MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31800 posts, RR: 72 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4686 times:
From the Irish Examiner...
Aer Lingus net profit soars to €69.2m
By Ian Guider
AER LINGUS saw its net profits nearly double last year as further cost cuts and a 6% rise in passenger traffic moved earnings higher.
The State-owned carrier said its net profit last year was up 96% to €69.2 million. At operating level, profits were up 30% to €83m, ahead of the €75m target for the year.
According to the airline's chief executive Willie Walsh the profit was achieved due to a sharp fall in its cost base, with €89m in costs stripped out during 2003 and €344m since the airline was restructured in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
"The financial performance last year was very strong and when you consider the environment for us, it is pleasing to have exceeded our target and get an operating margin of over 9%. We made very significant progress in financial terms but there is still more we have to do," Mr Walsh said.
Turnover for the year dropped by 7.3% to €888.3m, despite a 6.2% rise in the number of passengers flown to 6.6 million.
Mr Walsh said the decrease in turnover was the result of lower fares to European destinations, which dropped 10% last year.
The airline expects average fares to drop by 10% this year and a further 10% next year.
To offset the fall in fares it expects further costs to be taken out of the business and increased efficiencies from staff, rising internet sales and new aircraft to come on stream.
"We are going to see a fall in revenue again in 2004 and that means more costs have to come out," Mr Walsh said.
The airline's operating margin rose from 6.7% to 9.3%, its highest ever, and left it on course for a margin of 15% of sales by 2006.
Both European and transatlantic passenger numbers were up, with a 3.9% rise to European destinations, despite a 4.8% fall in passengers on its London routes.
Passenger numbers on the airline's continental European routes were ahead by 27%, while it flew 1.1 million transatlantic passengers, a 19% rise on 2002.
Mr Walsh added that it was looking to open new routes to the United States, and had Dallas, San Francisco, Miami and Philadelphia in its sights. The airline is also looking at the possibility of services to Australia and south-east Asia.
On aerlingus.com, possibly to gauge demand to possible new service, Miami, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are on Aer Lingus' drop down list of destinations, even though they do not usually display destinations they do not fly to with their own aircraft.
I say Miami and San Francisco have the best shot. Can't speak for San Francisco, but the Miami-Ireland market is pretty big, and lot's of new oneWorld, one-stop connections are opened up.
Usair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 808 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4643 times:
Great!!! A new International airline coming into Philadelphia!!!! US Airways fly to Dublin and Shannon with a 767-200 so load factors must be real good if Aer Lingus is looking at the Philly-Ireland route!
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12176 posts, RR: 35 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4610 times:
Or, of course, it could be that EI doesn't see US having a long term future on that route . . . or elsewhere . . .
It's a positive development that EI has said openly that it's looking at an Asian route. The big fly in the ointment is the whole bilateral issue. Frankly, I'm always worried about the Irish authorities conducting bilaterals, because they don't usually get it right. They want to protect SNN for another few years, but it will means a relaxing of the 50/50 rule. Still, it will reduce Aer Lingus's competitiveness against other airlines, so I wonder how the EU will see this.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4664 posts, RR: 43 Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4519 times:
Please do remember that the other main reason for wanting to start MIA and DFW flights are that theyre both 2 HUGE AMERICAN AIRLINE's HUBS hence it would be very convienient for EI to fly there and then transfer traffic to AA.
Latin American traffic can pass through MIA whereas domestic USA and West Coast-MEXICO can go via DFW or even MIA if its on the East or Southern USA coast.
As for PHL...an A 332 is perfect and the same applies to SFO. Both cities should be 3-4 weekly.
As for the Asian expansion...choice of cities to look at should be DXB-KUL-BKK-BOM/DEL with the A 332s only due to its longer range flying ability compared to its big brother the A 333.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4328 times:
I'm always partial to DFW. With the new Terminal D opening up next year and the fortress hub AA has there, it is feaseable to see AerLingus give it a try. It would be great to see some color variety at DFW!
AA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2284 posts, RR: 25 Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4223 times:
I am thinking that MIA is the way to go on this. Would be a huge money maker. I also think DFW would be great as well.
BKK would be the first choice for Asia, if not HKG. HKG Would have really good
feed there with CX. What about range? Can a 332 make the DUB-BKK or
DUB-HKG runs? Or will it have to be DUB-DXB-BKK, and add DXB to the list of
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2055 posts, RR: 37 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4208 times:
You've gotta think DFW is a lock. DFW offers such a broad scale of connections, I'm sure the route would be a success. I believe that was what EI was banking on when it said that it may consider starting St. Louis last spring. SFO and MIA are equally strong markets (in general) and both should work nicely with something like 4-7x per week. With US still in existence, PHL seems less likely, but they may be banking on them washing up when they make that statement.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
I'd give anything to see Aer Lingus at Dallas and I'm very biased towards my airport, but you have to give MIA the leg up on this one. More connections to South America and quite a few flights to the mainland US, plus Miami and Florida are tourist destinations for Europeans. Can't believe that many Euros are itching to come to Texas for holiday.
