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Norwegian reaches 30 million passengers a year, flyniki cuts service, United drops Auckland, drone hits airplane and…

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Norwegian is showing off how profoundly they have changed the trans-Atlantic business of air travel already

Passenger growth, more new aircraft and high load factors characterised 2016. The company carried almost 30 million passengers in 2016, 3.6 million more than the previous year. The company took delivery of 21 brand new aircraft and launched 34 new routes, mainly in the U.S., Spain and the UK. The 2016 load factor was 88 per cent, up from 86 per cent in 2015.

December 2016 was also characterised by passenger growth and a solid load factor. Norwegian carried 2,145,043 passengers in December, up 20 per cent from the same month last year. The capacity growth (ASK) in December was 29 per cent and the traffic growth (RPK) was 31 per cent. The load factor was 84.6 per cent, an increase of 1.3 percentage points.

airberlin subsidiary flyniki is the latest to cut service in the airberlin family – these destinations are affected

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The eliminated European routes from Vienna include Stockholm, Hamburg, Hannover, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Nice, Paris, Zurich, Rom, Milan, Alicante and Malta.

I’m flying Air Berlin next week – let’s hope my flights will actually operate!

United is cutting capacity to Auckland – there is a lot of new service there and United does not have the most competitive product with their already aging 787, plus with the Air New Zealand revenue share agreement they probably make as much money as flying by themselves

I’m doubtful the service will resume.

– Linhas Aereas de Mozambique (LAM) claims to be the first victim of a drone strike during flight – no known damage though

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