If you like statistics and aircraft, you’ll love these…….
OAG, the global travel information company, has announced that the world’s scheduled airlines offered a record 3.3 billion seats (actual count is 3,297,362,597, in case you’re counting) during 2006. That represents an average daily offer of over 9 million seats on 77,371 individual daily flights.
Total seat offer was up 3.4% from the 3.2 billion seats (actually 3,187,855,301) offered on 27.7 million flights 2006 vs 2005.
The longest scheduled route flown in 2006 was between Newark, New Jersey, US (EWR) and Singapore (SIN), with an elapsed time of 18 hours and 40 minutes. Singapore Airlines operates this flight, which cover 9,523 miles (8,275 nautical miles; 15,325kms).
The shortest scheduled route flown in 2006 was between Papa Westray (PPW) and Westay (WRY) in the United Kingdom, with an elapsed time of two minutes. The flight is operated by Loganair using a British Norman Islander aircraft to cover just 9 miles (8 nautical miles; 14 kms).
Low cost carriers offered a total of 549,078,161 seats in 2006 on 3,815,204 flights worldwide. Within the US, the capacity share of the low cost carriers was 27%, slightly more than Europe, where it was 24%.