Alitalia improved its operating result and cut its loss, but net debt rose 50% to $1.9b as net assets fell to $280m. Staff cuts cost $77.5m.

Cathay's net profit rose 4.1% yet turnover grew 13.4%. Gross yield fell 4.3% and available tonne km per employee rose 7.5% to 573,700.

China Airlines' revenue fell slightly and its profit plunged, partly as a result of April's A300 accident at Nagoya.

El Al increased its profits as passenger numbers rose 15.5% to 2.48m. The carrier left receivership in February after 13 years.

FedEx doubled its profit as the international operation moved to an operating profit of $25.8m after losing $18.3m in the 1993/4 third quarter.

Iberia reduced its loss but was dragged down by its $2.2b of debt: financial charges were $224m. The carrier made an operating profit of $37.4m.

Provisional parent company results show a turnaround of DM650m (US$400m) before financial items and after special depreciation of $167m.

Pretax operating profit rose 47.1% to US$148.4m and net profit 79.5%, helped by US$ 17.6m in gains from the BA alliance. Passengers increased 13.8%.

A strong Swiss franc and lower asset disposals helped slash airline operating profits from $73.8m to $5.1m, but associated companies did well.

TWA's operating loss stayed level at $279m and interest costs rose to $195m. The 1993 net result included Chapter 11 exit accounting gains.

Varig renegotiated its finances, reduced employee numbers by 3,588 and withdrew from 11 routes, helped by a stronger Brazilian real.

Revenues slumped due to fewer sales and lower prices, and restructuring charges took their toll. But Fokker expects a return to profit in 1996.

Source: Airline Business