Qatar Airways' strategy pays off: Airline announces $439M net profits for 2016

Published July 11th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
The Qatar Airways cargo division’s fleet is scheduled to grow by 22 aircraft by 2017. (File photo)
The Qatar Airways cargo division’s fleet is scheduled to grow by 22 aircraft by 2017. (File photo)

Qatar Airways Group has announced a QAR 1.6bn ($439m) net profit for its 2016 fiscal year ending March 31, after disclosing its financial results for the first time.

The group said its net profit margin reached 4.5 per cent, up 1.1 per cent on fiscal 2015’s QAR 374m.

Operating profit reached QAR 3bn ($823.8m) from QAR 1.1bn ($302m) the previous year, while more broadly the airline said it had recorded a compound annual growth rate of 28 per cent from its relaunch in 1997 to March 31, 2016.

“Our fiscal 2016 year was the best yet for Qatar Airways Group, and our results reflect the discipline and dedication of the more than 39,369 men and women who proudly represent our airline and its associated brands,” said chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The carrier’s revenue was up 4.3 per cent to QAR 35.6bn ($9.77bn) and it reported a 1.5 per cent reduction in expenses. Its bank balance also increased from QAR 5.5bn ($1.5bn to QAR 12bn ($3.29bn).

Qatar Airways launched 13 routes during its fiscal 2016 and was the launch customer of the Airbus A350XWB. The airline also received delivery of its 25th Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 50th Boeing 777, but said earlier this year it would be reducing the frequency of flights on some routes to cope with a shortage of aircraft.

Elsewhere, the carrier said Qatar Executive private jet division also received its first two Gulfstream G650ERs, with a further 28 Gulfstream jets on order, while its cargo division became the third largest in the world in October 2015 after increasing its world-wide tonnage by double digits.

The cargo division’s fleet is scheduled to grow by 22 aircraft by 2017.

The carrier said it planned to launch passenger routes to 17 new destinations in the 2016/2017 fiscal year, including services to Adelaide, Atlanta, Marrakech and Yerevan that have already begun.

Routes to Auckland, New Zealand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Douala, Cameroon; Helsinki, Finland; Krabi, Thailand; Libreville, Gabon; Lusaka, Zambia; Nice, France; Pisa, Italy; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Seychelles; Skopje, Macedonia; and Windhoek, Namibia are expected to come later this fiscal year.

By Robert Anderson

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