Aeroflot Group carried freight on both passenger and cargo aircraft in 2013. The decision by JSC Aeroflot to decommission cargo planes and focus on belly cargo operations had a significant impact on the business segment. Group companies transported 204,600 tonnes of cargo and mail in 2013, which is 8.6% less than in 2012. Cargo turnover decreased by 18.1% to 991.5 million TKM. Capacity increased by 10.2%, and the load factor decreased by only 0.5 p.p. to 64.7%.
International flights accounted for 59.5% of the total volume of cargo and mail carried in 2013 and 66.6% of turnover. A total of 121,800 tonnes of cargo and mail was carried on international flights, down by 20.5% year-on-year. The load factor on these flights was 64.4%.
Cargo and mail carried on domestic flights was 82,800 tonnes, which is 17.1% more than in 2012, and cargo turnover increased by 14.2% to 330.8 million TKM. Capacity increased by 18.8% and the load factor increased by 0.2 p.p. to 65.4%.
Cargo and Mail Carrying by Aeroflot Group, thousand tonnes
Revenue Tonne Kilometers of Aeroflot Group, billion
Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometers of Aeroflot Group, million
Nearly all Group companies saw year-on-year declines in cargo and mail volumes in 2013, with the exception of Rossiya Airlines (+3.2% year-on-year) and Donavia (+52.6% year-on-year).
Cargo and mail carrying by Aeroflot Group in 2013, thousand tonnes
Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometers of Aeroflot Group in 2013, million
Aeroflot seeks to achieve positive financial results in its cargo business to ensure long-term competitiveness in the segment. The Company has a number of competitive advantages, including a unique route network, strong safety record, a well-known brand, understanding of Russian operating conditions, commercial rights to routes, and an effective system for making freight reservations management. The Company has set up regional sales centres in order to further develop its freight business.
In mid-2013, Aeroflot decided to suspend the use of cargo aircraft and continue with belly freight operations. During 2013, the Company carried 176,500 tonnes of cargo and mail, which is 9.0% less than in 2012. Freight turnover in 2013 decreased by 18.0% to 919.5 million TKM.
Cargo and mail carried on international flights accounted for 66.9% of traffic and 70.9% of cargo tonne kilometers in 2013. Aeroflot’s international flights carried 118,000 tonnes during the year, which is 20.2% less than in 2012. Revenue load factor increased by 0.3 p.p. to 63.1%.
Cargo and mail traffic on domestic routes amounted to 58,500 tonnes, which is 26.6% more than in 2012. Domestic turnover increased by 26.0% to 267.9 million TKM. Overall domestic capacity grew by 24.8% and revenue load factor increased by 0.5 p.p. to 67.1%.