Air India expecting better revenues in current financial year

Air India is expecting to report better revenues in Financial Year 2016-17 as compared to FY 2015-16. In fact, the company is expecting to have a total revenue of Rs. 22,521 crores as compared to the figure of Rs. 20,526.11 crores in FY 2015-16 which is an improvement of around 9.7% over the previous year.

The main reason for this increase in revenues is an improvement in capacity utilization in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKMs) by 6.8% and an increase in Passenger Carriages by 6.2% when compared to the previous year 2015-16. The Passenger Load Factor is also expected to increase by 1.2% in absolute terms i.e. from 75.6% in FY 2015-16 to 76.4% in FY 2016-17.

From November, 2015, in addition to Riyadh route, B777-200 LR was deployed on Delhi-London route (AI-161/162) and from December, 2015 on Bangalore-Delhi-San Francisco route (AI-173/174). This has helped in increasing operating utilization of B777-200 LR over 14 hours per day from November, 2015 onward.

The Government had approved a Turnaround Plan (TAP) and Financial Restructuring Plan (FRP) for operational and financial turnaround of Air India. The TAP and FRP provides equity infusion of Rs.30,231 crores upto year 2021 subject to achievement of certain milestones as laid down in the TAP and FRP. The Company has made substantial progress in both Operational as well as Financial Areas as per TAP Milestones. As a part of the Turnaround Strategy for Air India Ltd., the company, with the overall support of the govt., has initiated a number of steps in order to cut costs and losses.