Thursday, 18 August 2022

Leading leisure carrier Edelweiss is to take over an Airbus A340 from sister airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)

The leading leisure travel airline in Switzerland, Edelweiss is to take over an Airbus A340 from sister airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The aircraft is to be deployed from July 2023. Edelweiss' long-haul fleet will consist of five Airbus A340s from July 2023 onwards.
The leading leisure travel airline in Switzerland, Edelweiss is to take over an Airbus A340 from sister airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The aircraft is to be deployed from July 2023. Edelweiss' long-haul fleet will consist of five Airbus A340s from July 2023 onwards.

The Airbus A340 with the registration HB-JMC comes from the SWISS fleet. Planning work is currently underway for the upcoming modifications to the aircraft's cabin. The aircraft will be operated in the familiar Edelweiss livery.

Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss: "I am delighted that we will be able to expand our long-haul fleet again from summer 2023. The additional Airbus A340s will enable us to meet the increasing demand for flights to our long-haul holiday destinations."

In addition to the Airbus A340s, Edelweiss currently operates twelve Airbus A320s on short- and medium-haul routes. Edelweiss is a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and a member of the Lufthansa Group.

More passengers flew with Edelweiss in July 2022 - higher than pre-pandemic levels

Singapore Airlines and DHL Express partnership soars with new Boeing cargo planes.


DHL Express has welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 777 freighter at Singapore Changi Airport. The freighter, which sports a dual DHL-Singapore Airlines (SIA) livery.

The jet has a maximum capacity of 102 tonnes and SIA will operate it on routes to the United States of America via South Korea thrice weekly from August 2022.

Mr Robert Hyslop, Executive Vice President for Aviation, DHL Express, said: “Our global DHL Express aviation network consists of a combination of owned and partner airlines, which allows us to respond to increasing customer demand with agility and flexibility. The new Boeing 777 freighter demonstrates our ongoing effort to strengthen our network and adjust flight routes, as well as lower our carbon emissions to achieve greener logistics. Singapore Airlines’ expertise in flight operations will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs in cross-border commerce, as we leverage the strategic location of our South Asia Hub in Singapore.”

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, SIA, said: “SIA’s longstanding partnership with DHL reinforces Singapore’s position as a key air cargo and e-commerce logistics hub, and highlights our firm commitment to our cargo business. Air cargo also plays a vital role in keeping global supply chains open. Apart from supporting the fast-growing e-commerce segment, this new freighter operation provides a foundation to expand the partnership between SIA and DHL in the future.”

Bringing together the best of Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles under one membership.......


Cathay is delighted to announce that from today, members can enjoy the best of Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles under one Cathay membership programme. Members will have more options to earn and redeem Asia Miles and Status Points – formerly known as Marco Polo Club Points – to unlock even more exclusive privileges when travelling or spending with Cathay.

Under the elevated membership programme, members will continue to enjoy the travel awards they value most while being able to explore the full potential of Cathay through curated lifestyle offerings and experiences. Cathay has been expanding its lifestyle offerings in payment, dining, shopping, holidays and wellness, and currently has over 800 partners to provide unique experiences for members (offerings may differ by market). In the coming few months, exclusive travel and lifestyle offers and experiences will be rolled out just for Cathay members.

Director Customer Lifestyle Paul Smitton said: “As a home-grown airline from Hong Kong, we have been connecting our home city to the world and have grown together with our members for more than 75 years. Our world has evolved in the past few years, with changing expectations for travel and lifestyle. We continue to listen to our members and to invest in new experiences to help them move forward in life.

“We wanted to make it easier for members to get the most out of Cathay. That’s why we have simplified the programmes and evolved our membership to provide more benefits and choices that elevate our members’ lives, both on the ground and in the air, keeping everything they know and love about Cathay whilst innovating for the future. We want to thank our community of over 12 million members for their ongoing loyalty and support over the years.”



Expeditionary Air Wing Personnel Pull Out All The Stops For UK Charities

Expeditionary Air Wing Personnel Pull Out All The Stops For UK Charities

British Forces personnel deployed across the Middle East have completed a series of challenging events in aid of UK charities.

Whilst on deployment, service personnel serving on Operations SHADER and KIPION have used their precious personal time away from their operational duties to support charities back home in the UK. In the baking hot Middle Eastern sun, military personnel have gone above and beyond to raise money for their chosen charities.

