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Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!

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We bring you the “Domestic Airlines Report Card for India” for the month of January, 2017. We take a look at the Number of Passengers carried, Market Share of Each Carrier, Passenger Load Factor and others. (Here is the Report Card for December, 2016).


Passengers Carried and Market Share

The total number of passenger carried during the month of January, 2017 stood at 95.79 lakh compared to 76.55 lakh during the same month of the previous year. This resulted in a growth of +25.13% (YoY).
Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!
Indigo’s market share fell below the 40% mark while Air Asia for the first time broke the 3% ceiling. Indigo’s erstwhile rival Spicejet continues to maintain a constant 12.6% average market share.
Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!
Indigo Airlines  – announced Sharjah as its 6th international destination and 43rd overall destination in its schedule. The new flights launched were non-stop flights on Sharjah-Kozhikode, Muscat-Kozhikode effective March 20th 2017 and Sharjah Thiruvananthapuram effective 08 April, 2017.
On the Domestic front, Indigo added 20 new flights to cities with high demand and expanding potential connecting Hyderabad and Chandigarh; Chennai and Chandigarh; Chennai and Hyderabad; and Chennai and Kochi effective February 20, 2017.
Speaking on the addition of the new destination, Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said:

We are extremely pleased to expand our international network with Sharjah and an additional connection between Muscat and Kozhikode. Middle-East has been an important market for IndiGo and expanding operations to Sharjah and Muscat is a testament to the growing demand from the sector. We are hopeful that these new flights will prove to be immensely popular amongst flyers.
It gives me immense pleasure in announcing these new flight frequencies. The new flights not only strengthen domestic and international connectivity of our services, but also helps us better serve increased demand in growing markets. We are hopeful that these new flights will provide affordable and unmatchable travel experience to our passengers across India and beyond


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Indigo which had a total of 14 A320 neos did not receive any new A320 neos in January. Rather it was Go Air which in fact received its 5th Neo of the 144 ordered.
This is what the company had to say on the A320 neo during its earnings call:

Firstly, the good news is that we are seeing fuel burn savings with the new engine of about 15%, up from 14% that I had reported earlier and in some ways that is the multi-billion dollar bet that we took on the Neo engine.
So as Pratt & Whitney mentioned on its earnings calls last week, there are certain issues with the combustion chamber lining, as a result of which we are not getting the engine life that we had originally expected. Now there is a redesign that Pratt is implementing to fix this.
Pratt also talked about an issue with the oil seal where they have seen some failure. Pratt is working to correct that as well. There was an issue with the production of the fan blades which created some delays in the delivery of the engines and Pratt has informed us that they are addressing this problem and the productions are coming back on line. In the meantime, we are getting the support that we need both operational and technical from both Airbus and Pratt including the spare engines that we need to mitigate this impact on us.
The very first issue was around motor to start time that it was taking which was much higher than what we would see in the engines that were on our Ceos. That has got resolved. So they had given a certain plan – there was a software patch that was supposed to come in, in June which it did and then there was something else that was supposed to get fixed by October which happened. The fan blade production of course we had seen earlier, so now that is coming back on track. So as and when these issues are coming up, they are working to resolve it.

Indigo’s passenger traffic stood at 38.09 lakh compared to 27.26 lakh during the same month of the previous year. This resulted in a growth of +39.73% (YoY).

Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!

Two more join the 6E family making us a 128 fleet strong carrier 🙂 #A320neo pic.twitter.com/FXMln34u3k

Passenger Load Factor

Passenger load factor, or load factor, measures the capacity utilization of public transport services. It is generally used to assess how efficiently a transport provider “fills seats” and generates fare revenue.
Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!

Cancellations

The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of January, 2017 has been 1.1%. The Overall cancellation rate is generally influenced by bad weather, unfavorable flight conditions, low visibility, conditions at airports etc.
Close to 50% of the cancellations in January was due to bad weather.
Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!

This is how the Cancellation Rate has been over the past 12 months:

Airlines Passenger Growth At 25.13%, Indigo Faces New Challenges With The Neos!

Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)

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  • Aman says:

    Thanks Deepak, for your monthly report on airline performance. Have been an investor in Spicejet for 2 years now and doubled on my position after last weeks results (Q3-FY17). Your studies month after month help hugely in reiterating my view to invest in Spicejet. I believe Spicejet delivers THE BEST operating performance amongst all domestic airlines (better than Indigo), and at almost at 35% of valuation of Indigo make Spicejet the right stock pick!!