Airline Weekly Lounge

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 57: South African Airways Is Troubled

September 27, 2016

South African Airways finally published its fiscal year results for the 12 months ending March 2015. Yes, that’s 2015. And the result—a $442m net loss—wasn’t worth the wait. But with the Ebola scare and high oil prices now in the past, how is the airline doing today? The short answer: We’re not too encouraged. But its competitor Comair is doing pretty well.

Kenya Airways seems to be on the mend. Unfortunately, Fastjet is skidding. Meanwhile in Asia, Singapore Airlines reported some ominous load factors and Cathay Pacific continues to endure severe revenue erosion. Not nearly as severe, but still surprisingly bad, is the revenue situation in the transatlantic market, where that cash cow is now wobbling. And in the U.S., two very successful carriers, Spirit and Frontier, face a surprisingly long list of challenges.

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