Jet Airways reports bleak first quarter

A change in depreciation policy may have helped India’s largest airline to report a profit in its first quarter (three months to Jun-08), but there is no denying the underlying business has taken a massive hit. Every way one looks at Jet’s result, the figures are ugly – and they reflect a sector in crisis. The rational deployment of capacity must urgently be restored to the Indian market, where airline losses are expected to have reached USD1 billion in the past financial year (of which Jet contributed USD63 million).

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