Although I have a friend whose dad is Irish and he has a few Irish friends that live in Dallas, so maybe the route would work. Ha. All this Irish talk has gotten me pumped up for the St. Patty's Day parade/party on Greenville Ave. this weekend. Cheers!
RyanairA320 From Ireland, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4108 times:
Im not sure if St. Patrick was a Drag Queen but the last time I checked he was nicknamed St. Paddy not St. Patty.
I would like to travel to Dallas. No reason really but at times Aer Lingus can offer extremely low fares to the US. In December I got flights to BWI for 221.32 euro return from Dublin. The most expensive flight i got around the same time when I priced all of their 5 US destinations was Los Angeles at 284 euro. Those fares were incl all taxes and charges.
I think more Long haul aircraft would be great. I would assume more A332 would be obtained and perhaps some A340-500/600 for Asian/Aussie routes. How cool would they look in the EI livery. Infact I think the 777 would look really great in their fantastic colour scheme. But they are more likely to continue their all Airbus convesion.
Ryanair 'The Low Fares Airline' and now also 'The On-time Airline'
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4048 times:
Thanks for the spelling correction - I was just going with the "t" in Patrick but I see your point.
I'm not sure what EI's plans are but I would assume that you're right, that they would maintain their Airbus concentration instead of paying for a 772 or something like that. Are there routes that EI could place an A345 on? DUB-HKG or something like that? I don't know much about Irish businesses and/or with whom they do alot of trading, aside from companies in the US in areas like NYC/BOS. What are some other markets that might work from DUB?
Airways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
I would welcome seeing the shamrock just about anywhere. I flew Aer Lingus once not long ago and they had really good service. Flights to PHL might keep US Airways on their toes. Flights to MIA would make good sense; it's a OneWorld hub, there are plenty of business opportunities in Asia and there's a large Irish population in Australia. All of these would make sense if there's a market.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12176 posts, RR: 35 Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
Sure, Airbus looks like the most likely option, but on the other hand, the Americans have the most important card. Aer Lingus wants US expansion and is waiting for more US access before deciding on this. The US may well say, unofficially, "buy Boeings and you can have what you like".
Of course, the Irish govt still wants some US access for SNN, but is willing to liberalise the current 50/50 rule. Nonetheless, the EU Commission will still want to see what Ireland is doing and may veto a restrictive bilateral on competitiveness grounds. The US/Ireland bilateral is being negotiated "offline" so to speak, i.e. not related to the EU/US issues, which are likely to be delayed by the US election.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31800 posts, RR: 72 Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3947 times:
Why not ATL? Is it because Aer Lingus is not a SkyTeam member? DL flies to Dublin and Shannon daily...I'm fairly certain we could support another flight from Aer Lingus from ATL.
Aer Lingus would get smashed at ATL. No way it will work.
Now, I know I live here, so I'm biased, but I'm giving Miami the leg up on being the first destinations:
-Very popular tourist destination for Irish
-Irish have one of Europe's largest disposable incomes and love to travel. Miami opens easy one-stop connections throughout Florida and the Caribbean.
-Would be able to offer strong O&D on both sides
-Would give Miamians a "lower fare" choice to Europe
Dallas would be an excellent choice too:
-oneWorld's biggest hub
-Easy one-stop connections throughout the United States. That right there can probably fill the plane
-Would give Dallas area residents a "lower fare" choice to Europe
San Francsisco should have little problems, but I can't see Philadelphia working with USAirways still there. Orlando is another destination that has potential, but they are better off letting passengers connect in Miami.
FlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
I think that PHL would be towards the bottom of that list- I mean they already serve BWI and JFK both within an hour and a half of PHL. Besides I think that US has such high loads on their flights from PHL because of their extensive international hub- it's the most lucrative international hub for them which also makes me think that they will fight fight fight WN there.
I do like Aer Lingus a lot- flew them from BWI once and thoroughly enjoyed it... I just think that they will (or should) seek another destination away from the northeast
Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1409 posts, RR: 3 Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3744 times:
Hold your horses boys.
Firstly, any new routes to the USA require a revision to the Irish / USA bilateral. That may take a very long time, especially as the Irish side are likely to press to retain as much as possible of the Shannon stopover insanity in any new agreement. Following the European Court of Justice decision, Ireland may also have to bring the EU Commission along.
Second, there is no doubt that EI are looking at serving Florida - could well be elsewhere than MIA, FLL or MCO perhaps. And also the Bay Area, where Oakland was rumoured to be the favourite rather than SFO.
Thirdly, EI need to think hard about extending services on long routes due to fleet planning and resource use reasons. It is very , very hard to compete from Ireland with services via LHR or AMS, when daily frequency is not on offer..