Cathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
Cathay Pacific Airways reported a first-half profit attributable to shareholders of HK$1,771 million in its 2004 Interim Results published today. This was in marked contrast to the HK$1,241 million loss recorded during the SARS-affected first half of 2003.
An improving world economy and a strong recovery in Hong Kong propelled growth in both the airline’s passenger and cargo operations. The airline responded by introducing new services and additional frequencies across its network.
Turnover was sharply higher at HK$18,185 million, compared to HK$12,275 million during the same six-month period last year. The number of passengers carried increased 59.3 percent to 6.4 million. Passenger yield improved to HK45.7 cents, up from HK42.8 cents, reflecting both the improved demand for business and leisure travel and currency gains resulting from the weaker US dollar.
Cargo volumes increased 15.8 percent to 469,909 tonnes due to continued growth of re-exports from Southern China and higher volumes carried on trunk routes to Europe, Japan and the United States. Cargo yield remained at HK$1.72.
Higher revenues were partially offset by higher costs arising from the sharp rise in the price of fuel. The average price before hedging was 16.9 percent higher than in the same period last year. Fuel accounted for 21.8 percent of the airline’s operating costs during the period.
Cathay Pacific Chairman James Hughes-Hallett said: “Prospects for the traditionally stronger second half of the year appear to be good, although the high fuel price remains a concern, which if sustained, could dampen global economic growth and the demand for air travel. We remain optimistic over our future and will continue to develop our network, strengthen Hong Kong as a global aviation hub and focus on delivering superior value to customers.”
CXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1494 times:
HKD 1771 million of interim profit is no doubt very impressive, yet it still falls short of the analyst's forecast, which are as high as HKD $2500 million, believe it or not...
I guess one side of the story which hasn't really been picked up by the financial people (analysts or journalists alike) is CX's indeed done a fantastic good job defending its turf against various budget carriers such as ValuAir, AirAsia and Orient Thai.
So congratulations to Cathay. That's really all I have to say!!