Despite the increasing fuel prices due to its increasing demand and unit revenues, Turkish Airlines posted profit from main operations of USD 1 billion 149 million, in the first 9 months of 2018.
The airline managed to increase both passenger and cargo revenue significantly, achieved a total revenue of approximately $4 billion in the third quarter of the year. With such remarkable performance, sales revenue in the first nine months increased by 20 per cent to $9.9 billion, compared to the same period of 2017.
Continuing its uninterrupted profitable growth performance, Turkish Airlines managed to increase its net profit by three times in the first 9 months of the year and completed this period with a net profit of $755 million.
In the first nine months of 2018, EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent), which is used as a cash generation indicator, increased by 16 percent to $2.8 billion, with an EBITDAR margin of 28 per cent.
Commenting on this brilliant success, Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, M. İlker Aycı said, “We are delighted and proud to announce our third quarter results of this year, in which we put great emphasis on strengthening and improving the infrastructure conditions we have. We would like to thank all our passengers, employees, business partners and stakeholders who have contributed to this important achievement.
“Despite the various regional and sectoral conditions that we have encountered especially in last few years, the persevering attitude we displayed has been the source of our steady rise. Today, with our significant investments, impressive growth figures and numerous successes we achieved, we continue to strengthen our prestigious position in the global aviation industry. As being one of the primary prides of our country, we are sure that this momentum will continue increasingly after moving to our new home, Istanbul Airport, as well.”
Turkish Airlines, which has strengthened its identity as a leading global airline with its extensive flight network, is operating flights to 49 domestic and 255 international destinations, a total of 304 destinations in 122 countries, along with Freetown, Samarkand, Krasnodar and Moroni routes which were opened this year.
The fleet of Turkish Airlines, one of the youngest and most modern in the world, operates a total of 329 aircraft, comprising 217 narrow body, 92 wide body and 20 cargo aircraft, as of today. Investing in the most advanced and environmentally friendly new generation aircraft, Turkish Airlines aims to reach a fleet of 475 aircraft by 2023.