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AirAsia X yield and load factor pressures make 2Q2009 the most challenging quarter yet


AirAsia X stated that while 2Q2009 was the most difficult period yet for the low-cost long-haul carrier, with high pressure on yields and load factors. Encouragingly, volumes have picked up again in 3Q2009. [1767 words]

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  • Margins are “thin” but unit costs remain low
  • Strong revenue growth ahead – ancillaries and cargo a key
  • No additional capital required
  • Traffic to continue to surge, as network expansion continues
  • Core focus currently in the Asia Pacific
  • Connectivity key to the low cost long-haul model
  • Conclusion: Big expansion agenda

Graphs and data:

  • AirAsia X financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-2009
  • AirAsia X: Unit cost trend (US cents / ASK)
  • AirAsia Group Strategy
  • AirAsia X planned network expansion
  • Air Asia and AirAsia X (in red) Route Network: Mar-2009
  • AirAsia X sector length breakdown (frequency of city pairs by sector length (km)): Oct-2009
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