In a statement issued today, long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X reported that its performance in the second quarter of this year (2Q17) was better than it originally expected.
Between April and June, the carrier reported an improvement in the passenger load factor (PLF) of 80%, which was 5 percentage points (ppts) above the same period last year. At the same time, available seat kilometers (ASK) increased 26% year-on-year (y-o-y) and were 8.45 billion in the second quarter of this year.
Malaysia AirAsia X also added its first service to United States this year and now offers flights to Honolulu. When it comes to other routes, AAX has also increased frequency to its services between Kuala Lumpur and Osaka, Japan and Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, China.
The carrier didn’t add any new planes in this quarter, meaning that its fleet remained at 22 Airbus A330s.
When it comes to its associates, AirAsia X Indonesia began flying daily between Denpasar and Mumbai, via Kuala Lumpur in May, well as between Denpasar and Narita. The later started as a 4-time weekly service, but the airline increased the frequency at the end of June to seven times per week.
AAX Indonesia has two A330s.
Meanwhile, AirAsia X Thailand increased its PLF this year by 3 ppts from 89% in 2Q16 to 92% in 2Q17. At the same time, passenger numbers went up 26% in the second quarter of 2017, 26% up from the same period the year before.
Thai AAX was mainly focused on getting its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) reissued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). AOC re-certification is one of the primary requests the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has for Thailand in order to remove the red flag status it has posted due to significant safety concerns about this kingdom’s civil aviation sector.
Thai AirAsia X received its AOC, along with seven other airlines there.
AirAsia X said in a statement:
AirAsia X Thailand has been successfully recertified for its AOC by CAAT on June 12, 2017.
During this period, TAAX didn’t add any new planes and kept its fleet size at six.