Kenya Airways Operating Performance; 2nd QTR - July to Sept 2010
Kenya Airways releases its operating results for the second quarter ended 30th Sep 2010.
The company put into the market place capacity totalling 3,391m seat kilometres which was 5.8% above last year’s level. This is as a result of additional destinations launched in the second half of 2010 to Muscat, Juba, Djibouti, Luanda and Bangui.
Capacity offered into Europe registered a 5.3% growth compared to the same quarter of prior year. The Middle East, Far East and Asia regions shrunk by 5.3% compared to last year despite the introduction of Muscat flights via Dubai. This was largely due to the operation of the smaller B767 and B738 compared to the larger B777 that operated in prior year.
The Northern Africa region grew by 15.4% in capacity owing to the introduction of daily flights into Juba in Southern Sudan on the Embraer aircraft. Capacity availed into the East African region grew by 11.6% compared to last year due to better synchronization of KQ schedule with that of Precision Air on both Tanzanian and Zanzibar connections and increased frequency in Bujumbura and Antananarivo.
The highest seat kilometre increase was registered in Southern Africa region which at 26.3% growth. This was due to additional frequencies into Johannesburg during world cup, Harare and Lusaka together with the additions of N’Dola and Gaborone into the network. Capacity offered in the Central Africa region remained at par with the same period last year despite the successful launches of Malabo and Bangui via Douala. The capacity into West Africa grew by 4.2% mainly on Cotonou and Dakar route that were served by B737-800.
In the Domestic front, capacity grew by 10% compared to same period last year because Kisumu route had been closed during previous year.
Uptake of total production at 2,466m revenue passenger kilometres represents a 10% growth compared to last year while the total passenger tally, which closed on 849,566 increased by 9%. The resulting average cabin factor improved from last year’s level of 70% to 73%.
Cargo tonnage at 14,118 reduced by 7% compared to last year’s level due to capacity constraints as a result of narrow body operations on most intra-african routes and competition with passenger baggage on core feed/de-feed routes.
Passenger uplift to Europe at 142,567 indicates a 13.8% year on year growth backed by a 5.3% capacity growth resulting to 82.3% occupancy level which is 5.7 points higher than prior year.
In the Middle East, Far East and Asia regions passenger traffic increased marginally by 2.6% against a capacity shortfall of 5.3%. The realised cabin factor of 82.4% was 5.5 points better than prior year.
Within Africa but excluding Kenya, total enplanements totalled 449,033 indicating growth of 11.2% compared to a 12.1% capacity growth, thus the resultant passenger cabin factor of 60.5% remained at par with prior year’s level.
Passengers uplifted within Kenya at 142,880 were at par with last year’s level. The resulting cabin factor of 70.9% was lower than 79.9% achieved last year.
This article was originally posted on East Africa Business Communities