Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Airline magazines are flying high with a 14% increase in readership in the past year, the latest results from Roy Morgan Research show. In 2013, 841,000 Australians read at least one airline magazine in an average month—over 100,000 more readers than in 2012.  

Qantas’ inflight magazine The Australian Way looks set to crack the half-million mark after scoring a 15% rise from 430,000 monthly readers in 2012 to 496,000 in the 12 months to December 2013.  

After reaching 282,000 monthly readers earlier in the year, Virgin’s offering Voyeur finished 2013 with an average of 257,000, up 4% on its 2012 results

But Jetstar Magazine scored the year’s biggest annual proportion gain: up 18% to 214,000 average monthly readers.

Double-digit growth for the Qantas and Jetstar publications landed each among the top 10 fastest growing magazines in the country for 2013.

In-flight Magazine Readership Trend:

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January 2011 to December 2013: rolling 12 months by quarter, Australians 14+ average n = 51,653

Tim Martin, General Manager - Media, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Despite the pressure the airline industry is under, airline magazines are growing, and continuing to reach a lucrative audience.

“25% of people who earn over $250,000pa read an airline magazine in an average month; of these, the vast majority read Qantas: The Australian Way.  

“Airline magazine readers are 86% more likely than the average Australian to intend to buy a new car in the next year, with preferences tending towards purchasing the luxury car brands such as BMW, Lexus and Volvo.

“The strong performance of the travel magazine category and its skew towards male readership (60% of readers are men) is consistent with recent readership growth in titles targeted towards men.”

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