KUALA LUMPUR: Medium-haul, low-cost carrier AirAsia X Bhd's passenger load factor (PLF) remained stable at 81% in the third quarter ended Sept 30,2019, up by one percentage point on-year.
It said on Friday the number of passengers carried in Q3 was recorded at 1,488,657 passengers, down 2% on-year as compared to 1,511,625 a year ago.
“The company’s available seats per km were 8,520 million, down by 3% on-year. The company observed improved quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) progress in terms of passengers carried and PLF for 3Q19, up by 2% and one percentage point respectively, compared to the previous quarter, ” it said in a statement.
In 3Q, AirAsia X Malaysia increased flight frequencies to the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne to cater for increased demand arising from term holidays in Australia.
“Seasonal capacity management was executed on Taipei and Sapporo services in response to weaker demand during the leanest season of the year for these routes, ” it said.
AirAsia X said while no new routes were added in the third quarter, the company had a net addition of two routes as compared to the same quarter last year.
The fleet size of AirAsia X Malaysia stands at 24 A330s as at the end of September 2019.
As for AirAsia X Thailand, its number of passengers carried grew by 32% on-year in 3Q19 to 648,292 passengers.
ASK capacity increased by 48% on-year to 3,888 million in 3Q19 on the back of increased seat capacity and the addition of new routes for the past quarters, which also led to AirAsia X Thailand’s PLF declining by 10ppts to 77% this quarter.
On network, AirAsia X Thailand launched services to Fukuoka in July 2019, its fifth destination in Japan.
The fleet size of AirAsia X Thailand increased to 12 A330s as at end September 2019 following the delivery of two new A330neo aircraft in August 2019.
AirAsia X Indonesia’s fleet of two A330s have been arranged for wet lease since July 2019.
The total fleet size for AirAsia X Group is 38 Airbus A330s as at end September 2019, including six aircraft on direct third-party lease to AirAsia X Thailand.