New Airbus A321 aircraft ordered by Air Macau due to start operating in 2013

7 September 2012

The two new Airbus A321 aircraft ordered by Air Macau are expected to start operating in February and March, 2013, the chairman of the airline, Zheng Yan, told English-language newspaper Business Daily Thursday.

On the sidelines of the announcement of a new route to Changsha, the capital of the Chinese province of Hunan, Zheng Yan said that negotiations with airbus were still underway with a view to buying a further two aircraft of the same model, to be delivered in 2014.

A321s have a capacity for 178 passengers and the chairman of air Macau told the newspaper that the new airplanes would help the company’s business, “which has been quite good this year,” and he projected a year-on-year 20 percent rise in profit .

Zheng noted that the number of passengers had grown 8-10 percent this year against the same period of last year and that its load factor had increased by between 3 and 5 percent.

Macau’s flagship airline posted losses for five consecutive years, which totalled 857 million patacas (US$107.3 million), before returning to profit of 231.9 million patacas in 2010. (macauhub)