Air's third quarter results for the three months ended September 30,
2007, show operating revenue increased by 8.1% to 2,371.8 billion Korean won as compared to
2,193.2 billion Korean won for the same period last year. Operating income increased
by 45.2% to 281.4 billion Korean won and net income increased by 3.9% to 131.7
billion Korean won compared to the same period last year. Operating income
margin increased by 3.1 percentage point to 11.9% for the period under review.
The strong results were mainly attributable to the increase in international passenger
revenue and the 6.8% growth in US dollar yield. Increased traffic during the summer
high season and the Thanksgiving holiday fuelled the demand for Korean Air’s
passenger service. Expanded sales in overseas markets, sales increased for First
and Business Class and the addition of charter flights to popular holiday
resort destinations have driven the international passenger revenue up by 9.8% to 1,306
billion Korean won in the third quarter of 2007. For domestic passenger operations,
load factor and yield have both improved despite a slight decrease of 1.3% in
revenue compared to the same period last year.
The cargo operation was another contributor to the profit growth. During the period
under review, Korean Air slowed down the increase in capacity and
focused on enhancing profitability by concentrating on high-profit routes and
restructuring existing routes. Benefiting from an increase in outbound cargo traffic
and effective business strategies, the airline saw both cargo traffic and profitability improve on almost all routes. Korean Air is also
developing new demand in regions such as South America and Africa. In the third
quarter of 2007, revenue from cargo operations increased by 6.3% to 631 billion
Korean won compared to the same period last year with a US dollar yield returned to
a positive 0.2%.
Jonghee Lee, president of Korean Air, said, “We have continued to deliver impressive
results in 3Q. We are particularly pleased to see the growth in international
passenger and cargo margins, which have boosted the overall operating income
margin. The exceptional effort of our strong sales team has resulted in higher sales
and more orders in both passenger and cargo operations. For the remainder of 2007,
we will continue to expand our market, improve our yield, and adopt stringent cost
control to create even better value for our shareholders.”
During the period, Korean Air recorded a 4.6% increase in total operating expenses,
reflecting increased traffic. Fuel consumption increased by 7.7% while the fuel
expense increase was contained at 4.9% due to the lowered marginal unit price and
strong Korean won.
To meet the robust growth of traffic between Korea and China, a new route was
added between Incheon and Zhengzhou, China, in the third quarter. A cargo route
was also extended to Munich, Germany, in September.
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