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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.

For Chinese goods, Amazon seeks to purchase 10 large aircraft

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Sources, who asked not to be named, said Amazon is interested in buying the Boeing 777-300ER, the largest twin-engine airliner still in flight, and the passenger-to-cargo conversion of the popular Airbus wide-body A330-300. Both of these models are better than Boeing's midsize 767. To date, Boeing's midsize 767 has served Amazon's cargo backbone network for five years. People familiar with the matter said the converted Boeing 777 will allow Amazon to ship products imported from China and other countries directly back to the United States, which increases the company's competition with courier service companies United Parcel (UPS) and FedEx (FedEx Corp.). The 777-300ERSF, a passenger-to-freight conversion of the Boeing 777, will enter service next year. After the conversion, the 777-300ERSF will have a 25 percent increase in capacity and will be a replacement for the Boeing 747 that has been carrying cargo in the North Pacific for decades. In addition, Amazon is buying 1

Qantas sells land to raise A$800 million to resume international flights in November

Qantas Airways said Friday it has agreed to sell land near Sydney Airport for A$802 million ($595 million) to a consortium led by LOGOS Property Group in order to reduce its debt, Reuters reported. Settlement of most of the land parcels is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, Qantas said. Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said: "We will use these funds to help pay down debt that has accumulated during the epidemic. The strength of this sale and its impact on our balance sheet means we can get back to investing in our core business more quickly." Qantas shares rose 2.3 percent after the news came out, while the broader market rose 0.5 percent. Earlier, Qantas said it would resume international services on Nov. 1, flying first to London and Los Angeles.

Looking for flight attendants! British Airways reopens recruitment

British Airways has announced that it will begin recruiting flight attendants as of today, SimpleFlying reports. Since March 2020, British Airways has frozen hiring and laid off thousands of people. Now, with the epidemic under control and the borders open, British Airways is starting to restart hiring. British Airways will begin scheduling training for new employees in January of next year to ensure it can serve flights in March. British Airways recently resumed operations on the A380 and will also increase its route flights when the U.S. opens for entry next month.

Foreign media: Boeing 787 has new problems

Boeing is dealing with a new defect on the 787 Dreamliner involving certain titanium parts that don't meet strength requirements from the model's largest parts supplier, Italian arms giant Leonardo, which sourced parts from Italian company Manufacturing Processes Specification (MPS), which is now no longer a Leonardo supplier, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The defective parts include joints that help hold part of the fuselage's floor beams in place, as well as joints, spacers, brackets and hooks inside other assemblies. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the quality issue did not immediately affect flight safety, and Boeing said the investigation is ongoing and has determined that it does not create an immediate flight safety concern for the aircraft in service. The defect exists on 787s built in the past three years. Boeing has been working to address structural defects in the 787s that have caused production

UK proposes initiatives and pathways to achieve net zero aviation emissions by 2050

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Recently, the UK Department for Transport released the consultation draft of the document "Net Zero Aviation Strategy" (hereinafter referred to as "the Strategy"), which specifies the goal of achieving net zero aviation emissions by 2050 and outlines five major initiatives to be taken and four technology paths that can be chosen to achieve the goal. The document is an important guide to the development and application of green aviation technology in the UK, and will help the UK seize the high ground in green aviation technology and industry. Five major initiatives to achieve net-zero emissions from aviation The Strategy proposes five major initiatives to achieve net-zero aviation emissions, namely improving the efficiency of the current aviation system, expanding the use of sustainable aviation fuels, promoting zero-emission flights, implementing carbon trading schemes and greenhouse gas removal technologies, and guiding consumers to choose green flights. Improving

Former Boeing pilot indicted for misrepresentation in connection with 737max flight software

 A federal grand jury indicted Faulkner, a former senior pilot for Boeing, on charges that he and the company made false statements about its faulty 737 Max jets, according to a U.S. Chinese website. Faulkner is accused of defrauding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and "conspiring to defraud Boeing's U.S. airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Prosecutors contend that Faulkner provided the aviation agency with "materially false, inaccurate and incomplete information" about flight control software in connection with two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019, in which 346 people died. "In an effort to save Boeing money, Faulkner allegedly withheld critical information from regulators," said Meacham, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, in a statement. The statement alleges that Faulkner chose to mislead the FAA, hampering the agency's ability to p

