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Ryanair reports third quarter profits of $24.1 million

Ryanair (Dublin) announced third quarter profits of $24.1 million (€18 million), up $4 million (€3 million) on last year despite an $109 million (€81 million) increase in fuel costs. Revenues rose 15% to $1.3 billion (€969 million) as traffic grew 3% to 17.3 million passengers. Unit costs rose 11% mainly due to a 24% (€81 million) increase in fuel. Excluding fuel third quarter unit costs rose by 4%, while average fares improved by 8%.

Summary Q3 Results (IFRS) in Euro.
Q3 Results (IFRS) €
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2012
% Change
Passengers
16.7m
17.3m
  +3%
Revenue
€844m
€969m
  +15%
Profit after Tax
€14.9m
€18.1m
  +21%
Basic EPS(euro cent)
1.02
1.25
  +23%
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said:
“Our Q3 profit of €18m was ahead of expectations due to strong pre-Christmas bookings at higher yields. The 8% rise in avg. fares reflects our improved customer service, record punctuality and the successful roll out of our reserved seating service. Our fuel costs rose €81m, (+24%), slightly less than expected as oil prices increased 22% (from $84pbl) to $102pbl. Excluding fuel, Q3 unit costs rose 4% due to excessive increases in Italian ATC costs, Spanish airport charges, and the strength of Sterling to the Euro. Ancillary revenue performed strongly and rose 24% to approx. €13 per pax.
New Routes and Bases.
Our new routes and bases are performing well in their first winter, although some smaller bases such as Budapest and Warsaw are doing so at very low prices. Our 51st base Maastricht opened in December, and we will open 6 new bases (total 57) from April in Eindhoven, Krakow, Zadar (Croatia), Chania (Greece), Marrakesh and Fez (Morocco). Significant capacity cuts by Legacy and other struggling EU carriers continue to offer us substantial growth opportunities across Europe.  We expect further capacity cuts and restructurings in Europe as high fare, loss making carriers struggle to compete with Ryanair’s expansion at low prices. During Q.3 Iberia, AFKLM, Air Berlin, and Lufthansa all announced major restructurings. Both LOT and SAS are seeking further state support while the Swiss charter airline “Hello” has closed. These trends will create more growth opportunities for Ryanair to grow profitably to 120m passengers over the next decade.
Customer Service.
Our industry leading customer service continues to improve as demonstrated by the following YTD milestones:-
·  93% of all Ryanair flights arrived on time (a new record).
·  Lost bags have fallen to less than 1 per 3,000 pax.
·  We cancel less than 4 flights in every 1,000.
No other EU airline can match Ryanair’s fares or this level of passenger service. The addition of reserved seating to our priority boarding service in 2012 has been very well received and a recent survey of Ryanair’s traffic in Spain (where Ryanair is the largest carrier) highlighted that 22% of our passengers were travelling on business. A survey of 10,000 passengers in December also yielded the following results:-
 ·  87% were satisfied or very satisfied with their Ryanair flight.
·  93% said they would fly Ryanair again.
·  95% said Ryanair provide excellent value for money.
Ryanair Strengths.
Ryanair’s ex fuel passenger cost of €27 (ytd) is lower than any carrier in Europe. Our average fare of €50 is (by some distance) lower than any other EU carrier. Our tight cost management, at a time when competitor costs are rising faster, will enable Ryanair to expand our price and cost leadership over all other EU airlines for the foreseeable future. The combination of Ryanair’s industry leading costs and customer service, strong cash flows and balance sheet, gives Ryanair a unique platform to deliver its next decade of growth as we target a 20% share of the EU short-haul market by growing to over 120m pax p.a.
Stansted Airport Sale
The sale of Stansted should be completed by the end of Spring. We welcome its purchase by MAG and look forward to working with them (as we do currently in Manchester, East Midlands, and Bournemouth) to grow Stansted’s low fare traffic back over 23m, where it was in 2007 before the BAA monopoly doubled Stansted’s fees. We also welcome the CAA’s announcement that is “minded to” rule that Stansted has market power, and will need effective regulation to protect Stansted users from exploitation by the airport monopoly particularly when “there is evidence to suggest that Stansted is pricing above the competitive level”.
Aer Lingus Update.
Under Irish Takeover Panel rules we are unable in these results to update on our offer to acquire Aer LingusAccordingly we are issuing a separate announcement on this matter today.
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said:

