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Old March 27th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #681
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I hesitate to post here but looking at all the graphs I wonder how the Sydney - Melbourne ( Australia ) is often mentioned as one of the busiest routes in the world ? I tend to think this news is from an Australian perspective...I mean, no one lives here....?
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Old March 28th, 2014, 03:44 AM   #682
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New Ways Airlines Avoid Turbulence


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Here's a weather forecast travelers will like: Smoother rides ahead with a chance of fewer cancellations from storms.

Airlines are installing new weather technology that will give pilots a better picture of where there's turbulence and where there's smooth air. American Airlines this month began flying its first Boeing 737 equipped with new gear to predict turbulence and identify bumpy areas that aren't severe but can cause injuries and unsettle passengers. And Southwest Airlines and United Parcel Service have been attaching water-vapor sensors to the sides of jets that lead to more accurate storm forecasts, providing better information than the National Weather Service's traditional method of sending up weather balloons.

"From day one with Orville and Wilbur [Wright], weather has always made an impact on aviation," said Kathi Durst, 737 fleet captain for American. "A lot of this is going to help avoid damaging aircraft and hurting people."

Most passengers think of turbulence as annoying, shaking airplanes and soft drinks and forcing people back into their seats. The Federal Aviation Administration says in-flight turbulence also is the leading cause of injuries to flight attendants and passengers, outside of fatal accidents. About 58 people a year are hurt in the U.S. when jets get tossed about in the sky. Fatalities are rare, but have happened, and serious injuries can be common. On Feb. 17, for example, a flight attendant hit her head so hard it cracked the ceiling of a Boeing 737 flying at 34,000 feet from Denver to Billings, Mont. A baby held in a lap was tossed into another row with only minor injuries.

Turbulence is caused when planes fly into an area where winds are blowing in a new direction, rising or falling or moving at a different speed. That causes airplane wings to suddenly lose or gain lift. It can be related to atmospheric pressure changes, jet streams, air around mountains or weather systems. And it can happen inside clouds or in clear air.

Weather-related technology is changing so fast for airlines that some think they'll be able to have a competitive advantage over rivals if they better equip their planes and pilots. "I think customers will notice a difference when we make their connection,'' said Dan O'Donnell, director of flight operations technology for United. "Maybe airline A gets there faster than airline B, and with a smoother ride."

United, like other airlines, is working to give pilots more real-time weather information on iPads in the cockpit. Currently most pilots aren't allowed to use onboard Wi-Fi systems while in the cockpit; they download information before departure on tablet computers but can't update it in the air. Some airline pilots secretly use personal devices to track weather. The FAA is moving toward putting online access into pilot electronic flight bags.

Equipping pilots with iPads, United did demonstration flights that showed savings in fuel and time. On a Denver-to-Philadelphia trip, for example, air-traffic controllers wanted to reroute the Boeing 737 to Texas to get around storms, but pilots using test iPads with real-time weather found a better route, saving 25 minutes and 2,100 pounds of fuel, Mr. O'Donnell said. "This is really one of the next big things," he said.

American says it is saving money, reducing injuries and flying smoother trips because of a product called Total Turbulence made by WSI Corp., a division of the Weather Co., which also owns the Weather Channel. The system, which American began installing a year ago, measures turbulence intensity using G-force monitors built into most big commercial jets. The data can be used to warn planes following behind or planning to fly the same route.





The technology is now onboard American's 737s, 757s, 767s and A320s, and WSI says other airlines have signed on. It automates the longtime aviation practice of pilots radioing reports of turbulence to controllers and other aircraft. Those reports are sporadic and subjective—"moderate" turbulence to one pilot may be "severe" to another, especially in a smaller plane.

"It's a way of being more precise, not dependent on ride reports," said Capt. Durst, who has led much of the airline's weather-equipment improvements.

Another help: American has been able to reduce the number of times planes that fly through turbulence have to be taken out of service to be checked for damage. Before, inspections were based on the captain's report. Now the airline can look at data from onboard monitors.

While WSI's Total Turbulence helps planes following behind, a new upgrade for onboard weather radar helps warn pilots of unknown turbulence ahead. American started taking delivery of jets with the new technology earlier in March.

The MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, made by Rockwell Collins, is the first onboard weather radar to show two levels of turbulence—severe and "ride quality," which means bumpy areas that can be flown through if passengers and flight attendants are seated and belted. Existing versions of weather radar can only identify areas of severe turbulence.

The new radar can also predict whether a flight can safely fly over the top of a thunderstorm. Such storms can grow quickly, pushing air up and creating severe turbulence in the clear air above the storm clouds.