Operation KIPION personnel serving with 902 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) based in the Middle East have completed an impressive 902 miles in 7 days for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a UK based military focused charity. To complete this colossal challenge, participants covered the distance by running, walking, rowing, or swimming, in temperatures often exceeding 50 degrees and with high humidity. Sgt Richardson, who is Logistics specialist in the RAF and personally completed an impressive 219Km, said:

“The Challenge really brought everyone at 902 EAW together and it was great to see everyone pushing themselves outside their comfort zone in aid of a great cause”

Air Canada issues an update on its recent operational improvement

 Air Canada has provided the following update on its operational improvement initiatives implemented in response to the challenges the global airline industry has encountered emerging from the pandemic.


"At Air Canada, we know how much our customers value travel and their reliance on us to transport them safely, comfortably and without disruption. This is always our goal and we share with them their disappointment that coming out of the pandemic, the global industry faltered due to the unprecedented challenges of restarting after a two-year, virtual shutdown," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

"Earlier this summer, I committed on behalf of everyone at Air Canada that we would do everything possible to restore our company's industry-leading standards of customer care. Among other things, this included innovation at the airport, operational changes and significant schedule adjustments and today these are yielding demonstrable improvement in the metrics that matter most to our customers. While I am very satisfied with the progress to date, and I thank our employees for their unrelenting efforts, we all continue to work hard on behalf of our customers to complete our recovery."

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

RAF Chinooks return home from supporting NATO Operations in Estonia.....

Two Chinooks from RAF Odiham have returned home after supporting the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic Region since 8 July 2022.
Two Chinooks from RAF Odiham have returned home after supporting the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic Region since 8 July 2022.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright



Based out of Amari Air Base in Estonia, the deployment was an opportunity for the RAF Chinooks to train with a wide range of allies and partners and demonstrate the battle-winning capabilities of the aircraft to international colleagues.

Two Chinooks from RAF Odiham have returned home after supporting the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic Region since 8 July 2022.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright
It proved to be a busy period for the detachment, with more than 1600 passenger movements and 13.5 tonnes of freight transported. In just a short amount of time, Aviation Task Force 3 was able to share the Chinook’s capabilities with US, Belgian, French, Finnish, Estonian and Danish military personnel, as well as with members of the public, at the Baltic International Air Show in Latvia, and journalists from Estonia and Finland.

Following the successful handover from the Puma Force based at RAF Benson, the Chinook Force element of Aviation Task Force 3 hit the ground running and immediately began working alongside the UK, US and European assets.

On 19 July 2022, the Chinook Force welcomed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Estonia, Mr Ross Allen, accompanied by the Defence Attaché, who visited Aviation Task Force 3. Her Majesty’s Ambassador spent time talking to the deployed personnel and received a familiarisation flight of the local area we used for training.
Two Chinooks from RAF Odiham have returned home after supporting the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic Region since 8 July 2022.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright

Jetstar and IndiGo partnership goes live

A new virtual interline partnership between Jetstar and Indian low-cost carrier, IndiGo has gone live! Jetstar customers looking for low-cost travel options can now access IndiGo’s low fares from Jetstar’s hub in Singapore to key Indian destinations including Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Tiruchirappalli via the airline's website 

Jetstar Connect is an integrated booking system that allows passengers to select flights, buy bundled and unbundled ancillary products such as baggage and seats and enjoy seamless connectivity between international flights. 

Jetstar Asia Commercial Lead, Mr Poh Tiong Seng said: “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone for Jetstar as we continue to expand our network via Singapore’s Changi Airport through our partnership with IndiGo.  Jetstar Connect allows us to offer our customers more exciting opportunities to travel and more great value fares all at the click of a button, making travel even more accessible.” 

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, IndiGo commented:  “This strategic agreement will enable both airlines to tap into the rising demand for international travel, with the upcoming festive season. The partnership will enable customers to enjoy seamless connectivity between Jetstar and IndiGo and access to a wide variety of destinations across Asia Pacific. This partnership will also help us to expand our international connectivity to yet another continent through Jetstar’s network. 

We look forward to having Jetstar’s customers on our lean clean flying machine, as we extend to them our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.”







Flexjet to show off private helicopter division at the Monterey Car Week

Flexjet has announced it will showcase a Sikorsky S-76 from its new private helicopter division on the golf course at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. 

Flexjet aircraft Owners will receive complimentary invitations to the garden party at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on August 19th, as well as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21st during Monterey Car Week.

Flexjet launched its helicopter division in June to provide last-mile transport for Owners of Flexjet aircraft travelling from airports to their final destinations, a unique door-to-door travel solution not available through any other provider in the U.S. Flexjet redefined private travel by introducing helicopters to its fleet in launching the division which will be expanding to Europe this fall.

