Record results for SAS Cargo

Travel News Asia 1 March 2006

A revenue increase of 17% and improved profitability gave SAS Cargo its best result ever in 2005.

The company reported revenue of 3.306 million Swedish Crowns (356 MEUR) and a profit before tax (EBT) of 68 million Swedish Crowns (7.3 MEUR). SAS Cargo was separated from the SAS Group in 2001 and made in to an independent legal entity.

SAS Cargo managed to increase both revenue and profit in a market, which is characterized by huge overcapacity and great imbalance in the flow of goods between Asia and Europe.

The fierce competition in the market caused the average unit revenue (Yield) to continue the decreasing trend. The Yield fell to 1.92 Swedish Crowns (0.21 EUR) from 2.03 Swedish Crowns (0.22 EUR) in 2004.

"Even though we did not completely reach the targets we aimed for, I am happy to conclude that we are developing positively and that we show progress from year to year. The result in 2005 is the best ever for SAS Cargo, however we need to be better at earning money. And we will do this by increasing focus on our core business and continue to develop our route network and capacity," said Kenneth Marx, President and CEO of SAS Cargo Group A/S.

Increased capacity

Since Kenneth Marx took over the Scandinavian air cargo company in 2004, the management team has introduced a strategy plan, which demands growth in terms of revenue as well as in terms of bottom line. This has resulted in a series of capacity agreements with airlines outside the SAS Group in 2005.

We need to be able to offer our customers the right capacity and the right products. Therefore, we must adjust and optimize our route network and our capacity supply all the time in order to follow the demand, Kenneth Marx continues.

The increased focus on capacity in 2005 lead to all-cargo capacity agreements with the WOW partners from Lufthansa Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo to selected destinations. Furthermore, agreements with Korean Air Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo were signed.

Onboard the passenger aircrafts SAS Cargo made a capacity agreement with an airline outside the SAS Group for the first time ever, when they in September 2005 took over the responsibility of the cargo capacity onboard Sterling's fleet.

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