To help forecast storms, the National Weather Service asked Southwest if it would be willing to attach special sensors and a shoebox-size instrument to its 737s. The airline quickly became convinced the data could be a big help to its own flight operations. Southwest was the weather service's pick because its planes fly all over the country rather than concentrating on trips into and out of certain hub cities. Also, Southwest jets fly many short hops and make a lot of takeoffs and landings, yielding measurements at different altitudes.

The small sensors measure water vapor in the air, giving the weather service moisture readings at different altitudes all day long. Before the sensors, data came only from weather balloons sent aloft twice a day at 100 locations around the country.

On Nov. 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, forecasters were predicting a crippling ice storm in Dallas on Monday morning. Airlines at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport preemptively canceled more than 400 flights. But Southwest meteorologists decided the storm would fizzle—not enough moisture aloft. The airline kept a full schedule.

"We called the dogs off and we didn't miss a beat," said Rick Curtis, Southwest's chief meteorologist. Instead of data from a 6 a.m. weather-balloon launch that day, Mr. Curtis had readings off Southwest jets that were only an hour old. "It's a huge advantage. If you're not flying, you're not making money," he said.

Southwest has 87 planes fitted with the water-vapor sensors. The weather service is trying to get more funding to equip additional Southwest planes and jets from other airlines.

The information is fed to the weather service, which shares it with other airlines. But because it's new, many aren't yet comfortable relying on it. United, for example, isn't using it, Mr. O'Donnell said. "The verdict is out, but I think it will be beneficial," he said.

Southwest's Mr. Curtis said the airline figures the technology has led to a 5% reduction in the impact of weather events. With a typical three-hour fog in San Diego, which happens 50 times a year, Southwest may be able to get a couple of additional takeoffs or landings in each time by better forecasting when fog will move in and move out.
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Old March 29th, 2014, 01:49 AM   #683
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Brazilian airports back to the double-digit growth:

JAN-FEB 2014 vs JAN-FEB 2013


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Aqui os dados de Jan-Fev/2014, de 27 aeroportos selecionados da lista dos administrados pela Infraero
[Não é o ranking completo não, é apenas o apurado destes 27 selecionados]





1 . RJ/Galeão - 2.968.000 ( -2,1% )
2 . SP/Congonhas - 2.854.041 ( 16,3% )
3 . BH/Confins - 1.828.662 ( 13,0% )
4 . RJ/Santos-Dumont - 1.540.832 ( 12,0% )
5 . Salvador - 1.513.231 ( -1,3% )
6 . Porto Alegre - 1.386.524 ( 11,2% )
7 . Recife - 1.212.320 ( 12,3% )
8 . Curitiba - 1.167.398 ( 28,5% )
9 . Fortaleza - 1.088.922 ( 12,8% )
10 . Florianópolis - 710.175 ( -5,2% )
11 . Vitória - 620.502 ( 6,3% )
12 . Belém - 612.487 ( 21,4% )
13 . Manaus - 566.694 ( 9,5% )
14 . Goiânia - 544.992 ( 22,3% )
15 . Cuiabá - 527.281 ( 19,2% )
16 . Natal - 450.192 ( -3,9% )
17 . Maceió - 356.497 ( -2,9% )
18 . Foz de Iguaçu - 294.924 ( 10,8% )
19 . Campo Grande - 248.406 ( -7,3% )
20 . São Luís - 247.890 ( -17,5% )
21 . Aracaju - 232.664 ( 8,2% )
22 . João Pessoa - 230.770 ( 6,2% )
23 . Navegantes - 228.906 ( 11,1% )
24 . Teresina - 187.750 ( 20,0% )
25 . Londrina - 185.447 ( 18,1% )
26 . Uberlândia - 185.318 ( 19,7% )
27 . BH/Pampulha - 143.873 ( 0,7% )


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And numbers for GRU, BSB and VCP which are now outside Infraero umbrella:

São Paulo/Guarulhos --- 6,544,000 (+17,1%)
Brasília --- 2,927,170 (+21,9%)
Campinas-São Paulo/Viracopos --- 1,650,994 (+7,62%)
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Old March 29th, 2014, 06:42 PM   #684
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Final numbers for Brazilian airports in 2013, with revised numbers and new ones added making up 103 airports. Colours standing for the Brazilian five regions:

