Air China and its subsidiaries maintained growth in combined passenger traffic (measured by revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) in September compared with a year ago but recorded a decline compared to the previous month.
Passenger capacity (measured by available seat kilometres (ASK) and passenger traffic recorded a year-on-year increase of 7.9% and 6.3% respectively.
For domestic routes, passenger capacity and passenger traffic increased by 8.6% and 4.9%, respectively, compared with the corresponding period last year.
For international routes, passenger capacity and passenger traffic increased by 7.2% and 8.2%, respectively, as compared to the corresponding period last year.
Passenger capacity on regional routes increased by 2.6%, and passenger traffic recorded an increase of 11.0% from a year ago.
The overall passenger load factor was 79.9%, representing a decline of 1.2 percentage points from last year.
The passenger load factor for domestic routes dropped by 2.9 percentage points while the passenger load factor for international and regional routes saw an increase of 0.7 and 6.0 percentage points, respectively.
The company launched a Beijing-Jakarta route (four times a week) on 26 Sep and a Beijing-Athens route (twice a week) on 30 Sep.
Cargo and mail traffic (measured by revenue freight tonne kilometres (RFTK) and freight tonnage carried recorded an increase on both a year-on-year basis and a month-on-month basis.
Cargo capacity (measured by available freight tonne kilometres (AFTK) increased by 9.9% year-on-year.
Cargo and mail traffic increased by 14.6% and the volume of cargo and mail carried rose by 7.3% as compared to the corresponding period last year.
The cargo load factor was 58.1% - a year-on-year growth of 2.4 percentage points.
In September, the group introduced seven aircraft in total, including one B787-9, one B737-800, one B737-700, two A330-330s, two A320 series aircraft and retired one B737-800 aircraft.
As at the end of September, the group operated a fleet of 643 aircraft, including 253 self-owned aircraft, 184 aircraft under finance lease and 206 aircraft under operating lease.