The partnership with Etihad Airways seems to generate money for Indian Jet Airways. The airline group today announced a strong financial performance with record profits of USD 71 million for the third quarter ending December 31, 2015 compared to USD 0.5 million in Q3FY15, providing further evidence of the growing momentum of its turnaround programme.
Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways said: “Jet Airways is rightly placed to participate in the fast growth in India’s aviation sector driven by the country’s strong economic fundamentals. As a network carrier we are committed to connect India to the world with our full service product, providing greater choice and world class travel experience to guests. The record profit and overall strong financial performance in this fiscal is a result of several initiatives undertaken for improving productivity and efficiency.”
Jet Group’s total revenues for Q3 FY16 were USD 863 million while passenger revenues for Q3 FY16 were USD 733.7 million.
The growth in passengers flown and the increased aircraft utilization led to increase in ASKM, which helped in improving both operating and financial performance in the third quarter.
Jet Airways group was able to generate higher passenger traffic compared to capacity deployment. Domestic capacity grew by 14.6% in Q3 of FY16 while passenger traffic grew 15%. In the international business, capacity grew by 2.6% while growth in passenger traffic was 5.1%.
An in-depth focus on cost reduction initiatives has resulted in the non-fuel cost per ASK being lowered by 4.6% in Q3 while total cost per ASK was reduced by 15%.
Jet Airways further enhanced its synergies with partners, expanding its codeshare partnership with strategic partner Etihad Airways. Overall codeshare traffic witnessed growth of 28% from 416,816 passengers carried in Q3FY15 to 534,104 passengers in Q3FY16, with codeshare traffic with strategic alliance partner Etihad Airways and its partner airlines growing by 86%. Jet Airways continues to develop synergies with Etihad Airways and other Etihad Airways Partners.
Jet Airways, together with Etihad Airways, now has the largest market share in Indian international traffic.
James Hogan, Vice Chairman Jet Airways and President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are very satisfied with the operating and financial performance of Jet Airways that has resulted in record profits. We remain committed to providing solid support and driving further synergies between the two partners.”
Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, said: “Our strong operational performance resulting in record profit demonstrates the progress we continue to make in our turnaround plan. The key achievements during Q3 have been lower cost per ASK excluding fuel and higher aircraft utilization resulting in additional capacity equivalent of nine 737 aircraft without any addition to the fleet.”
The airline continued to focus its efforts on enhancing the customer experience through technology, and unveiled a new app designed exclusively for the Apple Watch. The app allows passengers to access real time information about their flight status, receive a flight status notification, get alerts for upcoming trips as well as updates on special deals and offers from Jet Airways.
Mr Ball concluded: “The competitive and structural challenges in the Indian aviation market continue to put pressure on our yields. In addressing these, we will focus on cost reduction and leveraging the commercial and operational synergies through our partnership with Etihad Airways.”