Passengers 2013

Airport ----------------------------------- 2013 ---------- 2012 ------ Growth %

Code:
1º. São Paulo-Cumbica (SP) ------------- 35.962.000 --- 32.722.000 ---- 9,90%
2º. São Paulo-Congonhas (SP) ----------- 17.119.530 --- 16.775.770 ---- 2,05%
3º. Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (RJ) --------- 17.115.368 --- 17.495.737 --- -2,17%
4º. Brasília (DF) ---------------------- 16.610.000 --- 15.891.530 ---- 4,52%
5º. Belo Horizonte-Confins (MG) -------- 10.301.288 --- 10.398.296 --- -0,93%
6º. Campinas-Viracopos (SP) ------------- 9.295.451 ---- 8.858.596 ---- 4,93%
7º. Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont (RJ) --- 9.204.603 ---- 9.002.863 ---- 2,24%
8º. Salvador (BA) ----------------------- 8.589.663 ---- 8.811.540 --- -2,52%
9º. Porto Alegre (RS) ------------------- 7.993.164 ---- 8.261.355 --- -3,25%
10º. Recife (PE) ------------------------ 6.840.276 ---- 6.433.410 ---- 6,32%
11º. Curitiba (PR) ---------------------- 6.742.133 ---- 6.828.334 --- -1,26%
12º. Fortaleza (CE) --------------------- 5.952.629 ---- 5.964.308 --- -0,20%
13º. Florianópolis (SC) ----------------- 3.872.877 ---- 3.395.256 --- 14,07%
14º. Belém (PA) ------------------------- 3.475.611 ---- 3.342.771 ---- 3,97%
15º. Vitória (ES) ----------------------- 3.450.736 ---- 3.642.842 --- -5,27%
16º. Manaus (AM) ------------------------ 3.077.077 ---- 3.131.150 --- -1,73%
18º. Goiânia (GO) ----------------------- 3.000.592 ---- 3.076.858 --- -2,48%
17º. Cuiabá (MT) ------------------------ 2.981.025 ---- 2.761.588 ---- 7,95%
19º. Natal (RN) ------------------------- 2.408.206 ---- 2.660.864 --- -9,50%
20º. Maceió (AL) ------------------------ 1.943.437 ---- 1.719.979 --- 12,99%
21º. São Luís (MA) ---------------------- 1.815.909 ---- 1.991.099 --- -8,80%
22º. Foz do Iguaçu (PR) ----------------- 1.677.460 ---- 1.741.526 --- -3,68%
23º. Campo Grande (MS) ------------------ 1.592.471 ---- 1.655.073 --- -3,78%
24º. Porto Seguro (BA) ------------------ 1.352.611 -------- (?) ------- (?)
25º. Aracaju (SE) ----------------------- 1.343.899 ---- 1.373.401 --- -2,15%
26º. João Pessoa (PB) ------------------- 1.230.230 ---- 1.252.559 --- -1,78%
27º. Itajaí-Navegantes (SC) ------------- 1.203.561 ---- 1.277.486 --- -5,79%
28º. Uberlândia (MG) -------------------- 1.136.908 ---- 1.011.490 --- 12,40%
29º. Ribeirão Preto (SP) ---------------- 1.096.285 ---- 1.077.010 ---- 1,79%
30º. Teresina (PI) ---------------------- 1.091.242 ---- 1.044.865 ---- 4,44%
31º. Londrina (PR) ---------------------- 1.051.157 ---- 1.098.848 --- -4,34%
32º. Belo Horizonte-Pampulha (MG) --------- 989.599 ------ 774.881 --- 27,71%
33º. Porto Velho (RO) --------------------- 905.958 ---- 1.050.682 -- -13,77%
34º. São José do Rio Preto (SP) ----------- 758.513 ------ 770.569 --- -1,56%
35º. Maringá (PR) ------------------------- 728.024 ------ 757.719 --- -3,91%
36º. Macapá (AP) -------------------------- 663.524 ------ 573.560 --- 15,69%
37º. Palmas (TO) -------------------------- 576.633 ------ 579.395 --- -0,48%
38º. Santarém (PA) ------------------------ 518.920 ------ 487.168 ---- 6,52%
39º. Ilhéus (BA) -------------------------- 502.390 ------ 532.130 --- -5,59%
40º. Petrolina (PE) ----------------------- 473.482 ------ 458.588 ---- 3,25%
41º. Marabá (PA) -------------------------- 465.969 ------ 381.570 --- 22,12%
42º. Macaé (RJ) --------------------------- 442.983 ------ 431.924 ---- 2,56%
46º. Joinville (SC) ----------------------- 397.556 ------ 423.122 --- -6,04%
43º. Juazeiro do Norte (CE) --------------- 387.990 ------ 451.087 -- -13,99%
44º  Chapecó (SC) ------------------------- 387.547 -------- (?) ------- (?)
45º. Rio Branco (AC) ---------------------- 378.411 ------ 384.877 --- -1,68%
47º. Boa Vista (RR) ----------------------- 362.902 ------ 336.530 ---- 7,84%
48º. Imperatriz (MA) ---------------------- 351.403 ------ 323.940 ---- 8,48%
49º. Montes Claros (MG) ------------------- 327.872 ------ 322.734 ---- 1,59%
50º. Presidente Prudente (SP) ------------- 266.123 ------ 289.124 --- -7,96%