In the early hours of the morning, at zero degrees, HNA executives collectively "punished standing" on a cold night in Beijing

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 HNA Group released a set of pictures, in which several men, many of whom are members of the party committee of HNA Holdings, are wearing thin shirts and standing outside HNA's Beijing base, which was already around midnight on the 17th, when the temperature had dropped to near zero. The reason why these HNA executives from the four seasons like spring Haikou overnight to Beijing, feel the "freezing" after the northern climate, the trigger is October 9, a HNA Platinum Card passengers passing through the HNA Holdings Beijing base at night, see a stewardess in front of the base squatting on the roadside waiting for a car, freezing shivering, took a photo and sent to the Hainan Province HNA Group joint working group leader and group party secretary Gu Gang, and left a message with a suggestion. Gu just replied to the passenger "immediately", and the first time in the work group to the relevant management of HNA Holdings work deployment. "You have to put yourse

U.S.: Fully vaccinated foreign travelers allowed to enter from Nov. 8

The U.S. will allow foreign travelers fully vaccinated with the new crown vaccine to enter the country on international flights or through land and water ports starting Nov. 8, the White House said on Nov. 15. White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Muñoz said in a social media post on the same day that the latest U.S. government regulations on international travel will come into effect on Nov. 8 and apply to travelers entering on international flights or through surface ports. According to U.S. media reports, the White House will announce by Nov. 8 the types of New Crown vaccine that will be eligible for entry into the United States, the "rare exceptions" for those who are not fully vaccinated with New Crown vaccine, and other details. Citing an unnamed official, the report said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously informed airlines that New Crown vaccines available to air travelers entering the United States include those approved and authorized

Some Scandinavian airlines lift mandatory in-flight mask requirement

From October 18, Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air will remove the mandatory requirement to wear masks on board their flights, according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet on October 15, local time.  However, the requirement applies to flights only for travel within Scandinavia, and passengers will continue to be required to wear masks when the route involves countries outside of Scandinavia.

Singapore: unvaccinated children under 12 years old can enter the country accompanied by their vaccinators

Bloomberg reported Oct. 11 that Singapore's transport minister said unvaccinated children aged 12 and under can enter Singapore when accompanied by a vaccinated traveler. In a separate emailed statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said that children of all ages, except for infants aged 2 and under, will need to be tested for New Crown PCR before departure and on arrival.

Boeing to unveil 777X freighter model at Dubai Airshow

Boeing will unveil a freighter model based on the 777X airliner in a few weeks.  Sources said it may announce the new freighter at the Dubai Airshow in November and is currently in talks with Qatar Airways, FedEx, DHL and other logistics and airlines to order it. Bloomberg reports that Airbus will also announce orders for the cargo version of the Airbus A350 aircraft at the airshow.  The epidemic has led to weak demand for wide-body passenger aircraft worldwide, but demand for cargo aircraft is exceptionally strong. The Boeing 777X freighter will perhaps take priority over the Boeing 777X cargo aircraft in operation.

Why did you use a Beijing Airlines 737 when you went to Switzerland for negotiations?

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Many people don't quite understand Yang Jiechi taking a 737 to Zurich for negotiation, after all, the one that went to Vancouver not long ago was a luxury wide-body 777-300ER. In addition, there are small flyers who said, "Can a 737 fly directly to Zurich? It must not stop for refueling in the middle of the journey? This is really worth writing about, not only are many friends unfamiliar with the 737BBJ, but even the "Beijing Airlines" that Yang took has many fallacies. After the completion of Daxing Airport, there was a period of time when "two field operations were strictly prohibited", and it was rumored that Air China had incorporated "Beijing Airlines" in 2018 and allocated three old 737-800s to Daxing Airport to grab a moment. -The 737 that Yang took, was it one of the three? "The origin of Beijing Airlines is actually quite complicated, as it was the first business jet company of Air China. The business jet company did not need to buy

