China Eastern Dec-2010 preliminary traffic up 50%; Indian carriers trade lower


China's aviation boom continues, with China Eastern Airlines reporting a remarkable 50% increase in Dec-2010, according to preliminary figures. The carrier reported an average load factor of 76.8%, 6.2ppts higher than the same month in 2009.

  • China Eastern Airlines reported a 50% increase in traffic in December 2010, with an average load factor of 76.8%.
  • The carrier's 2010 traffic was up 47% compared to the previous year, with the highest passenger load factor since 2000.
  • Hainan Airlines became the first mainland Chinese carrier to earn five-star certification from SkyTrax, but its shares still dropped by 3.5%.
  • Other mainland Chinese carriers, including China Southern Airlines, also experienced a decline in share prices.
  • Indian carriers, such as Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet, saw their shares decrease, with Kingfisher Airlines facing potential higher insurance premiums.
  • The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation reclassified a failed landing incident as an accident, potentially leading to increased insurance costs for Kingfisher Airlines.

The carrier's 2010 traffic was up 47% on the previous year. China Eastern stated its annual passenger load factor of 78.0% in 2010 was the highest since 2000, while cargo load factor of 60.3% was the highest since 2003.

China Eastern Airlines' shares were down 1% on Friday, with most other mainland Chinese carriers also trading down. Hainan Airlines shares lost 3.5% - despite the announcement that the carrier has become the first mainland carrier to earn five-star certification from SkyTrax. China Southern Airlines' shares were down 2.3%. Shandong Airlines shares eased 0.4%, while Air China was up 0.1%.

Elsewhere in Asia, shares in India's listed carriers were lower, with Kingfisher Airlines dropping 5.2%, Jet Airways down 4% and shares in SpiceJet lower by 2%. Kingfisher Airlines, now the second-largest carrier in India, reportedly faces risks of higher insurance premiums, following a decision by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to reclassify the Nov-2009 failed landing of an ATR turboprop in Mumbai from an "incident" to an "accident". Kingfisher's aircraft insurance premiums could increase by 5-10%, according to a report in Live Mint.

Selected Asia Pacific airlines daily share price movements (% change): 14-Jan-2011


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