Passenger traffic at Munich Airport rises to new all-time high of 44.6 million

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Take-offs and landings up 2.6% to over 400,000

Munich Airport’s dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline’s bankruptcy, the increase would have been even bigger. Another record is reported by the airfreight segment, which achieved a total turnover of around 379,000 tons in 2017 – a 7 percent gain over the previous year.”These are outstanding traffic figures, especially when we consider the turbulence the aviation industry is currently experiencing. The massive increases once again underscore our airport’s importance as one of the leading air transportation hubs in Europe,” said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport.

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France’s Armée de l’Air Welcomes First C-130J Super Hercules

ORLÉANS, France, Jan. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Florence Parly, France’s minister of the Armed Forces, officially welcomed the country’s first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Armée de l’Air’s 62st Transport Wing with a ceremony at Orléans-Bricy Air Base today. Government officials from France and the United States also attended the ceremony, along with representatives from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).

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Aer Lingus ranks amongst highest globally for On Time Performance

  • Aer Lingus has ranked 3rd most punctual airline in Europe, 7th mainline airline globally and 10th of all airlines Worldwide for 2017
  • High rankings achieved across both long haul and short haul networks including the 9th busiest route in the world between London Heathrow and Dublin.

London, UK, 16th January 2018: Aer Lingus has been ranked amongst the highest performing airlines worldwide for on time performance (OTP). Concluding a year that saw dedicated focus on on-time performance as a result of guest feedback, Aer Lingus has ranked 3rd most punctual airline in Europe, 7th mainline airline globally and 10th of all airlines Worldwide for 2017 with an OTP score of 84.46% by global provider of digital flight information, OAG.

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BookPick: Winter Selection

BookPick: Winter Selection

by BigJules

As this new year begins here’s a trio of books that caught my eye. They’re all very much sea-focused so whether you’re a student of the role of the British Navy 1793-1815, drawn to great epic tales of survival or seeking to learn more about navigation at sea I think there’s something that will appeal. And as a bonus I have a copy of ‘The Endurance’ to give away. Just email julian@julianstockwin.com with your postal details and ‘Giveaway’ in the subject line. Deadline for entry: January 23.

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Leonardo to lead OCEAN2020 program, the first and most important European Defence Agency research tender for naval surveillance technology

 OCEAN2020, a European Defence Fund initiative, will boost technological research in the naval domain also by the integration of unmanned platforms in surveillance and interdiction missions
 Leonardo is a leader in systems integration and will lead a team of 42 partner companies including Saab, Safran, PGZ and MBDA, research bodies such as NATO CMRE and the defence ministries of five countries
 The first operational demonstration will take place in 2019 in the Mediterranean Sea. The demo will involve Leonardo’s ‘Hero’ and ‘Solo’ unmanned helicopters, naval vessels and systems from a number of partners, including Italian Navy’s vessels equipped with Leonardo’s systems

Rome, 12 January 2018 – Leonardo was awarded the most important project related to the first European Defence Found’s initiative, OCEAN2020, to boost Europe’s defence capabilities, issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research’ programme. The competitive selection was conducted by the European Defence Agency and will be contracted in the coming weeks.

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Records tumble at Billund Airport

On the back of a record-breaking year in 2016, Billund Airport rounded off the last 12 months with all-time highs in both passenger traffic and cargo. Welcoming 284,000 more passengers than in the previous year resulted in a total of 3.4 million passengers travelling through West Denmark’s busiest gateway in 2017. In addition to excellent passenger traffic results, cargo volume reached record levels at Billund with the airport handling 73,000 tonnes, a 9% year-on-year increase.

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Sealed Up, Ready to Go: U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 Missile Warning Satellite Encapsulated for Launch

Current SBIRS’ constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its planned Jan. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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