“By showcasing one of our private helicopters at The Quail, not only will we be able to introduce the division to our current aircraft Owners, but we will be able to connect this automotive-focused audience with our LXi interior inspired by the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar sportscar,” said Flexjet CEO Michael Silvestro. “And like the Bacalar, of which there are no two alike, we will only be using this interior in one of our helicopters and one of our Gulfstream G650 aircraft.”

The Bacalar Project, which is the name given to this unique interior, has never before been viewed by the public. It is inspired by Bentley’s rarest two-door open-air motorcar of which only 12 in the world have been manufactured to the specifications of each buyer.

The design elements of this interior include:

The 5,000-year-old Riverwood that forms the wraparound dashboard of the Bacalar, inspired one of the matching wood veneer species used in this aircraft interior.
The rare paint color option of Julep, used for one of the Bacalar’s, inspired a one-time change to the Flexjet livery chameleon paint – normally a red-gold chameleon – but for this aircraft and helicopter is a silver-green chameleon.
The copperhead shape and basketweave stitching on the white leather and black trimmed seats of the Bacalar automobile inspired the custom captain’s seats in the Gulfstream G650 and the seats in the Sikorsky S-76.



Virgin Orbit passes latest audit confirming it meets stringent requirements for leading worldwide aerospace quality management standard

The Performance Review Institute (PRI) Registrar recently certified Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) as having met stringent international standards. This achievement promotes Virgin Orbit’s ongoing commitment to satisfying stakeholders and the Company’s dedication to continual improvement of its quality management system.

The globally recognized AS9100 standard builds upon the ISO 9000 family of quality management systems, incorporating critical requirements established by the aerospace industry. These combined factors collectively satisfy U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quality requirements.

“With 33 satellites delivered to space and each positioned precisely in their chosen orbit, we have shown the capability and quality of our launch system,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart. “Our focus now is building on that track record even as we scale up production at our factory and as we bring our launch operations to new facilities like Spaceport Cornwall. Through this AS9100 certification, we’ve formalized and tested our system to ensure our customers can trust us to deliver their satellites safely and precisely to the orbit they need.”

Air Canada today issued its first report aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Air Canada today issued its first report aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

"We are proud and pleased to release our first TCFD-aligned report, reinforcing Air Canada's long-standing commitment to transparency on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) matters, while underscoring our ongoing work towards achieving our long-term goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally by 2050," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada. "Our objective is to provide investors and other stakeholders the necessary information to properly evaluate climate impacts and performance. This will also support our business development as we work to decarbonize and transform our industry with positive changes to help protect our planet for our employees, customers and communities, now and well into the future."

Air Canada's TCFD report addresses its governance structure, strategies, risk management and practices as they relate to climate change. The airline's TCFD report complements its annual CDP (Climate Disclosure Project) disclosure report and corporate sustainability report (Citizens of the World). Since 2019, Air Canada has also been reporting to Transport Canada in relation to the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), which applies to certain international flights and is aimed at achieving the aviation industry's carbon neutral growth target.

To download the 2022 Air Canada TCFD report, please click here. For more information on Air Canada's environmental and sustainability programs, please visit our Leaveless site.






Edelweiss takes over an Airbus A340 from Swiss International Air Lines for long-haul routes....

The leading leisure travel airline in Switzerland, Edelweiss is to take over an Airbus A340 from sister airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The aircraft is to be deployed from July 2023. Edelweiss' long-haul fleet will consist of five Airbus A340s from July 2023 onwards.
The leading leisure travel airline in Switzerland, Edelweiss is to take over an Airbus A340 from sister airline Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The aircraft is to be deployed from July 2023. Edelweiss' long-haul fleet will consist of five Airbus A340s from July 2023 onwards.

The Airbus A340 with the registration HB-JMC comes from the SWISS fleet. Planning work is currently underway for the upcoming modifications to the aircraft's cabin. The aircraft will be operated in the familiar Edelweiss livery.

Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss: "I am delighted that we will be able to expand our long-haul fleet again from summer 2023. The additional Airbus A340s will enable us to meet the increasing demand for flights to our long-haul holiday destinations."

In addition to the Airbus A340s, Edelweiss currently operates twelve Airbus A320s on short- and medium-haul routes. Edelweiss is a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and a member of the Lufthansa Group.

More passengers flew with Edelweiss in July 2022 - higher than pre-pandemic levels

Southwest's Business Assist gets an upgrade with new features and capabilities for Corporate Travel Buyers and Travel Decision Makers

Southwest Airlines announced it is making it easier than ever to manage business travel on Southwest® with the addition of its new travel portal, Southwest Business Assist™. The self-service tool will enable Corporate Travel Buyers, Travel Decision Makers, and Travel Management Companies to better manage their Southwest Airlines® business travel using unique dashboards, reports, automated processing of contractual benefits, receiving or requesting Customers Service, and much more. Southwest Business Assist is anticipated to be available to current Southwest Business Partners starting Aug. 24, 2022.

