SINGAPORE: First quarterly loss in six years for SIA

Singapore Airlines has posted its fi rst quarterly loss since 2003, with a S$307.1 million (US$212.6 million) loss that compared to a S$358.6 million profit in the fiscal first quarter of 2008-09. The global economic downturn, swine flu and unfavorable fuel hedges dragged the carrier into the red. Group revenue during the quarter ended 30 […]


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Singapore Airlines has posted its fi rst quarterly loss since 2003, with a S$307.1 million (US$212.6 million) loss that compared to a S$358.6 million profit in the fiscal first quarter of 2008-09. The global economic downturn, swine flu and unfavorable fuel hedges dragged the carrier into the red.

Group revenue during the quarter ended 30 June dropped 30.5 per cent to S$2.87 billion while expenses were reduced 15.8 per cent to S$3.19 billion. A S$287 million loss on fuel hedges partially off set the S$1.14 billion it saved on fuel prices compared to last year. Operating loss of S$319.3 million represented a reversal from the S$343.2 million earned in the year-ago quarter.

The passenger airline segment suff ered a S$271 million operating loss in the quarter, compared to a S$265 million profit last year. SIA Cargo lost S$104 million compared to a S$5 million profit a year earlier, SIA Engineering made S$12 million, down down 25 per cent year-on-year and its regional carrier SilkAir lost S$3 million compared to a S$10 million profit in the same quarter a year earlier.

SIA said it has initiated measures that will result in S$60 million in employee cost savings in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2010. The company said that if the “adverse business conditions” currently facing airlines continue, it will report a full-year loss.