ANA narrows net loss and reports operating profit in June quarter; seeking LCC partners

All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported a narrowed net loss and an operating profit in the three months ended Jun-2010 (1QFY2010), as it benefited from an uptick in international business and tourism travel.

ANA Executive VP Finance, Tomohiro Hidema, commented: “ANA was successful in capturing business and leisure traffic demand, which has gradually recovered on both domestic and international routes, thus operating revenue exceeding results for the same period in the previous year. We have also worked to hold down costs, matching supply and demand, and reign in operating costs, as well as reducing sales and labour expenses.”

ANA Group financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-2010

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ANA reported a net loss of USD60 million in the quarter, a sharp improvement from a net loss of USD570 million in the previous corresponding period, with an operating profit of USD33 million (compared to a loss of USD489 million in the previous corresponding period). This resulted in an operating profit margin of 0.9% and a net loss margin of -1.7%.

ANA operating profit margin and net profit margin: 1QFY09/10 vs 1QFY10/11

Revenue increased 14% to USD3.5 billion in the Jun-2010 quarter, while operating costs decreased 3%, with domestic air transportation revenues increasing 3.5% and international air transport revenues increasing by 46.2% in the period (to USD1.7 billion and USD740 million, respectively).

ANA working to capture domestic business demand; seeing “market recovery” in international demand, led by “increased” business demand

Domestically, ANA commented that, amidst a gradual economic recovery, it “worked to capture business demand”, stimulating latent demand by expanding its Super Tabi-wari fares and establishing new transit discount fares. It also continued its effort to match supply and demand, implementing seasonal flights and upsizing its aircraft to meet higher demand during peak Golden Week and weekend periods.

As a result, domestic passenger numbers for the three month period increased 6% in the quarter, to 9.6 million, despite a 4.9% capacity (ASKs) reduction), resulting in a 6.2 ppt load factor improvement to 61.7%. ANA has also worked to strengthen competitiveness by enhancing services for its ANA Mileage Club members, including the start of its ANA Card Family Miles program, and introduction of a new ANA Mileage Club mobile membership.

ANA pax growth, ASK growth, RPK growth and yield growth: 1QFY10/11

ANA passenger load factor: 1QFY09/10 vs 1QFY10/11

Despite the temporary impact of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and riots by demonstrators in Thailand, the carrier stated it has witnessed a “marked recovery” in international demand, led by increased business demand. ANA added that by flexibly expanding supply on routes where demand was forecasted, it achieved significantly higher international passenger numbers in the period, with passenger numbers increasing 26% in the period to 1.2 million, despite a 0.2% capacity (ASKs) reduction. (The improved international figures follows on from a difficult period in 2009 stemming from the swine flu influenza).

Other initiatives such as introduction of new “Inspiration of Japan” products and services, and implementation of promotional campaign to encourage Chinese leisure traveler to Japan, all contributed to ANA’s competitiveness in the market.

ANA to operate five international routes from Tokyo Haneda

In late Jun-2010, ANA confirmed plans to inaugurate five international routes connecting Tokyo Haneda Airport with Los Angeles, Honolulu, Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei (Songshan). This initiative ties in with the resumption of long-haul international scheduled operations from Haneda from 31-Oct-2010. ANA also plans to expand the current charter services from Haneda (to Seoul Gimpo, Beijing, Shanghai Hongqiao and Hong Kong).

The new runway will enable the carrier to operate late-night/early-morning services to Europe, the US and Southeast Asia. At present, international operations at the airport are limited to charter flights to East Asia, with ANA and Japan Airlines operating charter services to Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The carrier, from Sep-2010, will operate to nine international destinations from Tokyo Haneda.

ANA President and CEO, Shinichiro Ito, commented: “We have long been waiting to operate international scheduled flights from Haneda Airport and we are extremely pleased with the news....Customers will find international flights to and from Haneda increasingly convenient, as this airport is easy to access from downtown Tokyo and offers fast connections to Haneda’s domestic network. These new services, combined with our existing flights to and from Narita Airport”.

ANA submits antitrust application for cooperation with United and Continental

Also in Jun-2010, ANA applied – with Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Continental Airlines – for antitrust immunity on Japan-USA routes with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan. The carriers filed the request under an open skies agreement reached in Dec-2009 between Japan and the US. In Dec-2009, the three carriers filed a request for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation for enhanced cooperation between North America and Asia.

International freight revenue and volume soar; domestic freight weaker

ANA added that with reduced freight capacity (due to downsizing of aircraft) and the effects of “sluggish” demand for perishable cargo and home delivery parcel services, domestic cargo volumes declined 5.1% to 103,000 tons in the three month period.

However international cargo volumes rose 52.3% with growth in Chinese domestic market demand driven by the implementation of economic stimulus measures, as well as rise in shipment demand of plasma display and semiconductor related materials in Taipei and Seoul. Transport saw positive growth, primarily on Asian routes, and volumes in the period increased significantly versus last year.

As a result, revenue from international cargo routes was higher compared to the previous year (up 94.5% to USD230.9 million), while domestic cargo revenue declined 1.0% (to USD86.6 million).

