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Cathay Pacific to hire cabin crew from mainland China

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In an effort to create a staff that is more inclusive and varied than ever before, Cathay Pacific launched its most recent hiring event at the Qianhai International Talent Hub in Shenzhen. The airline is able to do this because of its Hong Kong base, backing from the Chinese Mainland, and worldwide connections.

As Cathay Pacific’s first attempt to hire cabin crew on the Chinese Mainland, the occasion marks a key turning point for the airline. Cathay Pacific thinks that now is the ideal time to start this new recruitment initiative, reflecting the value of the Chinese Mainland market, given the rising number of flights, business activities, and frequent exchanges between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland as well as the rising number of Putonghua-speaking customers.

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The goal of Cathay Pacific’s “2023 Chinese Mainland Talent Recruitment Plan” is to hire 200–300 cabin crew members on the Chinese Mainland this year and 1,000–2,000 individuals by 2025. In the future, Cathay Pacific will continue to conduct hiring operations in the Chinese Mainland, and the airline expects that the Chinese Mainland will eventually make up the majority of its cabin crew population outside of Hong Kong.

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Additionally, the airline will offer even more employment possibilities for qualified individuals from the Chinese Mainland in the form of cadet pilots, cabin crew, IT specialists, ground staff, and customer service representatives, assisting in the development of aviation talent to support the growth of the sector.

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The six-day hiring event runs from August 25 through August 30 at Shenzhen’s Qianhai International Talent Hub. Candidates who pass the preliminary evaluations will take part in an on-site interview. After receiving thorough introduction training, successful candidates will be based in Hong Kong.

By operating around 160 round-trip flights a week to 16 airports in 15 Chinese Mainland cities starting in October 2023, Cathay Pacific will link Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland to the rest of the globe. As part of its commitment to making travel from the Greater Bay Area as simple as possible, Cathay Pacific is also committed to offering a wide range of multimodal services, including air, sea, and land alternatives.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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