The retail lifestyle champions: Jet Airways saves face , buys new Boeings

Jet’s Q3 losses came at a low INR 1 bln as it saved up from asset sales of INR 1.7 bln and kep itself in operating profits. The jet order for 17 boeings will also help india’s Capital goods indices this month

Jet Airways ordered 737-400s and 500s for its fleet, probably exchanging out older Jet lite planes though it was its fourth straight loss since September /December 2010 conditions worsened in fuel cost overheads, wiping out gains from Jet Konect saving plans and this being their first of many sale and lease backs adopted by the Industry at Indigo and Jet Airways

On sales of INR 3437 Crs in December 2010, the airline flew 13% higher year on year and expects to keep growing sales if hikes are passed by AAAI and if no further costs imposed by DGCA action, the airline will keep posting cash profits

According to mint, CAPA revealed a loss of $30 per passenger in domestic flights in India. Kingfisher and Spicejet may not be able to hold their bottomlines to a sane number as they allow losses to reflect their financial uncertainty, demanding policy action/handouts

Godrej Properties purchase of INR 1.06 bln from the BKC premises and FX gains of INR 1.76 bln also stopped out losses but the airline bucked expectations of INRĀ 3.5 bln in losses

  • Sale and Lease back allows it to keep Debt constant and it cana lso start paying the INR 14 0 bln debt from the SLB proceeds. The 17 aircraft are on options thus guaranteed at a good price.

How to make money in Lifestyle businesses!!

Coracias benghalensis English: An Indian Rolle...
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Both Automobiles and viation industry are strongly hit by the current banking slowdown but more so because of energy and fuel costs as well as staffing costs making profits unlikely for the latter.

Both industries, however , remain the bright spot in India’s fabric of the future, leading growth segments in production and services. The car industry makes money in this unlikely scernario by passing on price hikes , with concurrent big doscounts of upto 10% while airlines wherre discounts ar part and parcel of all ticketing platforms till the d ay of travel, money ois also made in the usual charter/laundry list of udealised safety requirements as the DGCA report.

While Jet’s not running one third of its flights after announcing them because of poor occupancy, Indigo is reusing entire engines and forced to announce “premature engine removals” to keep its aircarft flight worthy. KFA reuses spares from grounded aircraft while it is avoiding paying salaries, both practices likely last

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resorts in a bind they only are responsible for. Spicejet int he meantime is yet to print or operationalise Flight operation manuals and thus does not spend much on quality assurance currently.

I’ll give you a dime, if you find this chaos live during your business/ personal last rush/ economy flight except if you have paid large diiscounts on your ticket (then also, only for certain personalities) It is mostly int he service, f course both industries spending on talent and retention in various ways

English: Logo of IndiGo Airlines.
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State Bank of India revamps Air India again

SBI revamped AIR India’s loans to an average 15 year tenure as per a recent plan approved by RBI the company alone accounts for more than half of Indian aviation’s debt overhang and over $1.5 bln of working capital and $3 bln in term loans were restructured in the latest exercise. The bank accepted CCPS issue against the working Capital loans allowing the airline to pay the bank thru redeemable cumulative preference shares, the bank still not becoming an equity holder for the sole reason that it is a government owned airline.

Air India is also getting Govt equity of $5 bln over 10 years with $1.35 bln issued this year ( we still use USDINR=50 as rupee tries to make a 48-53 range)

Something tells me that will only pay for the airline’s immediate default and its daily operational losses will continue nothing changing about the management and operational staff habits that make for the demise of the airline. In the mean time fare hikes by private airlines will happen as highly efficient companies like Jet and Indigo bleed and or resort to sale / lease back despite being anointed full service airlines liable to charging “full fares” for their service. Low fare airlines like Spicejet and premium experience jugglers like Kingfisher remain stuck in the middle, having adopted most global best practices and created sumptuous fare without being able to carry home any profit

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