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11 November 2014

Aeroflot Announces Traffic Statistics for September and 9M 2014

MOSCOW, 11 NOVEMBER 2014 – JSC “Aeroflot” (“the Company”, Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) announces operating results of the Company and Aeroflot Group (“the Group”) for September 2014 and the first nine months (9M) of 2014. 

Highlights

JSC “Aeroflot” standalone:

  • Passenger traffic in September 2014 totalled 2.15 mln, a 9.4% year-on-year increase. Passenger traffic on domestic routes increased by 32.6% year-on-year in September 2014, driven in part by increased flight frequency on high-demand routes. International traffic declined 6.2% year-on-year in September 2014, primarily due to the Company ceasing to carry passengers under block charter agreements (the least profitable passenger segment) and optimisation of carrying capacities on international tourist routes. Lower frequency flights to Kiev and the suspension of flights to Donetsk, Kharkov and Odessa as well as reclassification of flights to Simferopol as domestic were among other factors impacting international traffic.

For 9M 2014, passenger traffic totalled 17.83 mln, a 13.4% year-on-year increase.

  • Revenue passenger kilometres (“RPK”) for September 2014 totalled 6.10 bln, a year-on-year increase of 8.7%. RPKs for domestic and international flights were up 25.3% and 0.6% year-on-year respectively. For 9M 2014, the Company’s RPKs increased 11.8% year-on-year to 50.73 bln.
  • In the first nine months of 2014, the Company expanded its fleet, including 13 new Airbus A320s, three new Boeing 737-800 and six new Boeing 777-300ERs. The new factory-direct planes contributed to the ongoing modernisation of the fleet, which is now the youngest in the World[1]. In 9M 2014 four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft exited the Aeroflot fleet as their leases expired, and seven Airbus A320 family aircraft were transferred to subsidiary airlines. Changes to the Company’s fleet contributed to an increase in available seat kilometres (“ASK”) of 10.7% year-on-year in September 2014 and 12.1% year-on-year in 9M 2014.
  • The passenger load factor decreased by 1.4 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year in September 2014 to 81.3%. This was mainly due to a 5.9 p.p. decrease in the passenger load factor on routes to Southeast Asia, as the Company increased capacity on these routes while ceasing operations of Boeing 767s, replacing them with larger Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft. A significant deceleration in transit traffic from Ukraine, lower demand for leisure travel, which is sensitive to the political and economic crisis, and discontinuation of blocked-off charter flights (which have lower profitability but higher seat load factors) also contributed to the changes in passenger load factor on routes to Southeast Asia.

For 9M 2014, the passenger load factor was 79.5%, a 0.2 p.p. decrease year-on-year.

  • Flight hours of the Company’s fleet increased by 8.2% year-on-year in September 2014 and by 8.8% year-on-year in 9M 2014.

Aeroflot Group:

  • Total passenger traffic for September 2014 increased 9.2% year-on-year to 3.30 mln due to a 26.5% increase in domestic traffic. International traffic for September 2014 was down 4.3% year-on-year, due in part to restructuring of Rossiya Airlines routes and increased numbers of flights on domestic routes (amid higher passenger load factor) and the company ceasing to operate low-margin block charter flights on tourist routes.
  • Passenger traffic for 9M 2014 increased 10.5% year-on-year to 26.53 mln.
  • September 2014 RPKs increased 6.7% year-on-year to 8.58 bln, with RPKs on domestic and international flights up 19.9% and down 0.5% year-on-year, respectively. Aeroflot Group’s RPK for 9M 2014 increased 5.7% year-on-year to 69.11 bln.
  • The passenger load factor for September 2014 was 80.9%, a 0.8 p.p. year-on-year decrease. The load factor was 79.2% in 9M 2014, an increase of 0.1 p.p. year-on-year.

Other events: 

  • On 4 August 2014 Aeroflot suspended flights of Dobrolet due to sanctions imposed by the European Union on the budget carrier subsidiary.

 

The tables below provide key operating results for JSC “Aeroflot” and Aeroflot Group.

JSC “Aeroflot” standalone traffic figures

 

September 2014

September 2013

Change

9M

2014

9M

2013

Change

Passengers carried (000s)

2,150.6

1,965.4

9.4%

17,832.7

15,732.3

13.4%

Of which international

1,100.1

1,173.3

(6.2%)

9,412.3

9,331.4

0.9%

Of which domestic

1,050.5

792.1

32.6%

8,420.4

6,400.9

31.6%

Revenue Passenger Kilometres (mln)

6,102.7

5,611.8

8.7%

50,728.4

45,362.0

11.8%

Of which international

3,775.6

3,754.7

0.6%

32,187.1

30,740.7

4.7%

Of which domestic

2,327.1

1,857.1

25.3%

18,541.3

14,621.3

26.8%

Available Seat Kilometres (mln)

7,508.2

6,785.4

10.7%

63,843.6

56,944.4

12.1%

Of which international

4,789.3

4,618.4

3.7%

41,647.9

39,184.8

6.3%

Of which domestic

2,718.9

2,167.0

25.5%

22,195.7

17,759.6

25.0%

Passenger Load Factor

81.3%

82.7%

(1.4 p.p.)

79.5%

79.7%

(0.2 p.p.)

Of which international

78.8%

81.3%

(2.5 p.p.)

77.3%

78.5%

(1.2 p.p.)

Of which domestic

85.6%

85.7%

(0.1 p.p.)

83.5%

82.3%

1.2 p.p.