51º. São Paulo-Campo de Marte (SP) -------- 246.087 ------ 427.160 -- -42,39%
52º  Caxias do Sul (RS) ------------------- 236.287 -------- (?) ------- (?)
53º. Altamira (PA) ------------------------ 206.642 ------ 151.768 --- 36,16%
54º. Cascavel (PR) ------------------------ 177.432 ------ 169.478 ---- 4,70%
55º. Araçatuba (SP) ----------------------- 164.981 ------ 160.571 ---- 2,75%
56º. São José dos Campos (SP) ------------- 160.229 ------ 212.573 -- -24,62%
57º. Uberaba (MG) ------------------------- 147.345 ------ 178.056 -- -17,25%
58º. Rio de Janeiro-Jacarepaguá (RJ) ------ 145.062 ------ 151.313 --- -4,13%
59º. Campina Grande (PB) ------------------ 143.766 ------ 127.609 --- 12,66%
60º. Bauru-Arealva (SP) ------------------- 138.424 ------ 177.516 -- -22,02%
61º. Campos dos Goytcazes (RJ) ------------ 132.163 ------- 77.225 --- 71,14%
62º. Carajás (PA) ------------------------- 124.562 ------ 144.443 -- -13,76%
63º. Marília (SP) -------------------------- 75.747 ------- 92.437 -- -18,06%
64º. Cruzeiro do Sul (AC) ------------------ 70.216 ------- 73.660 --- -4,68%
65º. Criciúma (SC) ------------------------- 69.824 ------- 36.391 --- 91,87%
66º. Curitiba-Bacacheri (PR) --------------- 67.414 ------- 90.360 -- -25,39%
67º. Tefé (AM) ----------------------------- 67.137 ------- 79.624 -- -15,68%
68º. Dourados (MS) ------------------------- 63.297 -------- (?) ------- (?)
69º. Tabatinga (AM) ------------------------ 60.678 ------- 49.493 --- 22,60%
70º. Sorocaba (SP) ------------------------- 50.244 ------- 77.776 -- -35,40%
71º. Campinas-Amarais (SP) ----------------- 47.395 ------- 28.194 --- 68,10%
72º. Pelotas (RS) -------------------------- 37.731 -------- 9.965 -- 273,64%
73º. Bragança Paulista (SP) ---------------- 37.510 ------- 43.856 -- -14,47%
74º. Belo Horizonte-Carlos Prates (MG) ----- 35.921 ------- 40.435 -- -11,16%
75º. Corumbá (MS) -------------------------- 31.231 ------- 35.334 -- -11,61%
76º. Belém-Júlio César (PA) ---------------- 28.969 ------- 31.669 --- -8,53%
77º. Araraquara (SP) ----------------------- 25.048 ------- 21.709 --- 15,38%
78º. Jundiaí (SP) -------------------------- 16.605 ------- 21.031 -- -21,05%
79º. Itanhaém (SP) ------------------------- 12.897 ------- 16.677 -- -22,67%
80º. Bauru (SP) ----------------------------- 7.514 ------- 11.451 -- -34,38%
81º. Assis (SP) ----------------------------- 6.408 -------- 7.957 -- -19,47%
82º. Ubatuba (SP) --------------------------- 5.422 -------- 7.356 -- -26,29%
83º. Paulo Afonso (BA) ---------------------- 3.880 -------- 2.537 --- 52,94%
84º. Ponta Porã (MS) ------------------------ 3.802 -------- 3.288 --- 15,63%
85º. Parnaíba (PI) -------------------------- 2.922 -------- 2.831 ---- 3,21%
86º. Votuporanga (SP) ----------------------- 2.726 -------- 2.625 ---- 3,85%
87º. Franca (SP) ---------------------------- 2.326 -------- 2.105 --- 10,50%
88º. Bagé (RS) ------------------------------ 2.001 -------- 1.813 --- 10,37%
89º. Barretos (SP) -------------------------- 1.662 -------- 4.130 -- -59,76%
90º. Avaré-Arandu (SP) ---------------------- 1.595 -------- 1.253 --- 27,29%
91º. Andradina (SP) ------------------------- 1.573 -------- 2.681 -- -41,33%
92º. Uruguaiana (RS) ------------------------ 1.373 -------- 3.122 -- -56,02%
93º. Lins (SP) ------------------------------ 1.296 -------- 3.582 -- -63,82%
94º. São Manoel (SP) ------------------------ 1.218 ---------- 890 --- 36,85%
95º. São Carlos (SP) ------------------------ 1.190 -------- 1.280 --- -7,03%
96º. Tupã (SP) ------------------------------ 1.085 -------- 1.364 -- -20,45%
97º. Presidente Epitácio (SP) --------------- 1.057 -------- 1.071 --- -1,31%
98º. Piracicaba (SP) ------------------------ 1.056 -------- 5.639 -- -81,27%
99º. Penápolis (SP) ------------------------- 1.004 ---------- 698 --- 43,84%
100º. Ourinhos (SP) --------------------------- 908 -------- 1.053 -- -13,77%
101º. Dracena (SP) ---------------------------- 632 ---------- 502 --- 25,90%
102º. Botucatu (SP) --------------------------- 275 ---------- 667 -- -58,77%
103º. Registro (SP) --------------------------- 135 ---------- (0) ----- (0)

