Profits up at ANZ
Air New Zealand made a normalised pre-tax profit of NZ$332 million (US$277 million) for the 2014 financial year to June, an increase of 30 % on the previous year. Net profit after taxation was NZ$262 million, up 45%.
The carrier said that Operating revenue, capacity and yields grew across the network, while unit costs remained stable.
Chairman Tony Carter said that the result represented the third consecutive year of strong earnings growth for the airline.
“This is a result Air New Zealand can be proud of.” Carter said.
“We have made significant progress on our key strategic initiatives. With new aircraft offering better operating economics, an optimised network with the right alliance partners, disciplined cost management and a daily focus on improving the customer experience, we are very well positioned to continue growing.”
Carter said that Air New Zealand will significantly grow its capacity in the coming year, as new aircraft arrive.
“Based on our current expectations of market demand and fuel prices, we expect to improve on the 2014 result in the coming year. This outlook excludes equity earnings from the Virgin Australia shareholding,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said the result was testament to the efforts of Air New Zealanders at all levels of the organisation.
“Our team is demonstrating their passion and commitment to ensuring that Air New Zealand is performing better than ever before. A successful Air New Zealand is good for everyone – it is a virtuous circle. As we grow our revenue and control costs, we generate strong financial results which lead to sustainable returns to shareholders and investment back in the business,” Luxon said.
“We have a number of initiatives underway to further improve the customer experience, including induction of the Boeing 787-9 fleet, the refurbishment of our Boeing 777-200ER fleet, moving to new terminals and lounges in Los Angeles and London and multiple lounge upgrades across the network.”
Luxon also commented on the airline’s alliance with Singapore Airlines, which was recently granted full regulatory approval.
“This alliance is the third strategic revenue sharing alliance we have formed in recent years, following agreements with Virgin Australia (reauthorised in 2013) and Cathay Pacific in 2012. Forming alliances with the right partners in the right markets is a key pillar of our Go Beyond strategy.”
“Strong alliances such as this provide us with a platform for sustainable growth, allowing us to open up new routes and markets across the Pacific Rim,” he said.