Skymark to Introduce A380 for International Route, Aiming to Realize Budget Price with Long-Haul Mass Transportation
Skymark Airlines (BC) unveiled on November 8 that it reached a basic agreement with Airbus Industry on introduction of Airbus A380. The airline plans to sign a contract with Airbus Industry in the spring of 2011 for introducing six A380s including two options. Skymark will take delivery of its first A380 by 2014 to be operated on its key international routes. Although the actual international routes to be served with A340 and its aircraft cabin configuration are undecided yet, but the airline anticipates offering customers the budget prices by transporting a large volume of passengers on the long-haul routes, said Skymark.
Skymark Airlines has been streamlining its aircraft fleet solely to Boeing B737-800s, striving to reduce its aircraft maintenance costs. However, as B737-800 has a restricted flight range, the airline has considered introducing Airbus A380 which provides â€œa wider range of options in flight operationsâ€ (quoting the airlineâ€™s public relations) in view of an expansion of its future international route network.
In terms of aircraft assignment in connection with its internationalization, Skymark intends to operate Airbus A380 on its main long-haul international routes, whilst it plans to put Boeing B737-800 on its medium and short-haul international routes like the charter flights flown on the Haneda/Guam route last summer.
Skymark H1 Operational Revenue and Profit Up, Expecting Passenger Numbers to Increase by 45%
Skymark Airlines announced the financial results for the first half of the fiscal year 2010 covering the period from April 1 to September 30, 2010. The operating revenues rose by 26.6 percent year-on-year to 26.6 billion yen, operating profit surged by 168.2 percent year-on-year to 5.8 billion yen and ordinary profit also surged by 172.0 percent to 5.4 billion yen. Consequently, the airline posted a net profit of 2.7 billion yen, up by 38.4 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier. In terms of flight operations, capacity, as measured by available seat kilometers (ASK), increased by 20 percent while traffic, as measured by revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), increased by 32 percent. Namely, the number of seats available was 2,398,831, up by 17.2 percent and the number of passengers carried was 1,977,108, up by 28.2 percent, registering an average seat load factor of 84 percent, up by 8 percentage point. For the second half of the fiscal year 2010, Skymark Airlines expects ASK and RPK to rise sharply by 51 percent and 47 percent respectively. In terms of the number of seats, it is expected to surge by 56.5 percent to 3,214,125 and in terms of the number of passengers it is also expected to sharply increase by 45.5 percent to 2,410,173 when compared to the year-ago period.
Source: Travel Vision
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