Thursday, April 25, 2013

■ KENYA: Kenya Airways releases its Operations Report for Q4 2012/2013 (January - March).

Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways (KQ) has released its Operations Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2012/2013; January 1 to 31st March 2013.

Kenya Airways' converted 737-300F in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya Airways' converted 737-300F in Nairobi

Capacity Available: % Change on Q4 2011/2012

The measure of an airline flight's passenger carrying capacity against the same period in 2011/2012.

Kenya Airways' market capacity totalled 3.143million seat kilometres which was 4.5% below last year’s level. The decline during the period was as a result of discontinued operations to N’Djamena, Muscat and Jeddah though New Delhi joined the network in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Middle East & Far East (+18.9%): This was largely due to the operation of the larger B777 instead of the smaller B767 to Hong Kong and Guangzhou via Bangkok.
  • North Africa (-5.4%): a result of downsizing capacity to Djibouti via Addis Ababa and the Khartoum-Cairo route.
  • East Africa (+34.9%): mostly due to increased frequencies to Dar es Salaam,  Seychelles, Moroni via Dzaoudzi and equipment mixed between Boeing 737-800s and Embraer 190s.
  • Southern Africa (0%): -
  • West Africa (-6.5%): mainly due to the Lagos route as a result of operating the smaller B738 aircraft compared to B767. The suspension of N’Djamena as a destination due to low demand also contributed to the decline.
  • Central Africa (+28.6%): Due to the introduction of the Boeing 777-200 on the Kinshasa route as a result of increased demand of cargo and excess baggage.
  • Europe (-30.4%):  due to rationalization occasioned by the Euro zone crisis and anticipated lower demand during the Kenyan election period.
  • Kenya (Domestic) (-2.3%): This was as a result of rationalization of Mombasa operations from the larger B737 aircraft to the smaller Embraer 190. Capacity availed to Kisumu grew by 18.7% due to use of the larger Embraer 190 fleet as opposed to Embraer 170.
  • Cargo Capacity  (-14.9%): There was a general slump from some key feeder markets in Asia and Europe.
Traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres at 2,073m was 7.5% below similar period last year.Europe recorded the highest reduction due to the economic challenges facing the Euro-Zone economies that necessitated cutbacks in capacity offered including the closure of the Rome route.

Seat Occupancy: % Occupancy for Q4 2012 (% Change compared to Q4 2011/2012)

Essentially, the fullness of your aircraft cabin on all flights on a particular route over the same quarter in 2011/2012.

The total passenger tally, which closed at 828,032 indicates a growth of 3.6% compared to similar period last year.  The resultant cabin factor at 65.9% was lower than prior year’s 68.1%.
  • Middle East, India & Far East: 66.1% (-8.5%): uplifted passenger traffic at 130,522 showed an improvement of 11.0% compared to same period prior year. However, the realized cabin factor of 66.1% was below prior year’s level of 74.6% due to slow uptake of capacity availed.
  • Africa: 60.0% (-2.6%): Within Africa but excluding Kenya, passengers uplifted totalled 424,490 indicating a marginal growth of 1.1% on the back of 2.6% capacity growth. The resultant passenger cabin factor of 60.0% was 2.3 percentage points lower than similar period last year.
  • Europe: 82.9% (+5.2%) Passenger uplift to Europe at 83,506 was a reduction from last year’s level of 113,184 at a 75.7% seat occupancy, an improvement of 5.2% over last year.
  • Kenya (Domestic): - (+1.9%): Passengers uplifted within Kenya at 189,514 increased by 4.3% a 1.9% cabin factor improvement.
Source [Kenya Airways]