Flight hours for fleet (hours)

47,917

44,294

8.2%

412,797

379,526

8.8%

Cargo and mail carried (tonnes)

13,091.7

13,320.7

(1.7%)

101,605.6

132,215.1

(23.2%)

Of which international

7,004.1

7,779.8

(10.0%)

57,084.5

91,688.3

(37.7%)

Of which domestic

6,087.6

5,540.9

9.9%

44,521.1

40,526.8

9.9%

Revenue Tonne Kilometres (mln)

613.1

568.4

7.9%

5,041.7

4,796.0

5.1%

Of which international

375.5

375.0

0.1%

3,173.4

3,293.8

(3.7%)

Of which domestic

237.6

193.4

22.9%

1,868.3

1,502.2

24.4%

Available Tonne Kilometres (mln)

934.2

851.6

9.7%

7,924.4

7,432.4

6.6%

Of which international

598.9

576.6

3.9%

5,157.7

5,192.6

(0.7%)

Of which domestic

335.3

275.0

21.9%

2,766.7

2,239.8

23.5%

Revenue Load Factor

65.6%

66.7%

(1.1 p.p.)

63.6%

64.5%

(0.9 p.p.)

Of which international

62.7%

65.0%

(2.3 p.p.)

61.5%

63.4%

(1.9 p.p.)

Of which domestic

70.9%

70.3%

0.6 p.p.

67.5%

67.1%

0.4 p.p.

Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometres (mln)

63.9

63.3

0.9%

476.1

713.4

(33.3%)

Of which international

35.7

37.1

(3.8%)

276.5

527.1

(47.5%)

Of which domestic

28.2

26.3

7.2%

199.6

186.3

7.1%

 

 

 

Aeroflot Group traffic figures

 

September

2014

September 2013

Change

9M

2014

9M

2013

Change

Passengers carried (000s)

3,296.7

3,017.9

9.2%

26,530.9

24,006.8

10.5%

Of which international

1,619.6

1,692.1

(4.3%)

13,287.0

13,449.6

(1.2%)

Of which domestic

1,677.1

1,325.8

26.5%

13,243.9

10,557.2

25.4%

Revenue Passenger Kilometres (mln)

8,583.9

8,044.3

6.7%

69,108.9

65,363.0

5.7%

Of which international

5,178.2

5,204.1

(0.5%)

42,731.8

43,146.6

(1.0%)

Of which domestic

3,405.7

2,840.2

19.9%

26,377.1

22,216.4

18.7%

Available Seat Kilometres (mln)

10,609.5

9,844.1

7.8%

87,297.6

82,608.0

5.7%

Of which international

6,528.6

6,362.3

2.6%

55,037.0

54,367.9

1.2%

Of which domestic

4,080.9

3,481.8

17.2%

32,260.6

28,240.1

14.2%

Passenger Load Factor

80.9%

81.7%

(0.8 p.p.)

79.2%

79.1%

0.1 p.p.

Of which international

79.3%

81.8%

(2.5 p.p.)

77.6%

79.4%

(1.8 p.p.)

Of which domestic

83.5%

81.6%

(1.9 p.p.)

81.8%

78.7%

3.1 p.p.

Flight hours for fleet (hours)

74,006

69,222

6.9%

613,325

587,220

4.4%

Cargo and mail carried (tonnes)

14,985.3

15,930.5

(5.9%)

116,550.2

153,603.0

(24.1%)

Of which international

7,299.2

8,079.9

(9.7%)

59,238.2

94,544.9

(37.3%)

Of which domestic

7,686.1

7,850.6

(2.1%)

57,312.0

59,058.1

(3.0%)

Revenue Tonne Kilometres (mln)

840.6

794.4

5.8%

6,725.0

6,654.1

1.1%

Of which international

502.8

506.2

(0.7%)

4,127.6

4,416.9

(6.5%)

Of which domestic

337.8

288.2

17.2%

2,597.4

2,237.2

16.1%

Available Tonne Kilometres (mln)

1,260.4

1,180.4

6.8%

10,419.2

10,220.6

1.9%

Of which international

778.1

761.2

2.2%

6,561.4

6,813.2

(3.7%)

Of which domestic

482.3

419.2

15.1%

3,857.8

3,407.4

13.2%

Revenue Load Factor

66.7%

67.3%

(0.6 p.p.)

64.5%

65.1%

(0.6 p.p.)

Of which international

64.6%

66.5%

(1.9 p.p.)

62.9%

64.8%

(1.9 p.p.)

Of which domestic

70.0%

68.7%

1.3 p.p.

67.3%

65.7%

1.6 p.p.

Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometres (mln)

68.0

70.4

(3.4%)

505.2

771.5

(34.5%)

Of which international

36.7

37.8

(2.9%)

281.8

533.8

(47.2%)

Of which domestic

31,3

32,6

(4,0%)

223,4

237,7

(6,0%)

Investor enquiries

Aeroflot Investor Relations

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ir@aeroflot.ru

Media enquiries

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+7 (495) 752-90-71

+7 (499) 500-73-87

+7 (495) 753-86-39

presscentr@aeroflot.ru

Russia

Tom Blackwell

+7 (919) 102-90-64

blackwell@em-comms.com

UK/Europe

Peter Morley

+44 7927 186 645

morley@em-comms.com

North America

Quinn Martin

+1 646 629 5502

quinn@frontierpr.com

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2013, its 90th anniversary year, Aeroflot carried 20.9 million passengers (31.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 152 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.


[1] For companies with more than 100 aircraft in operation.