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In the midst of troubled financial markets, Airbus foresees strong ongoing demand for commercial aircraft. According to its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF), by 2030 some 27,800 new aircraft will be required to satisfy future robust market demand. The combined value of the over 26,900 passenger aircraft (above 100 seats) and more than 900 new factory built freighters forecast by the GMF is US$3.5 trillion.
The number 13 is often called unlucky 13 and connected with superstitious mishaps. There are several hotels and tall buildings that do not have the 13th floor, but there are also several airlines that do not have the 13th seat row. Below is a list of the main ones.
Flight Attendants are Stripped and Inspected for Breast Implants: are Afraid the Implants will Explode30. august. 2011 16:04 | Commercial Aviation
It’s not easy to become a flight attendant at Garuda Indonesia which is the flag carrier of Indonesia. They have them undergo strict physical examination where they are made to strip and their breasts are inspected for breast implants.
The Freedoms of the Air are international commercial aviation agreements that grant airline the right to enter and land in countries other than their home country. There are generally considered to be 9 Freedoms of the Air.
The actor did not bother to use the lavatory when traveling on Air France-KLM flight from Paris to Dublin. Instead he urinated on the aircraft floor in front of passengers and flight attendants who were obviously not pleased.
Photos have leaked on the internet which shows a Cathay Pacific flight attendant having intercourse with a captain. The incident is taken very seriously by the airline as 300 passengers were onboard the flight.
Airlikes.com is a new air travel information and reviews website. With more than 1,400 airlines and over 4,000 airports in its database, airlikes.com allows its visitors to find information and share their experiences of their flights or experiences at airports.
The Skytrax World Airline Awards is one of the post prestigious awards in the aviation industry, just as the Skytrax World Airport Awards are in the airport industry. The rankings are based on passenger surveys and rank the best cabin staff, airport, airline, airline lounge, in-flight entertainment, on-board catering, and several other elements of air travel.
Below is a table showing how much the major airlines in the US are charging in baggage fees and how much they made in revenues from baggage fees in 3rd quarter of 2010. American Airlines seems to be the most expensive while Southwest the cheapest. Delta Air Lines in making by far the most from the baggage fee while Southwest the least.
Southwest has more than 3,400 daily departures.
In March 2011, Southwest Airlines ranked fourth on Fortune's World's Most Admired Company list and is the highest ranking commercial airplane
SkyTeam is the youngest and the second largest airline alliance in the world in terms of both passengers carried and members. It was founded in 2000 by Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air and has since grown to 13 carriers from four continents.
AirTran Airways is an Orlando based low-cost carrier founded in 1993 as ValueJet, but later rebranded as AirTran after series of incidents and accidents. The low-cost giant operates only 2 types of aircrafts, 737-700 and 717-200. Out of the 126 Boeing 717-200 in service today, AirTran operates 86 of them. The airline was acquired by Southwest Airlines in May, 2011. AirTran has a fleet of 138 aircrafts, 69 destinations and over 1,000 daily flights.
Oneworld is one of the three big airline alliances. The alliance was formed in 1999 by American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. Today, there are 12 full members with combined fleet of almost 2,500 aircrafts and transport 335 million passenger each year. Oneworld has 19 affiliates and 2 pending members.
Star Alliance was founded by Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and United Airlines in 1997 as the world’s first airline alliance. The Alliance is the biggest airline alliance in the world with 27 members, over 600 million passengers carried annually and 21,000 daily departures.
Flying to 30 destinations around the world, Virgin Atlantic's six million passengers all have their own individual demands and requests. Following a recent survey of over 3,000 of our cabin crew, Virgin Atlantic has compiled a selection of the strangest, most unusual requests received over the years. The survey revealed that the requests heard most frequently by the crew are "please can you open the window?" and "can you show me to the showers?" but the survey also revealed a few more unique examples.
We have earlier written about the increased competition airlines are facing from high-speed trains. Ryanair recently announced that they would pull out of the Madrid – Valencia route due to the new AVE high-speed train service between the two cities.
Below is an interesting graph which shows the average price for an airline ticket from 1995 to 2010. While most of us have the feeling that ticket prices are constantly rising, the graph shows that they have only increased by about 15 percent.
The aviation industry financial statistics depend heavily on the prices of jet fuel. IATA recently cut estimated profit for airlines for 2011 in almost half due to rising fuel prices. From the graph we can see that jet fuel prices tripled from 2004 to 2008. Fuel priced decreased in 2009 but have been rising again since 2010 and are expect to continue to rise in 2011.
Airbus has had a fair success with orders for A350 specially considering the aircraft is not scheduled to fly until 2012. The A350 will be more fuel efficient than other aircraft in its class and will allegedly have a much lower operating cost. The wide-body aircraft will compete with the Boeing 777 and 787.