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Air China net profit up despite rising fuel costs
by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 31, 2017


Flag carrier Air China said its first-half net profit grew only slightly as surging jet fuel costs cut into higher revenue earned from growing Chinese travel demand.

The state-owned airline earned 3.92 billion yuan ($594 million) in the January to June period, up 3.3 percent from 3.79 billion yuan over the same stretch last year, it said late Wednesday in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed.

"Despite the influences of unfavourable factors including the oil price rebound, the group still achieved satisfactory results," the Beijing-based airline said.

Chinese carriers have benefitted from a boom in domestic and international air travel as the country's middle class spends more on leisure, but the recent bounce in fuel costs has pressured the bottom lines of the country's "big three" airlines.

Jet fuel costs surged 40.1 percent in the first half, Air China said, eroding revenue gains of 8.8 percent.

Asia's biggest carrier China Southern Airlines said this week net profit was down 11 percent in the first half compare with the same period last year, also citing jet fuel costs. China Eastern earnings jumped 34.4 percent but only because of a one-off gain from the sale of a logistics subsidiary.

On Thursday morning, Air China shares fell 3.18 percent in Hong Kong and 1.91 percent in Shanghai, where it is also listed.

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Higher fuel costs pressure Chinese airline profits
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Asia's biggest carrier China Southern Airlines said higher jet fuel costs clipped its profit in the first half, while China Eastern earnings rose but only with the help of a one-off asset sale. Net profit at state-owned China Southern dropped 11.1 percent year-on-year to 2.77 billion yuan ($420 million) in January-June, the carrier said late Tuesday in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exch ... read more

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