First B787 to go to ANA; 15 MRJ 90s order

In fleet news, Boeing CEO, Jim McNerney, last month stated it is confident the first B787 will be delivered before the end of 2010 deadline, although Boeing issued caution to ANA, its launch customer, that delivery could be delayed until the first weeks of 2011. 

Meanwhile, ANA and Honeywell signed a ten-year integrated service agreement for support of ANA’s 50 B787 aircraft, due for delivery by 2016. Honeywell will provide access to spares, logistics and repair services for its equipment installed on the aircraft. ANA is expected to receive its first B787 in Dec-2010 or Jan-2011. 

The carrier, in Jun-2010, also confirmed plans to acquire 15 Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp MRJ 90 regional jets (priced at USD760 million according to the catalogue period), for delivery between FY2013 and FY2017. The order fits in with the carrier’s fleet strategy, under which Japan’s second largest carrier aims s to procure a 90-100-seat aircraft as a successor to existing small aircraft as well as to enhance profitability and respond to envisaged changes in airport environments. ANA, which will become the first airline to introduce the MRJ90, stated it would operate the aircraft on domestic routes linking major regional cities.

ANA seeking partner for new LCC

In other ANA news, the carrier reportedly plans to select partners to establish a new LCC as early as next month, with the carrier planning to launch the LCC as early as 2011.

ANA may take a stake of between 30% and 50% in the new company, with overseas airlines and investment funds owning slightly less than 30%, according to reports. The carrier will also preportedly seek investment from Japanese travel agencies and hotels to offer wider services.

The LCC is in response to growing competition from Chinese and Southeast Asian LCCs, which now operate to Japan as aviation access arrangements are progressively liberalised. The LCC reportedly will offer airfares at less than half the price of major carriers for international routes within six hours of Japan, according to reports. It has previously been reported that domestic fares would be priced at less than JPY10,000 (USD110) per sector.

The carrier will reportedly not operate under the ANA brand, and its salary system would be different from the existing ANA system, as part of efforts to reduce the carrier’s cost base.  It has been previously reported that the carrier is planning to employ foreign pilots flight attendants and offer simplified inflight services, as part of efforts to maintain a lower cost base than its parent. Japan has always been a difficult market for LCCs due to higher labour costs, limited slot availability at key airports and expensive landing fees.

ANA President, Shinichiro Ito, in Apr-2010 stated the carrier was "seriously considering" the possibility of starting an LCC, but added that it needed to find airports that were open 24 hours per day with reduced landing fees. In early Jul-2010, ANA reportedly commenced talks with Kansai International Airport Co regarding the launch of a Kansai-based LCC. The airport is considering plans to construct a LCCT.

See related report: Tokyo Narita Airport to launch terminal for LCCs; KL Singapore, Gold Coast and Avalon expanding

ANA to merge three subsidiaries: Air Nippon Network, Air Next and Air Central

All Nippon Airways (ANA) in late Jun-2010, stated three of its consolidated subsidiaries, Air Nippon Network, Air Next and Air Central will merge, as part of efforts to streamline their operations and to "respond more flexibly to a changing airline industry" and to "help the ANA Group as a whole build a more adaptive operating structure". The merger is scheduled for 01-Oct-2010.

Under the plan, Air Next and Air Central brands will be dissolved, with only Air Nippon Network remaining. The carrier added that plans also call for Air Nippon Network to change its name to ANA Wings Co Ltd at the time of the merger.  

Overview of merger companies (data as at Mar-2010)

All Nippon Airways, in mid-Jul-2010, also announced that four of its consolidated subsidiaries – ANA Sales Co (ASX), ANA Sales Hokkaido Co (ASH), ANA Sales Kyushu Co (ASK) and ANA Sales Okinawa Co (ASO) – will merge. The move is part of the ANA Group's FY2010-2011 corporate strategy under which the carrier will reorganise its sales structure while consolidating functions and streamlining systems. The merger is scheduled to be completed by 01-Oct-2010. 

Expecting return to profitability in FY2010

The carrier expects a 32% jump in operating revenue to USD16 million in FY2011, with an operating profit of USD484 million (compared with a loss of USD625 million in the previous corresponding period) and a net loss of USD58 million (compared to a loss of USD661 million). The forecast remains unchanged from previous estimates.

The carrier added that it expects its cost reduction efforts and the opening of a new runway at Tokyo Haneda to benefit the carrier, commenting: “ANA will continue to expand its international business. We will also ensure that its planned income recovery and cost reduction plan is implemented, and build a strong cost structure capable of withstanding fluctuation risks”.

ANA Group financial highlights for FY2010 (01-Apr-2010 to 31-Mar-2011)

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However, Mr Hidema, warned: “While the Japanese economy showed steady recovery during the three month period under review, deflationary effects continued to exert downward pressure, and taking an optimistic view remains difficult. Concerns about a downward economic swing, primarily in Europe, along with moves by our competitors, mean that business conditions going forward will remain uncertain”. The carrier added: “Downward economic swings primarily in Europe and increasingly competitive markets both inside and outside Japan make business conditions uncertain; therefore there will be no change to the consolidated forecast."

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