Published on : Friday, September 23, 2016
Aeroflot PJSC (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) today announces traffic statistics for Aeroflot Group (“the Group”) and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (“the Company”) for August and the first eight months of 2016.
8M 2016 Operating Highlights
In the first eight months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 28.7 million passengers, up 8.9% year-on- year.
Aeroflot airline carried 19.0 million passengers, a year-on- year increase of 10.2%. Group and Company revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 12.2% and 10.6% year-on- year, respectively. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 8.2% year-on- year for Aeroflot Group and by 8.4% for Aeroflot airline. The passenger load factor increased by 2.9 percentage points (p.p.) year-on- year to 81.9% for the Group and by 1.7 p.p. year-on- year to 81.6% for the Company.
August 2016 Operating Highlights
In August 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 4.5 million passengers, up 6.4% year-on- year. Aeroflot airline carried 2.8 million passengers, a year-on- year increase of 6.1%.
Group and Company RPKs increased by 12.2% and 6.7% year-on- year, respectively. ASKs rose by 9.3% year-on- year for Aeroflot Group and by 5.9% for Aeroflot airline.
On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 1.2% and 4.8% year-on- year, respectively. ASKs decreased by 0.1% year-on- year. Company passengers carried on domestic routes were up 3.2%, while RPKs declined by 0.9% and ASKs declined by 4.3%. The decrease in Company’s ASKs was due to postponement of aircraft deliveries required for summer schedule operations and respective adjustments in the flight program.
On international routes, Group passengers carried rose 14.4% year-on- year while Group RPKs were up 19.3% year-on- year. ASKs for the period increased 18.2% year-on- year. Passengers carried on Aeroflot airline international flights increased 8.8%, RPKs increased by 11.7% and ASKs rose 12.5%. International traffic growth was supported by a decline in competition as several foreign carriers reduced flight frequencies to Russia, Aeroflot airline’s international transit traffic through its Sheremetyevo hub and Transaero’s exit
from the market, which triggered a reallocation of domestic and international routes amongst market players.
As a result of these factors, the passenger load factor increased by 2.3 p.p. year-on- year to 89.7% for the Group and by 0.6 p.p. year-on- year to 88.5% for the Company.
In 8M 2016, the Group added five Boeing 737-800s, five Boeing 747, five Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, one Airbus A319, five DHC 8-Q400s, six Airbus A320s and seven Airbus A321s. Five Airbus A319s, five Airbus A321s, three Airbus A320s, three Boeing 737-500, one Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 767 were phased out of the Aeroflot Group fleet. The Group fleet increased by 22 aircraft, bringing the fleet size to 280 aircraft (excluding one An-24 which was leased out) as of 31 August 2016.
For 8M 2016, Aeroflot airline added five Boeing 737-800s, two Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, six Airbus A320s and seven Airbus A321s. Five Airbus A319s, one Airbus A320 and five Airbus A321s were phased out. Aeroflot airline grew its fleet by 15 aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 182 aircraft as of 31 August 2016.