Jetstar records 29 percent increase in full year EBIT performance to AUD169 Million

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Thursday August 25, 2011 17:30
Bangkok--25 Aug--Aziam Burson-Marsteller

Jetstar today reported a record Underlying EBIT result of $169 million for the year ended 30 June 2011, an increaseof $38 million on the prior year result of $131 million. The result is 29 per cent above the prior year, driven by a 19 per cent increase in total revenue and continuing improvements in unit cost.

2011               2010         Change       %Change
Total revenue           $M 2,613       2,197         416               19
Seat factor                 % 77.8           79.2           (1.4)               (2)
Underlying EBIT     $M 169           131             38                   29

Jetstar’s result reflects the strengthening of its competitive position in the leisure travel market across Asia-Pacific. Both Jetstar and Jetstar Asia have been able to maintain growth in capacity and passengers, whilealso improving yield.

Jetstar grew overall capacity by 19 per cent in 2011. This includes growth in domestic capacity of 23 per cent, international capacity of 9 per cent and Jetstar Asia of 46 per cent. Overall passenger numbers grew 14 per cent versus the prior year.

Unit Cost (excluding fuel, adjusted for increased sector length and natural disasters) has improved by 3 per cent compared to the prior year. Jetstar’s record result was achieved despite the financial impact of weather events and natural disasters during the year. These impacted several key markets for Jetstar and thousands of customers. The total financial impact on the Jetstar segment was $85 million.

Jetstar is committed to pan-Asian and New Zealand expansion with long and short-haul growth in Singapore and New Zealand. The Jetstar Group is focused on growing its regional presence through intra-Asian expansion and the establishment of new Jetstar affiliates in key strategic locations.

Jetstar has expanded network and distribution channels with new interline and codeshare partners and by leveraging both current and prospective Asian franchise operations.
Investment in Product and Service

While focused on its low fare leadership, Jetstar also continued its investment in innovation, including in the area of airport self-service and the imminent introduction of iPads for in-flight entertainment use.

The Jetstar MasterCard, launched in late 2009, continues to go from strength to strength with over 50,000 cards now on issue. The Jetstar MasterCard remains the best value credit card with a flight reward program in Australia.

The Jetstar.com mobile website allows customers to create new bookings, change existing bookings and check their flight status. Visitor and booking numbers to the mobile version of Jetstar.com are showing strong increases.

In May 2011, Jetstar successfully relaunched its fare product range with new, simple fare options that provide more choice, flexibility and lower fares by allowing customers to select only what they need. Jetstar customers now start with the economy Starter fare (replacing JetSaver Light, JetSaver, JetFlex and JetPlus), then personalise their experience from an expanded range of options.

Media Enquiries:
Simone Pregellio Manager Corporate Communications M: +65 9651 9008
James Best Aziam Burson-Marsteller M: +66 8319 84722

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