Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X says it is on track to record its first full-year profit since publicly listing in 2013 after recording a modest third quarter net result of RM11m ($US2.49m).Global publicity about a safety incident in Australia did not stop AirAsia X boosting revenue by 24 per cent, to RM982m, in its third quarter ending September 30.The RM11 million net profit was a significant improvement on a loss f RM288.2 m in the same period last year while an RM50.8m operating profit was up 263 per cent.“Year-To-Date profit for AAX stands at RM 191.5 million and is on track to record its first full year profit since listing,’’ the airline said in its profit announcement.The company gained from 54 per cent year-on-year increase in scheduled flight revenue, a 50 per cent growth in ancillary income and a 34 per cent boost to operating lease income.Passenger numbers for the quarter were up 35 per cent on a year ago and the load factor rose 3 percentage points to 78 per cent despite a 34 per cent increase in the number of seats.Lower fuel prices helped to cut unit costs by 16 per cent and average fares rose 14 per cent year-on-year due largely to healthy demand from China and North Asia as well as improved connectivity on Fly-Thru routes.“We are pleased that despite a weak travelling season and increased capacity, we managed to deliver a humble net profit which attests to the commercial viability of the long-haul low-cost model,’’ AirAsia X group chief executive Kamarudin Meranun said in the airline’s profit announcement. “However, much work still needs to be done and the team are focused and committed to ensure positive growth amid these challenging environment.“The third quarter for Malaysia AirAsia X (“MAAX”) have seen great capacity injected amounting to 10 per cent out of the 32 per cent planned for the whole year. This was to set the tone for future quarters especially the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, both historically strong quarters.”Australia continued to be highest revenue contributor to the Malaysian operations — accounting for 33 per cent of total revenue and 53 per cent of year-on-year growth — as the carrier boosted frequency out of Sydney and the Gold Coast.Malaysia AirAsia X chief executive Benyamin Ismail said the airline was benefiting from a weaker currency environment that had led to local customers to trade down when going on vacation and boosted interest from other nationalities looking at Malaysia as a value-for-money holiday destination.“The destinations that we fly to are more appealing compared to higher currency destinations such as Europe and North America,’’ he said.AirAsia X said its Thai joint venture recorded a strong 85 per cent load factor in the third quarter, up 14 points from a year ago, and it was focusing on turning around the airline.Indonesia AirAsia X remained suspended after the termination of Sydney and Melbourne services from September 1 “as part of a network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiencies at IAAX before resuming operations again’’.
“She was very loving,” Abril said. “She always would come up, and she wouldn’t give me one hug, she would give three or four hugs.” With shoulder-length dark-blond hair, Angelica was bubbly, outgoing and a bit of a tomboy. Passing by a teacher, Angelica would sometimes say that she hoped to be in that teacher’s class next year. “She definitely got out there and just mixed with the whole crowd at recess; she just had a big personality,” Abril said. The principal said that at school events, she always saw Angelica with her grandfather, Burton. He took Angelica to the father-daughter dance in February, just as he had the year before, Abril said. A man of medium height with neatly groomed hair, Burton was dedicated to his granddaughter. Angelica and her fellow pupils performed in two patriotic assemblies an hour apart on April27. Burton was there for both. “I think what is so shocking for us is we all knew her grandfather, too, and he was very paternal toward her, very supportive toward her,” Abril said. Neighbors said the Burtons were facing eviction, and Abril said the family’s car was recently destroyed. Sheriff’s investigators confirmed that Burton was in financial difficulty, and they think that led him to commit the murder-suicide. Gene White, 58, was a friend of Burton, whom he said used to work as a hardware salesman. Crystal Burton, Angelica’s mother, had health problems, White said. Like his granddaughter, Burton was a friendly and charismatic soul who looked out for the underdog and loved to greet strangers, White said. “Every time I talked to him, it was `Angelica this, Angelica that’ – he lived for Angelica,” White said. With her daughter Paisley, 5, by her side, and tears welling up in her eyes, Michele Perez sat on the grass Thursday in front of votive candles and stuffed animals left on the doorstep of the family’s home. “They were really, really close,” Perez said. “He was very, very protective of her, making sure she looked both ways before crossing the street.” Paisley and Angelica would often swim together at the River Ranch pool, and Paisley remembered how they used to share goggles. Paisley and the children in Angelica’s class have been told that their friend is now an angel, like her name. Paisley seems to have taken that to heart. “I wish I had wings,” she said. alex.dobuzinskis @dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Richard Boyd Burton sat in the front row a week ago at an assembly at his granddaughter’s school, watching her sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” Angelica Maldonado, 8, and her grandfather, Burton, 52, attended all the school events together. And as always, on Monday, Burton was at Valley View Elementary to pay for a week’s worth of school lunches for his granddaughter. Then on Tuesday, driven by what investigators say was despair over his financial situation, Burton fatally shot Angelica; his daughter, Crystal Marie Burton, 24; and then himself, authorities said. The shocking murder-suicide has left neighbors grieving in Canyon Country’s River Ranch town-home community, where a makeshift shrine has been placed in front of the Burtons’ door. Teachers and children who knew Angelica at Valley View are grieving, too, remembering a girl known for her bubbly energy and giant personality. Psychologists counseled her classmates Wednesday. Principal Gayle Abril told the children that a person’s life is like a book in the library – some are long, and some are short. “Angelica’s book would be a very good book, but it wouldn’t have a lot of pages,” Abril said. One-on-one counseling was given to three girls who discovered Angelica’s body lying in her bed Tuesday night when they looked through a window into her room. Angelica’s classmates cried when they heard of her death.