Icelandair traffic increased

Icelandair carried 94.322 passengers in November, an increase of 15,3% from November 2004. The capacity (ASK) in November increased by 3,2% compared to the same month last year and sales (RPK) increased by 14,7%, resulting in passenger load factor of 74,6%, up by 7,4 percentage points from last year.

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Euopean Airlines reported 8.6% traffic increase

The Association of European Airlines reported a traffic growth of 8.6% in November 2005 while capacity increased by 4.8%; resulting in a load factor of 73.7%. Continued high growth of 13.6% was reported for the Far Eastern market, an above-average increase of 9.5% in cross-border Europe, and 4.1% for the North Atlantic market.

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IATA member November traffic up 2.8%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced traffic results to the end of November 2005. Freight traffic for November showed 2.8% growth over 2004, while passenger traffic grew at 6.1%. For the first 11 months of the year, freight recorded 2.8% growth while passenger traffic was up 7.7%. Passenger load factors for November were 73%. When adjusted for seasonality, November load factors improve to 77.1%, the highest level since December 2003.

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Southwest 737-700 veered off runway in Chicago

Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1248 was involved in an accident at Chicago Midway Airport while the 737-700 was landing. The aircraft veered off the runway onto Central and 55th Avenues, beyond the northwest corner of the runway. Flight 1248 was scheduled for a 2:55 p.m. CST departure out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but the aircraft’s departure was delayed until 4:50 p.m. CST because of weather. The flight arrived at Chicago Midway at 7:15 p.m. CST, after circling the Chicago Midway Airport for approximately 35 minutes. Two vehicles were involved when Southwest aircraft N-471 veered off the runway. A six-year-old boy in Read more

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AirAsia initiates total fleet renewal with Airbus A320

AirAsia has initiated a total fleet renewal with the delivery of the first of sixty A320s. The A320s will over time completely replace the Boeing 737-300 fleet currently operated by the AirAsia Group (comprising AirAsia in Malaysia, Thai AirAsia in Thailand and AWAIR in Indonesia). AirAsia holds options to purchase a further 40 A320s under an agreement signed with Airbus in March 2005. All A320 aircraft will be powered by CFM-56-5B engines from CFM international.

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Cathay Pacific to strengthen Europe connections with daily service to Rome

Cathay Pacific Airways will commence daily service between Hong Kong and Rome, starting 27 March 2006. The airline also announced the launch of two other new services to Europe – to Moscow and Manchester, England, which will start 27 March 2006. The new services follow Cathay Pacific’s biggest order for new aircraft, intended to increase the frequency of flights, connections and add new destinations from its Hong Kong hub. The airline ordered 16 Boeing 777-300ER long-range jets, with purchase rights for 20 more, plus three Airbus A330-300s for regional routes.

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