"Southwest Business Assist is a transformational one-stop shop for our Southwest Business Customers as we deliver industry-leading capabilities on one of the most advanced platforms available today," said Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business. "The on-demand self-service tool will provide easy access to real-time information, reporting, and benefits designed to improve efficiencies and communication for our business travel Partners and continues our journey of making it easy to manage business travel on Southwest."

When the first phase of Southwest Business Assist is available, it will bring a variety of new features to the business travel community including:

  • Travel funds management
  • Enhanced insight to contractual benefits, account performance, and dashboards
  • Expanded sustainability reporting
  • Increased automation with real-time capabilities and service

More features are planned as additional phases of Southwest Business Assist are released including duty of care reporting, the ability for travel managers to manage eligible flight credits, and additional automated functions.

Learn more by visiting southwestbusinessassist.com.

Streamlining Products & Services

Delta to add a second Seoul service in December.....

Delta Air Lines will increase the frequency of its nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Seoul-Incheon International Airport with the addition of three-times-per-week service effective Dec. 13. The new service will complement Delta’s existing daily operations and Joint Venture partner Korean Air’s five-times-weekly service, bringing the total frequency to 15 flights a week.
Delta Air Lines will increase the frequency of its nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Seoul-Incheon International Airport with the addition of three-times-per-week service effective Dec. 13. The new service will complement Delta’s existing daily operations and Joint Venture partner Korean Air’s five-times-weekly service, bringing the total frequency to 15 flights a week.

Delta’s Seoul services will operate on the latest Airbus 330-900neo aircraft, featuring Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin services. The added service will also provide new time channel option for customers connecting to Asia via Incheon, the joint venture’s hub.

Allegiant Teams with Navitaire to Transform Digital Platforms

Allegiant, the budget airline from Las Vegas has chosen the cloud-enabled Navitaire Airline Platform to power its evolving digital strategies. The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) plans to migrate to Navitaire’s fully cloud-based platform in early 2023. The transition will include the New Skies® order-based reservation and retailing system, GoNow day-of-departure and Ancillary Pricing Optimization. Navitaire, an Amadeus company, provides technology and business solutions to the airline industry, powering over 60 of the world’s leading low-cost and hybrid carriers today.
Allegiant Air is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart that focuses on linking travellers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations. The carrier has grown rapidly, and now serves over 600 routes offering low base fares and convenient non-stop service. Allegiant plans to further expand its network over the next three years as it takes delivery of 50 new aircraft.

Navitaire has a long tradition of ancillary sales leadership, powering the digital retailing success of many of the world’s LCCs and digital pioneers. Allegiant plans to leverage Navitaire’s proven digital platform to help it build on this great success and take the next step in its digital journey.


“Allegiant is harnessing Navitaire’s power as an industry-leading digital tech provider to let us continue to be nimble and innovative in today’s dynamic environment,” said Rob Wilson, Allegiant CIO. “With the options available to us through this partnership, Allegiant will further establish itself as a leader in the leisure travel industry.”

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Cargo down in July for Cathay Pacific but passenger number increase

Cathay Pacific, the airline of Hong Kong has released its traffic figures for July 2022. T
Cathay Pacific, the airline of Hong Kong has released its traffic figures for July 2022. The airline’s traffic figures continued to reflect the positive impact of further adjustments to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Cathay Pacific carried a total of 219,746 passengers last month, an increase of 306.2% compared to July 2021, but a 93.3% decrease compared to the pre-pandemic level in July 2019. The month’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased 348.4% year-on-year but were down 89.4% versus July 2019. Passenger load factor increased by 44.7 percentage points to 73.3%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 74.6% year-on-year, but decreased by 87.6% compared with July 2019 levels. In the first seven months of 2022, the number of passengers carried increased by 162.8% against a 6.3% decrease in capacity and a 189.8% increase in RPKs, as compared to the same period for 2021.

The airline carried 100,714 tonnes of cargo last month, a decrease of 17.2% compared to July 2021, and a 40.7% decrease compared with the same period in 2019. The month’s cargo revenue tonne kilometres (RFTKs) decreased 27.5% year-on-year, and were down 42.6% compared to July 2019. The cargo load factor decreased by 10.8 percentage points to 71%, while capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometres (AFTKs), was down by 16.4% year-on-year, and was down by 48.9% versus July 2019. In the first seven months of 2022, the tonnage decreased by 6.6% against a 28.3% drop in capacity and a 34.2% decrease in RFTKs, as compared to the same period for 2021.