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since all airports above 10 mil. passengers per year realesed their statistics, i can post some graphs.
Do you have figures for Surabaya (SUB), Perth (PER) and I also think Hanoi (HAN) could have pass 10 million?

Maybe you could list those airports with more than 10 milion passengers (could be the top 150 in the world)?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_largest_airlines

Biggest airlines in the world by scheduled passengers carried (millions).

No. 6 and No. 10 are low cost airlines. They should be No. 1 and No. 2. Maybe one day...
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I think AirAsia Group (with its subsidiaries) will have more passengers than FR or EZY in one day, maybe Lion Air as well.

Southwest is also a LCC.
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I think the trend is towards low-cost airlines because everyone wants to save money. Easyjet and Ryanair FTW.
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Have I simply not noticed before or are the planes in the airline titles a new addition?
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Dubai announced that it had overtaken the Heathrow (LHR) in passenger traffic ... The shift of eastern holidays into April, has caused Heathrow (LHR) to lose 2.8% passenger traffic in March ... Heathrow (LHR) CEO says without the third runway LHR cannot compete globally against the best hub airports in the world … do you agree????? … http://www.airport-technology.com/ne...raffic-4213925
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Two runways are not enough. Even Athens International Airport (Greece) has two parallel runways. Two runways is no big deal any more. Serious airports have 3-6 runways!
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Two runways are not enough. Even Athens International Airport (Greece) has two parallel runways. Two runways is no big deal any more. Serious airports have 3-6 runways!
DXB is open 24hrs and has a much higher percentage of wide bodies and also have VLAs in scores. It can achieve much more with 2 runways that many other airports.
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An airliner crosses the moon's path, Monday, April 14, 2014, above Whittier, Calif., approximately one hour before a total lunar eclipse. Then, on April 29, the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a rare type of solar eclipse. In all, four eclipses will occur this year, two lunar and two solar.



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Istanbul’s Ataturk airport lured more travelers than Frankfurt and Amsterdam in the first quarter, setting the Turkish Airlines base on course to establish itself as Europe’s third-busiest air hub this year.

Ataturk, Europe’s No. 5 airport in 2013, boosted passenger numbers 11 percent to 12.4 million, edging past Frankfurt, last year’s No. 3, on 12.2 million and trumping the 11.2 million at Amsterdam, the No. 4, according to the latest traffic data.

The airport, west of Istanbul on the European side of the Bosporus, is benefiting as Turkish Airlines piles on capacity to tap local growth and build a long-haul transfer base. Should Ataturk cement its first-quarter standing, Frankfurt will find itself outside the top three for the first time since the 1960s......
more at http://o.canada.com/travel/istanbuls...third-busiest/
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Regional company Azul to buy 11 Airbus (they only operates Embraer and ATR) to debut on the international market (Campinas-Ft. Lauderdale/Orlando):

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Boas-vindas a um novo operador Airbus: AZUL - Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, que iniciará seus voos internacionais em 2015 com as aeronaves #A330 e #A350XWB



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Abu Dhabi International Airport served 4.56 million passengers during the first quarter of 2014, representing a 15.1% increase in traffic compared with the corresponding period in 2013.

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I am really liking this thread..
If we are talking about planes and airports then how we can't miss talking about the crashes. Was going through some stats and found this really interesting... Read on here
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