Shares of China Airlines and EVA Airways closed sharply higher on Thursday, gaining 5.4% (with 39.95 million shares changing hands) and 4.2%, respectively, after both carriers reported robust May-2010 sales figures.
During the month, China Airlines reported a 7.7% increase in revenues on a month-on-month basis, with revenues soaring 74.5% on a year-on-year basis, while EVA Air’s sales rose 5.2% on a month-on-month basis and 73.2% year-on-year. Both carriers are benefiting from strong demand on cross-Strait services and recent fare increases on cargo routes to Europe.
Cathay Pacific’s yield and passenger volumes improve in May-2010; remain below pre-crisis levels
Also in North Asia, Cathay Pacific (shares up 0.1%) stated yield and passenger volumes improved in May-2010, compared to the same month in 2009, when the carrier’s business was negatively affected by the economic downturn and the swine flu outbreak. GM Revenue Management, Tim Owen, commented that, “although still below pre-crisis levels, the pick-up in demand in our premium cabins continued last month and the overall outlook for the summer peak still remains solid”.
During the month, which is traditionally one of the carrier’s “softer month”, the carrier’s passenger business “held up well”, with a 12% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers to 2.2 million, and a 5.5 ppt load factor improvement to 81.3%. Cargo volumes increased 30%. During the month, the carrier’s China network in particular performed well (RPKs increased 34% year-on-year) boosted by the Shanghai Expo.
JAL’s international passenger levels slump in Apr-2010
Also reporting traffic results yesterday, although for the month of April, was JAL Group. The carrier reported a slight increase in domestic passenger numbers (increasing 0.5% to 2.8 million passengers) but domestic passenger numbers were down by double-digits, slipping 13.4% to 772,000. Load factors were up both on the domestic and international networks, by 3.4 ppts to 56.2% and by 5.2 ppts to 70.2%, respectively.
Meanwhile, AirAsia X is reportedly considering listing on the Hong Kong or New York stock exchange, following proposals from foreign investment banks pitching to secure the mandate for the carrier’s IPO. The IPO is likely to value the carrier at USD500-600 million.
Asia Pacific selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 10-Jun-2010