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Air Arabia profitable but yields under pressure


Air Arabia reported a 10.0% increase in net profitability and a 10.5% increase in operating profit in the three months ended Jun-2009, despite a 6% revenue reduction, and stated it expects to report “positive results” for the full year, assisted by fuel hedging, lower unit costs, world-leading fleet utilisation rates and high load factors. [1197 words]

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  • Passenger growth strong but swine flu impact apparent 
  • Strong business pax growth expected
  • Expansion still the word
  • Air Arabia Maroc takes off
  • Leader in operational efficiency
  • Revenue and cost per pax decline
  • Outlook: Expects “positive results” for 2009, but challenges exist

Graphs and data:

  • Air Arabia financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-09 
  • Air Arabia financial highlights for six months ended 30-Jun-09 
  • AirArabia passenger numbers (000s) and load factor (%): 2004 to 1H2009 
  • AirArabia passenger numbers (000s) and load factor (%): Jul-2008 to Jun-2009
  • Fleet size and destination growth: 2004 to 1H2009
  • Aircraft utilisation in the A320 Family (AirArabia = ABY in upper right corner of graph)
  • Air Arabia cost per passenger, cost per passenger excluding fuel and revenue per passenger: Three months ended 30-Jun-09
  • Operating costs as a percentage of revenue: 2004 to 1H2009
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