Friday, September 24, 2010

How Asian Airlines Lead The Global Airline Recovery: An Insight

image Asia has definitely taken the lead in the road to recovery as far as the Aviation industry is concerned with Asian airlines leading the way to a stronger recovery than their global peers amid rising passenger and cargo volumes helped by the economic slowdowns in Europe and the United States. Global aviation industry's umbrella body IATA in its latest industry outlook has projected a global profit of $8.9 billion in 2010 for the Airline industry as a whole with airlines in the Asia-Pacific region leading the race with maximum profits to the tune of a $5.2 billion this year compared with $3.5 billion in North America, $one billion in Latin America, $400 million in the Middle East and $100 million in Africa.

In March, the Montreal-based organization, which represents 230 airlines and 93 per cent of passenger air traffic, predicted a 2010 loss of $2.8 billion U.S. for its members but in June, it revised that upwards to a modest profit of $2.5 billion U.S.

"Asia-Pacific carriers continue to benefit from strong regional growth," the IATA said, adding that the Asian economy, excluding Japan, is expected to grow by 7% this year, with China outpacing that with a forecasted 9.9% expansion.

One of the major factors contributing to the rise of the Asian airline industry is the fact that consumer spending in the North America and Europe has been falling in the recent past and is not expected to pick-up any time soon, joblessness was high and consumer confidence has also been on a regular decline.

The strong improvement in Asian airline profits has been based on strong market growth and yield gains. The 23.5 per cent improvement in high volume intra-Asia premium traffic, due to a surge in business travel, was another of the driving factors, the IATA said while renewed buoyancy in air freight markets was also important for airlines in this region, where cargo can represent up to 40 per cent of revenues.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Rise And Rise Of The Indian Markets


There is no doubt that India as a preferred investment destination is gaining more and more acceptance with each passing day. India is now seeing inflows from all corners of the globe, be it global macro funds, hedge funds or exchange-traded funds. India's rise has not made investors across the globe happy but has also been acknowledged by the 'Global Governance 2025' jointly issued by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) of the US and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) ranking India as the third most powerful country in the world after the US and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after the US, China and the European Union.

Of course there are other important factors like climate change, ethnic and regional conflicts, new technology, and the managing of natural resources in order to rate a country's resurgence but none is as important as the economic might. And talking of economic might, Indian markets have been on a high for a long time although a little subdued in 2008 owing to the global economic crisis but have been picking up steam since then and now almost on cruise control as Indian shares gained today to close at their highest level in 32 months amid huge inflow of funds from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) pushing the benchmark Nifty above 6,000 level, for first time since January 17, 2008. Even the Sensex joined the party by hitting 20,000 levels. The manner in which the Sensex has gone from 8,000 to 20,000 must has taken even the most optimistic of the lot by surprise but even the country's the finance minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee expressed happiness over the Sensex crossing the 20,000 level.

The BSE Sensex has risen close to six per cent over the last two weeks and reached a 34-month high of 19,600 during this time, and foreign institutional inflows too have been strong. FIIs have invested Rs 7,862 crore in the net in equities during the last week.

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