Bangkok Airways to operate "closed" flights from Bangkok to Phuket in support of "sandbox" program

Bangkok Airways has announced that it will operate two special "closed" flights daily from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Phuket from February 1 this year in support of Thailand's "sandbox" plan for Phuket.   The "closed" flights from Bangkok to Phuket will be operated with ATR72-600 aircraft. The first daily outbound flight PG5275 departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi International Airport) at 12:00 and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 14:05. The second outbound flight PG5279 departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) at 1710 hours and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 1915 hours.   Passengers travelling on the above special flights must follow the requirements of the Thai Government's New Crown Epidemic Management Center and be prepared with complete documentation and related documents.

U.S. suspends 44 flights from 4 Chinese flight companies

According to the Global Times, the U.S. government announced on Jan. 21 local time that it will suspend 44 flights to China operated by four Chinese airlines from the United States.  According to Reuters, the measure will take effect from January 30 until March 29 and involves four airlines - Xiamen Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation threatened to revisit its actions if China revises its policies "to bring about the necessary improvements for U.S. airlines. It also claimed that if China cancels more flights, "we reserve the right to take additional action."

UAE announces ban on flying drones

 The UAE Ministry of Interior announced on January 22nd local time that flying drones and light sport aircraft is banned with immediate effect.   Organizations that need to use drones for advertising or commercial filming must communicate with the relevant parties in advance to obtain a flight permit.   The Ministry of the Interior said that the ban was issued to ensure the safety of people's lives and property following a recent incident of drone abuse. The Ministry of the Interior reminded that anyone who does not comply with the rules during the "no-fly" period will be held liable.

Delingha sudden 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the airport flight protection all normal

  At 10:21 on January 23, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Delingha, Haixi Prefecture, Qinghai, with a depth of 8 km and the epicenter location about 150 km from the airport.   The airport was in the process of securing flights when the earthquake occurred, and there were obvious tremors. The emergency command center of Delingha Airport notified all departments to check facilities and equipment at 10:25 according to the earthquake emergency plan and key equipment checklist, and reported the earthquake situation to Qinghai Airport Company according to the information reporting process. All departments promptly organized staff to check all facilities and equipment, and after checking everything was normal, on-site security personnel organized passengers to board the plane in an orderly manner, and the flight took off normally at 10:43.   After the flight, the airport branch again organized all staff to carry out a comprehensive inspection of facilities and equipment, runway surface

Kuwait announces suspension of direct flights with 9 African countries, including South Africa

The Kuwaiti government announced on 27 local time that it will suspend direct commercial flights with nine African countries, including South Africa, to prevent the importation of a new mutant strain of the New Coronavirus recently reported by South Africa and other countries. The Kuwaiti government said in a statement that night, in order to prevent the importation of new mutant strains of the new coronavirus, will be suspended from 28 onwards with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Malawi and other nine African countries of direct commercial flights, except for cargo flights. The statement said that non-Kuwaiti nationals flying directly from these countries or traveling to Kuwait via a third country will be barred from entry unless they have stayed in the third country for at least 14 days prior to entry; and that Kuwaiti nationals returning to Kuwait from these countries will be required to be centrally quarantined for seven days af

What does the cabin of the Boeing 777X look like?

The 777X made a surprise appearance on the first day of the Dubai Airshow, performing a low-altitude, high-gradient hover. 777X is powered by a new GE9X engine designed and built by General Electric. The 777X was originally expected to be delivered to its first customer in 2020, but was delayed for various reasons, and Boeing Senior Vice President of Commercial Mike Fleming said at the Dubai Airshow that delivery is expected in 2023. The cabin of the 777X was also open to professional visitors at the airshow, but since the test and working instruments were not removed, there is not much resemblance between the current cabin picture and the actual cabin that will eventually be delivered to the airline division, but there is no doubt that the 777X's cabin is exceptionally spacious. Photo: Cabin of the Boeing 777X Photo by David Slotnick/The Points Guy Boeing currently has 351 orders from eight airlines, including All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad A

Indigo Partners Acquires 255 Additional A320neo Series Aircraft

Indigo Partners announced at the Dubai Airshow the purchase of 255 additional Airbus A320neo family aircraft for four of its airlines: 102 for Wizz Air Hungary (75 A321neo + 27 Ultra Long Range A321XLR), 91 for Frontier Airlines (A321neo), 39 for Volaris Airlines Mexico (A321neo) and 23 for JetSMART Chile/Argentina (21 A321neo + 2 A321XLR). The order also increases Indigo Partners' total A320 family aircraft order to 1,145. In addition, Volaris Airlines and JetSMART Airways converted a total of 38 A320neo to A321neo from their existing orders.

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