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|1st Quarter Results 2015|
THREE MONTHS RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT
International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) today (April 30, 2015) presented Group consolidated results for the three months to March 31, 2015.
Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:
“IAG made an operating profit of €25 million compared to a €150 million operating loss last year. This is IAG’s first ever quarter 1 operating profit in what is traditionally the weakest quarter of the year. There was a strong improvement both at a Group level and with all three airlines.
“At constant currency, revenue was up 3.7 per cent with passenger unit revenue down 0.8 per cent. In particular, there was a consistent positive performance in our key North American market.
“We achieved a strong unit cost performance with non-fuel unit costs down 2.7 per cent and fuel unit costs down 11.0 per cent, at constant currency. As before, fuel costs benefitted by operating more efficient aircraft and lower fuel prices though hedging and significant currency headwinds reduced the positive impact of lower oil prices.
“Cost discipline across our airlines continued through increased productivity and supplier cost savings, enabling us to improve our operating margin while growing capacity by 5.0 per cent.”
At current fuel prices and exchange rates, IAG expects in 2015 to generate an operating profit in excess of €2.2 billion. The rate of profit improvement in quarter 2 will be slower than in quarter 1, due to the timing of Easter, and an adverse year-on-year fuel price in this quarter (net of fuel and currency hedging).
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