“Ryanair has submitted a radical and unprecedented remedies package to the EU in support of its offer for Aer Lingus. We believe these remedies address every current Ryanair\Aer Lingus crossover route and all other competition issues raised by the Commission in its Statement of Objections. The remedies involve two upfront buyers each basing aircraft in Ireland to takeover and operate a substantial part of Aer Lingus’ existing route network and short-haul business. This will be the first EU airline merger which will deliver structural divestitures and multiple upfront buyers. We look forward to completing our offer for Aer Lingus subject to receiving approval from the EU competition authorities in early March”.
Hedging & Balance Sheet.
We have recently extended our fuel hedges to 75% of FY 14 at $97pbl and hedges on our fuel exposures at $1.32. At current rates our FY14 fuel cost per passenger will rise by approx. 5%, compared to a 14% increase in FY13.
A 2nd special dividend of €492m (€0.34 per share) was paid to shareholders in Q3, bringing to €1.53bn the funds returned by Ryanair to shareholders over the last five years. Ryanair’s balance sheet remains one of the strongest in the industry, with closing Q3 gross cash of €3.15bn. We expect the year end net cash to be positive despite directly owning over 70% of our fleet of 305 young Boeing 737-800s.
Outlook.
Our Q3 yields were boosted by stronger pre-Christmas bookings, while lower than expected operating costs delivered slightly better profits than forecast. However Q4 traffic (as previously guided) will drop by approx.400,000 passengers (-3%)below last year’s Q4, due to our grounding up to 80 aircraft which limits the impact of high oil prices, high airport fees at Stansted and Dublin, and seasonally weaker Q4 demand. On the basis of this improved Q3 result, our capacity cuts and limited visibility over Easter bookings and yields, (although we have seen some yield softness in January), we now expect our full year profits to exceed our previous guidance (of €490m to €520m) and rise close to €540m, a 7% increase on last year’s profits despite a 19% increase in our oil costs.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSA (msn 29916) arrivs at the London (Stansted) hub with promotional Scotland stickers.
Ryanair: AG Slide Show

Delta Air Lines launches Detroit-Sao Paulo flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (October 21) connected its Detroit hub and South America for the first time, with new nonstop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The inaugural flight departed from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport at 7:30 p.m., arriving in Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport at 8 a.m. today.

Service will operate twice weekly through December 15, when it will increase to five days each week to coincide with the start of the Brazilian tourist season.

In recent months Delta has added new service from Detroit to Seoul-Incheon and Hong Kong and expanded flights to Shanghai. Next year, Delta will begin nonstop service between Detroit and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, which will open for trans-Pacific flights for the first time in three decades.

On a year-round basis, Delta offers Detroit customers service to 158 nonstop destinations, including 28 international destinations and five in Asia.

The Sao Paulo flights will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy Class.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Royal Brunei Airlines to fly to Melbourne, Australia

Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) will add the Melbourne, Australia route on March 29, 2010. The new route will be operated with Boeing 777-200s.

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Viking Airlines ceases operations

Viking Airlines (Stockholm-Arlanda) ceased all operations on October 15.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Ryanair to close its Marseille base in January due to French taxes

Ryanair (Dublin) will close its Marseille base in January due to French taxes and social insurance requirements. Ryanair considers its employees to be Irish employees while French authorities consider the employees to be under French law. 13 routes will be dropped.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHJ (msn 33819) lands at Bournemouth.

American Airlines files for Los Angeles-Shanghai authority

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking authority to launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, beginning on April 5, 2011.

If successful, American will operate the daily nonstop service using 247-seat Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy class seats.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 777-223 ER N794AN (msn 30256) climbs gracefully from Heathrow Airport near London.

Ryanair is forced to cancel over 300 flights in Spain yesterday

Ryanair (Dublin) cancelled over 300 flights to and from and also in Spain yesterday.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSA (msn 29916) is pictured arriving at the Stansted Airport hub.