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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.

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?

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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

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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.

Dubai Airshow: Airbus Boeing BAE staged order war

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On the second day of the Dubai Airshow, Airbus, Boeing and BAEIC all collected aircraft orders. Airbus: 111 aircraft including 7 A350F Los Angeles-based aircraft leasing company ALC signed an intent agreement with Airbus to order 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neo, 20 ultra-long-range A321XLRs, four A330neo and seven A350F freighters. At the same time, ALC and Airbus will launch a multi-million dollar ESG fund program for investment in sustainable aviation development projects, which will be open to stakeholders from aircraft leasing and financing companies in the future. On the first day of the airshow, Airbus has already received orders for 255 additional A321neo family aircraft from Indigo partners. These include 102 from Wizz Air Hungary (75 A321neo + 27 ultra-long-range A321XLR), 91 from Frontier Airlines (A321neo), 39 from Volaris Airlines Mexico (A321neo) and 23 from JetSMART Chile/Argentina (21 A321neo + 2 A321XLR). Boeing: Cargo aircraft sought after Emirates announced an order for two

Emirates spends $1 billion on new freighters and invests in passenger-to-freighter conversions

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Emirates SkyCargo Cargo, the world's leading air cargo leader, has signed an agreement with Boeing to acquire two additional Boeing 777 all-cargo aircraft. The two all-cargo aircraft will be delivered in April and June 2022 respectively. Emirates is the launch customer for the Boeing 777 all-cargo aircraft. The Boeing 777 Freighter has been the mainstay of Emirates' cargo fleet since 2009. The two additional all-cargo aircraft will enhance the agility and operational flexibility of Emirates SkyCargo Cargo in serving its customers. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo Cargo has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert four Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft into all-cargo aircraft. The agreement also includes an option order for further Boeing 777-300ER conversions in the future. The conversion program for the four aircraft will begin in early 2023 and is expected to conclude in 2024, with the conversion process expected to take five months for each aircr

Boeing Airbus accelerates launch of 777XF and A350F

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At the Dubai Airshow, Boeing said it was in advanced talks to sell a cargo version of its future 777X, while Airbus expects to strike a deal for an A350 freighter soon, with the aviation giants both bullish on the e-commerce boom following the pandemic, Reuters reported. "We've had quite in-depth discussions with a number of customers. The 777X freighter looks good from a design and demand standpoint," said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing's senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing. Boeing also plans to adjust its development program to prioritize the 777XF. In a separate press conference on the eve of the Dubai Airshow, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said Airbus expects to announce the launch of the A350 freighter "very soon. According to previous reports, both KAL and FedEx are optimistic about the 777X freighter. And Singapore Airlines may reach an agreement with Airbus to buy the A350F. In addition, Boeing announced that it will add th

Dubai Airshow 2021 turnover reaches Dh138 billion on first day

Dubai Airshow 2021 officially opened at 10:00 a.m. local time on November 14, with contracts signed on the first day amounting to 138 billion dirhams, equivalent to about 239.8 billion yuan. The orders include military aircraft, 255 Airbus A321 narrow-body aircraft and 100 helicopters. On the first day of the exhibition, the UAE Ministry of Defense's deal amounted to 5.24 billion dirhams, equivalent to about 9.1 billion yuan.

Kanas airport runway closed due to ice accumulation

The new runway of Kanas Airport is closed from 13:09 on November 13, 2021 to 12:00 on November 14, 2021 for ice accumulation.  During the closure period, the airport will deploy snow and ice removal equipment to clean the runway; at the same time, Kanas Airport will adjust and allocate additional on-site service personnel to assist passengers with sign-on and transfer matters.

Emirates and Indonesia's Eagle Airways sign MOU

Emirates and Indonesia Eagle sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a codeshare partnership! From January 2022, passengers of both airlines can enjoy a seamless transit experience on 18 routes in the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe. The two airlines will also launch a frequent flyer program partnership to provide passengers with shared benefits such as seamless booking, ticketing and direct baggage hook-up to final destinations.

The United States opened the door to the country, airlines and passengers are high

The U.S. has officially opened its doors to international travelers who have been vaccinated, and it's a really big deal for the airline industry. Earlier, airline employees and passengers at Heathrow celebrated after the first flight from the U.K. to the U.S. took off. Airline stocks have also risen sharply this month, with shares of American Airlines and Delta Air Lines up 14 percent and 13 percent, respectively, in November, and British Airways' parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), and Air France-KLM, have also rallied. On the first day of easing restrictions, airlines across Europe reported that flights to the United States were full or nearly full. Lufthansa Group said it operated 31 fully booked flights to the United States on Monday. Virgin Atlantic said its flights were 98 percent full, while Swissair and British Airways both said traffic to U.S. destinations was high. American Airlines said bookings between the U.K. and the U.S. were up 66 percent, and b

JAL launches APP vaccination certificate function for flights to the U.S.

 According to Kyodo News, Japan Airlines began using the new vaccination certificate function on the digital certificate app "VeriFLY" on the 9th in order to comply with the U.S. requirement that incoming passengers must complete the new crown vaccination. JAL said this is the first time it has been introduced in Japan. VeriFLY was developed by an American company. According to JAL, departing passengers register their vaccination certificate on the app in advance and present it at the check-in counter when they depart.  Compared to paper certificates, confirmation is much smoother.  It is currently available at Haneda and Narita airports for flights to the U.S. mainland, and will be considered for introduction on European and Asian routes in the future. JAL has been testing VeriFLY for several times since April, and it was officially launched in October, with the recent addition of the vaccination certificate function.  There are other apps with the function of "vaccine

Vietjet and Airbus reach strategic cooperation agreement on 119 aircraft

Vietjet Airlines (Vietjet) and Airbus Group reached a strategic cooperation agreement on the execution of an order contract for 119 aircraft, the development of a wide-body passenger fleet and other assistance in the wake of the epidemic, the Vietnam News Agency reported on November 7.  The two sides agreed to expand training for Vietjet's technical team, while moving forward with cooperation projects such as building an aviation academy. According to the report, the agreement was signed within the framework of an official visit to France by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Triet and a senior government delegation.  In November this year, Vietjet will receive and put into operation three A330 charter flights as part of a program to deploy a wide-body passenger fleet in a low-cost airline model.

Xiamen Airlines to lease 15 Airbus A321NEO

According to the announcement of resolutions of the third meeting of the ninth session of the board of directors of China Southern Airlines, released on October 30, 2021, the third meeting of the ninth session of the board of directors of China Southern Airlines Corporation was held on October 29, 2021 at Conference Room 3301, 33/F, China Southern Airlines Building, No. 68 Qixin Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou. The meeting voted to approve the proposal on the operating lease of 15 A321NEO aircraft by Xiamen Airlines Co., Ltd, which means that Xiamen Airlines will soon no longer have an all-Boeing fleet. Ltd. intends to recruit suppliers for the "Airbus A320Neo Training" project, and now invites eligible suppliers to apply. According to the announcement, Xiamen Airlines intends to commission a contracted training institution to implement one period of aircraft type training conforming to CCAR-147 specifications in early December 2021 to ensure that 24 people will complete the

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