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Travel

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “We continued to add more passenger flight capacity in July in light of the Hong Kong SAR Government’s progressive adjustments to travel and quarantine restrictions. Capacity increased by 24% compared to June, although it remained low at 12.4% of the pre-pandemic level. Passenger volume increased to an average of over 7,000 per day. Meanwhile, passenger load factor reached 73.3% – the highest it’s been since the start of the pandemic.

“The additional capacity we were able to operate provided enhanced connectivity options for our customers transiting through the Hong Kong hub, with demand from the Chinese Mainland to Australia and the US particularly robust. We also saw strong demand on our UK routes, especially from students returning to Hong Kong. As many of these flights were full, some of this student traffic shifted to our other European gateways such as Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Meanwhile, we were able to resume carrying passengers to Fuzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan in the Chinese Mainland again following adjustments to local capacity restrictions.

 

Cargo

“Cargo demand remained flat in many of our key markets in July as we entered the traditionally quieter summer months for air cargo. Tonnage decreased month on month across most markets, reflecting reduced cargo flight capacity due to weather related cancellations as well as ongoing operational restrictions which impacted the July schedule. The major impact of these challenges was seen on our Indian and the Americas routes, whilst capacity on our European routes grew marginally.

“Overall, our cargo volumes dipped by about 4% month on month against an approximately 7% decrease in capacity. We operated 51% of our pre-pandemic cargo flight capacity last month. Meanwhile, load factor was 71%.

 

Outlook

”Looking ahead on the travel side, the latest adjustments to quarantine arrangements for passengers arriving in Hong Kong are expected to have a positive impact on inbound traffic as well as leisure travel among Hong Kong residents. Student traffic to the US and UK is also expected to provide our travel business with a strong boost in August and September. However, our ability to add more passenger flight capacity will remain limited unless the restrictions on our aircrew are lifted.

”Regarding cargo, we expect to operate a full freighter schedule in August and going forward, complemented by regional cargo-only passenger flights and more belly capacity provided by our additional passenger services. However, long-haul cargo-only passenger flights will be limited. The situation involving cross-border trucking services between Shenzhen and Hong Kong remains uncertain, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and adapt accordingly. We are cautiously optimistic about a solid seasonal winter peak season, although this is anticipated to be less pronounced than the one we experienced in 2021 in light of the current global economic environment."


CATHAY PACIFIC TRAFFIC

JUL 2022

%Change VS JUL 2021

Cumulative JUL 2022

%Change YTD

RPK (000)

 

 

 

 

 - Chinese Mainland

44,605

114.5%

182,108

124.7%

 - North East Asia

21,024

136.9%

48,195

37.3%

 - South East Asia

91,744

380.5%

193,883

74.7%

- South Asia, Middle East  & Africa

32,241

460.0%

58,463

563.8%

 - South West Pacific

174,524

792.0%

418,949

378.9%

 - North America

537,162

245.6%

1,216,529

136.6%

 - Europe

434,402

535.3%

1,027,221

314.6%

RPK Total (000)

1,335,702

348.4%

3,145,348

189.8%

Passengers carried

219,746

306.2%

555,208

162.8%

Cargo revenue tonne km (000)

546,796

-27.5%

2,669,628

-34.2%

Cargo carried (000kg)

100,714

-17.2%

626,591

-6.6%

Number of flights

1,723

8.2%

9,332

17.3%


 

CATHAY PACIFIC CAPACITY

JUL 2022

%Change VS JUL 2021

Cumulative JUL 2022

%Change YTD

ASK (000)

 

 

 

 

 - Chinese Mainland

100,575

40.9%

591,063

83.0%

 - North East Asia

75,357

43.0%

178,733

-38.1%

 - South East Asia

158,863

91.9%

365,433

-31.3%

- South Asia, Middle East  & Africa

65,893

135.4%

133,478

176.9%

 - South West Pacific

248,629

-11.6%

729,164

-40.0%

 - North America

674,713

83.2%

1,611,118

-22.6%

 - Europe

498,625

213.5%

1,272,475

76.2%

ASK Total (000)

1,822,655

74.6%

4,881,464

-6.3%

Passenger load factor

73.3%

44.7%pt

64.4%

43.6%pt

Available cargo tonne km (000)

770,243

-16.4%

3,571,458

-28.3%

Cargo load factor

71.0%

-10.8%pt

74.7%

-6.7%pt

ATK (000)

944,872

-7.4%

4,038,948

-26.2%







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