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Spring doubles revenue and profits in 1H2010; improved performance expected in second half


China's most successful LCC, Spring Airlines, reported a doubling in revenue and profits in 1H2010, which the carrier attributes to “significantly” lower costs than its competitors. The carrier reported revenues of USD215.2 million in the six-month period, a 60% year-on-year increase, while profits surged 288.6% year-on-year to USD23.4 million. The carrier is gearing up for an IPO next year. [3035 words]

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  • IPO plans on track to support massive fleet expansion
  • Needs “astronomical” amount of funding to support fleet growth
  • Chinese carriers present at Farnborough
  • Expand internationally to Japan, Korea next; Shenyang to become third base
  • Shenyang next base, Shijiazhuang possible
  • Competition from high speed rail a concern
  • Consolidation continuing

Graphs and data:

  • Chinese carrier average daily aircraft utilisation hours (selected types): 2009
  • Spring Airlines fleet plans: 2011-2014
  • Chinese carrier Farnborough 2010 orders
  • Shanghai-Japan capacity (seats) share by carrier: Jul-2010
  • Selection of new Spring Airlines routes for 2010
  • High Speed Rail System in China
  • Spring Airlines capacity (seats) by route pair (one-way): Jul-2010
  • China domestic capacity breakdown by carrier (seats per week and as % of total): Independent carriers in bold
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