SpiceJet orders 30 more B737s, Jet Airways rises in earnings afterglow. Korean airline stocks ease
Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet has placed an order for 30 new B737-800s at a list cost of USD2.7 billion for delivery between 2014 and 2018.
SpiceJet will add seven aircraft this year and plans to induct a similar number or slightly more by the end of the next financial year, to operate 50 aircraft by 2014 (the same number as AirAsia’s Malaysian operation at present – see related report: AirAsia load factors rise, Jetstar expands long-haul, Tiger’s ‘vertical seating’ and Virgin’s middle
SpiceJet’s first quarter net income surged 110% to USD11.8 million for the three months to 30-Jun-2010. Director, Ajay Singh, stated the outlook for the next few quarters looks good, stating: “We are looking to take a disproportionate share of growth in the aviation market”. Acting CEO, Kishore Gupta, commented: "We expect domestic demand to grow at 16% during the current year and to sustain a 12-14% annual growth going forward in the medium term".
Jet Airways’ shares rallied 4% yesterday as investors digested the carrier’s first quarter earnings and positive outlook. See related report: Jet Airways returns first quarter bottom line to profit
Korean Air lower, SIA gains
Thai stocks hit 26-month highs yesterday, although Thai Airways was flat, while Singapore Airlines rose 1.8% after it reported a better-than-expected first quarter net profit and analysts upgraded its target price. See related report: Singapore Airlines returns to profit in first quarter; expecting recovery to continue
Asia Pacific selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 27-Jul-2010