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Etihad Airways Extends Its Wings to Antalya and Jaipur with New Routes

Etihad Airways Unveils Newest Middle Eastern Destination

Etihad Airways, the official airline of the United Arab Emirates, has made major schedule adjustments for the summer, marking the next major expansion of its global network.

To strengthen Abu Dhabi’s status as a worldwide connection and improve travel options, this strategic development entails adding new flights and increasing frequencies to existing routes. The airline plans to increase its reach by beginning service to two brand-new, highly desirable locations: Etihad is set to commence three weekly seasonal flights between Abu Dhabi and Antalya (AYT), Turkey on June 15. Beginning on June 16, there will be four weekly flights to Jaipur (JAI), India.

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Etihad is increasing the frequency of its flights to several important locations starting on June 15. There will be three more weekly flights to Thiruvananthapuram and 14 to Amman, respectively. Three more flights to Cairo for a total of 24, an increase to 17 in Karachi, and 20 weekly flights to Colombo are among the additional services.

The company’s most recent expansion increases its coverage from 65 to 75 locations, greatly improving global connectivity, and adds to the overall 33% rise in weekly flights operated by Etihad, which increased from 635 last summer to 847 in 2024. Notably, Jaipur brings Etihad’s total count of Indian gates to 11. The development demonstrates Etihad’s dedication to the Indian market and fortifies the existing cultural and commercial links between India and the United Arab Emirates.

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In addition to offering passengers more connectivity and a wider choice of travel options, the updated schedule and the new routes have been designed to maximize the travel experience. Passengers will also get to enjoy the high-end facilities and customer-focused services offered at the recently opened Terminal A at Zayed International Airport Abu Dhabi.
You can book the new schedule right now at etihad.com.

New Destinations (Timings from 15 June 2024, all timings local)

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Flight NumberOriginDepartureDestinationArrival AircraftFrequency
EY  0539AUH09:20AYT13:00A320Tue, Thu, Sat
EY  0540AYT14:30AUH19:45A320Tue, Thu, Sat
Flight NumberOriginDepartureDestinationArrival AircraftFrequency
EY  0366AUH03:05JAI08:05A320Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
EY  0367JAI11:00AUH13:00A320Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

­Frequency Increases 

DestinationChangeTotal FrequencyStart Date
Thiruvananthapuram+31015 June 2024
Amman+31415 June 2024
Cairo+32415 June 2024
Karachi+31715 June 2024
Colombo+32015 June 2024
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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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