Air Berlin disclosed today that it managed to increase its 2010 cumulative passenger boardings, carrying circa 34 million airline passengers – an increase of almost 4% over 2009 -so a good year for Germany’s 2nd largest aviation company after state controlled Lufthansa.
Air Berlin, is presently headquarted in Berlin and employs 8,300 people , many of whom are based in Germany’s capital. We wrote about their partnership with the ONEWORLD airline alliance earlier this year – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/berlin/2010/07/27/%E2%80%98air-berlin%E2%80%99-local-success-story-to-join-the-big-boys-%E2%80%93-code-share-with-aa-and-to-become-member-of-%E2%80%98oneworld%E2%80%99-alliance/
The airline has criticized new proposed government carbon emission taxation systems in Germany which they say will penalize German carriers above others and thus send passengers seeking lower fares to those non-German carriers not affected.
This blog wrote about the airlines mid year results earlier this year – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/berlin/accommodation/2010/06/07/air-berlin-overall-may-boardings-increase-load-factor-falls/
In 2009 / 2010 Air Berlin took over routes from TUIfly and increased its ownership share of the Austrian carrier ‘NIKI’ and in both years has seen a rapid increase in capacity and its ‘load factor’ ‘PLF’ number decreased slightly by 0.7 percent.
The passenger load factor or ‘PLF’ is a measure of how much an airline’s passenger carrying capacity is used – a figure of ‘passenger kilometres’ flown as it relates to a percentage of ‘seat-kilometres’ of capacity which were available. Airline analysts in large part can gage the profitability /or lack thereof of an airline by the relationship of these 2 criteria.
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Many OTA-Berlin guests use Air Berlin to fly to Berlin and most have been very satisfied with the service they recieve.
Air Berlin sees 3% pax increase in December – inspite of Icelandic ash cloud and some winter chaos – 2010 was good year from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.