Six major airlines officially operate the IATA Travel Pass

       October 8, 2021 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Etihad Airways, Al Jazeera, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will deploy and operate the IATA Travel Pass in a phased manner across their flight networks. Travel Pass. These five airlines will join Emirates as industry pioneers in the formal operation of IATA Travel Pass.   The announcement, made during IATA's 77th Annual Meeting in Boston, follows an extensive 11-month test of IATA Travel Pass by 76 airlines.   After months of testing, IATA Travel Pass is now in its operational phase," said Willie Walsh, IATA Chairman of the Board. The application has proven to be an effective digital tool to manage the complex travel health credentials required by governments. It is a great vote of confidence that some of the world's most recognized airline brands will be offering the service to their customers in the coming months."   The IATA Travel Pass app provides a safe

China Eastern Airlines will host IATA annual meeting. IATA will revise the language charter for the first time, and Chinese will become the official language

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On October 4, 2021, the International Air Transport Association (IATA, hereinafter referred to as "IATA") announced that China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. would host the 78th Annual Conference of the International Air Transport Association (AGM, hereinafter referred to as "Annual Conference") and the world air transport summit in Shanghai, China from June 19 to 21, 2022.  This is the third time that the annual meeting of the International Aviation Association, known as the "United Nations General Assembly of the aviation industry", has come to China after a lapse of ten years.  The annual meetings of the International Aviation Association were held in Shanghai and Beijing in 2002 and 2012 respectively. In 2022, senior leaders of the global aviation industry, senior representatives of the aviation industry and aviation institutions will gather on the Bank of the Huangpu River to participate in the grand meeting, exchange and cooperation Seek the sustainable

IATA: 2020-2022 global aviation industry losses will reach $20.1 billion

        The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released its latest global aviation forecast, which shows that airline performance is improving.   According to IATA, the global aviation industry will lose $137.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to lose $51.8 billion in 2021, up from a loss estimate of $47.7 billion in April, with the net loss dropping to $11.6 billion in 2022. Combined, the global airline industry is expected to lose $20.1 billion in 2020-2022.   Global air passenger demand (RPKs) is expected to be at 40% of 2019 levels in 2021, growing to 61% levels in 2022.   Global air passenger traffic is expected to reach 2.3 billion in 2021, growing to 3.4 billion in 2022, equivalent to 2014 levels, but still well below the 4.5 billion passengers in 2019.   Air cargo demand will continue to be strong, growing by 7.9% in 2021 and 13.2% in 2022 from 2019 levels.   Mr. Willie Walsh, Chairman of the IATA Board of Directors, said that we have passed the worst phase

Plane crashes, 8 killed, billionaire dies

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October 3, local time. A private plane crashed into an unoccupied office building in Milan, Italy. All eight people on board were killed. The pilot, 68-year-old Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, who was flying with his wife and son, was killed, according to local Italian media reports cited by the BBC. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Milan's Linate airport for a flight to Sardinia. The crash caused the office building and several parked cars around the area to catch fire, but no one else was injured. The scene of the plane crash, photo by BBC. Some witnesses said the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 model had caught fire before it crashed. Giuseppe, a local resident, told Reuters, "I heard the sound of a plane overhead and it sounded like the plane was shutting down its engines. Then I heard a very loud explosion and the windows of my house started shaking, so I rushed to open them and saw a huge plume of smoke rising." Dan Petrescu, a real estate developer wh

India to open entry to international tourists on October 15

India's Tourism Minister, Shripad Naik, told the media on the same day that India will start pushing for a resumption of domestic and international tourism as the number of confirmed cases of Newcastle pneumonia in the country continues to decline, Indian media reported on October 2 local time.  The government will announce this decision soon, and international tourists are likely to start arriving after October 15. At present, international commercial flights from India have not resumed normal and international arrivals on October 15 are likely to be on charter flights.

International flights at Kabul Airport gradually resume operations

The Afghan Taliban Interim Government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged international airlines to resume flight operations as soon as possible. On Sept. 29, local time, Abdul Hadi Dareez, a reporter of CGTN, interviewed passengers and airport officials about the resumption of international flights at Kabul Airport. According to some passengers, some Pakistani and Iranian airlines have restarted their flights, but the price of air tickets has increased a lot compared to the previous ones. Airport sources revealed in the interview that international commercial flights at Kabul Airport have not yet fully restarted due to technical reasons, but they have worked with technical teams from the UAE and Qatar to try to solve the problem and resume normal operations as soon as possible. In addition, they will also coordinate with relevant departments to do a good job of airfare regulation and control.

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