Jet Airways intends to build on this success and will launch 12 new international flights by the end of the year. These destinations include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. The airline also has long term plans for non-stop operations to Europe and China using the most advanced and efficient wide-body aircraft. The organic network expansion coupled with enhanced global connectivity through codeshares is expected to increase international passenger traffic significantly.

Also Jet Airways will dry-lease one of its Boeing 777-300ER to Etihad Airways to operate a new daily service to New Delhi and San Francisco from Abu Dhabi starting on 18 November 2014.

Travellers from India are able to clear US Customs and Immigration in Abu Dhabi allowing them to arrive in America as domestic passengers, thereby avoiding airport congestion and saving time.

Jet Airways home hubs of Delhi and Mumbai continue to develop and are playing an integral and increasing role as connecting points in the airlines expanding network. Importantly, over 45 per cent of the airlines international traffic to and from these hubs connects from its domestic network and other international destinations.

Complementing this development, Jet Airways will expand operations to Abu Dhabi progressively, connecting more points in India directly with international flights. In its own right, Jet Airways will also operate flights beyond Abu Dhabi, offering Indian passengers improved connections and more choice to North America and additional points in the Middle East. Integration with the Etihad Airways expanding network provides seamless connection to destinations in Africa, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the domestic market remains challenging in the face of increasing competition. In order to address this, and restore profitability to this part of the business, the airline will enhance its domestic product offering, including improving connectivity within India and to and from international services, along with the expansion of codeshare partnerships.

In cargo, the strategic alliance has also seen Jet Airways be part of Etihad Airways global key account programs, enabling increased engagement with the largest global forwarders, broadening distribution and elevating Jets profile.

Jet Airways and Etihad Airways now operate shared freighter operations, with capacity sharing on the Hong Kong to Delhi route and on the recently launched route between Mumbai and Noi Bai in Hanoi. Joint procurement in cargo handling has already generated considerable savings amounting to more than INR M 21 per year.