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Etihad launches new Wi-Fly with free chat packages

Etihad launches new Wi-Fly with free chat packages

The award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has introduced new Wi-Fly ‘communicate’ and ‘Surf’ packages that make it simpler than ever to keep in touch, communicate with loved ones, and browse the internet while traveling on one of Etihad’s wide-body aircraft.

Everyone flying on Etihad will benefit from complimentary ‘Chat’ messaging throughout their entire flight by signing in with an Etihad Guest membership or simply enrolling online before flying to benefit immediately. The free chat feature includes access to popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, and WeChat to name a few.

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Guests wishing to surf, catch up on social media and work while they fly, can also choose to purchase ‘Surf’ Wi-Fly plans available for a flat fee with unlimited data for the duration of the flight. For flights under 7 hours, the Chat package is $2.99 or free for Etihad Guest members, and the Surf package is $9.99. For flights over 7 hours, the Chat package is $4.99 or also free for Etihad Guest members, and the Surf package is $19.99.

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Etihad Guest Platinum and Exclusive tier members as well as guests traveling in Etihad’s First Class cabins will benefit from complimentary Surf Wi-Fly access throughout their flight. Etihad Guest Gold members will receive a 25% discount on the Surf package.

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As well as connecting to the world through mobile and internet connectivity, guests flying on Etihad can enjoy its award-winning inflight entertainment service, E-BOX, which caters to a broad range of travelers from the youngest ‘Little VIPs’ to the young at heart. E-BOX is available on-demand through the seat-back screens on the wide-body fleet or by streaming E-BOX wirelessly to guests’ own devices on the narrow-body fleet.

In addition to hundreds of blockbuster movies from Hollywood to Bollywood, as well as Arabic, Asian, and European content, guests can enjoy TV shows, music, podcasts, and games. There are also seven live broadcast sports and news TV channels to keep up to date with current affairs or catch a live match while on board.

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Air India’s Revamped Loyalty Program Takes Off with Exciting Changes

Air India's Revamped Loyalty Program Takes Off with Exciting Changes

Air India, one of India’s leading airlines, has unveiled a significant overhaul of its loyalty initiative, now rebranded as the enhanced Flying Returns program.

This comprehensive update aims to provide a more streamlined framework, user-centric functionalities, modernized membership levels, and a vibrant new look, promising enhanced convenience, rewards, and acknowledgment for its participants on a global scale.

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Breaking away from its conventional mileage-based model, the revamped Flying Returns program represents a significant shift after over a decade. Under the new structure, members will now accumulate points based on money spent rather than miles traveled, fostering a fairer and more balanced system. This fundamental change reflects Air India’s commitment to adapting to evolving customer needs and preferences.

Key features of the enhanced program include no expiry of points for active members, elimination of blackout dates, consistent tier privileges, and the ability to collect and redeem points across Star Alliance partner airlines worldwide. Moreover, a new customer-friendly digital interface has been introduced to provide a seamless platform for transactions, enhancing the overall user experience.

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According to Nipun Aggarwal, Air India’s Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer, the revamp of Flying Returns signifies a pivotal step in the airline’s customer-centric approach. Aggarwal emphasized that the transformation was guided by extensive customer feedback and benchmarking against industry best practices, resulting in a more robust and value-driven loyalty program.

As part of its strategy to enhance travel benefits, Air India plans to introduce co-branded credit cards and forge partnerships with other brands. To further incentivize direct bookings, members will earn an additional 2 Reward Points for every Rs 100 spent through the Air India website or app, applicable across all tiers.

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In a bid to streamline operations and align with global standards, Air India has revamped its status tiers, replacing long-form titles with simpler terms: red (base tier), silver, gold, and platinum. This renaming reflects the airline’s commitment to clarity and consistency in its loyalty program offerings.

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EU Bans Turkish-based Southwind Airlines due to links with Russia

EU Bans Turkish-based Southwind Airlines due to links with Russia

In a significant move reflecting the ongoing geopolitical tensions, the European Union (EU) has taken measures to prohibit Turkey’s Southwind Airlines from utilizing its airspace.

The decision, stemming from alleged connections with Russia, underscores the broader repercussions of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the subsequent international sanctions imposed.

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The ban, enforced on March 29, disrupts Southwind Airlines’ operations, initially leading to the cancellation of flights. The Finnish transport authority Traficom, headed by Jarkko Saarimäki, has been instrumental in elucidating the rationale behind the EU’s decision. Saarimäki’s assessment highlights a concerning lack of substantial ownership and effective control held by Turkish entities within Southwind Airlines.

Established in 2022 in Antalya, Turkey, Southwind Airlines had primarily focused on flights originating from Russia. However, scrutiny into its ownership structure has revealed apparent links to Russian stakeholders, prompting concerns over its allegiance and operational control. Saarimäki’s assertion of Russian influence over the airline’s affairs underscores the broader geopolitical implications of such connections.

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The EU’s ban extends beyond merely restricting Southwind Airlines’ access to its airspace; it also encompasses prohibitions on takeoffs, landings, and overflights within EU territory. Consequently, the airline faces operational hurdles, impacting its routes not only to Finnish destinations like Helsinki but also to prominent German cities and potentially planned routes such as Zurich.

This development aligns with the stance adopted by other Western nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, which have implemented similar bans on Russian airlines. Such coordinated actions underscore the global resolve to hold Russia accountable for its aggressive actions in Ukraine and to mitigate potential security risks posed by entities with alleged ties to Russian interests.

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Kuwait Airways Now Hiring Engineers and Specialist Flight Safety 

Kuwait Airways Now Hiring Engineers and Specialist Flight Safety 

Ready for a soaring career opportunity? Kuwait Airways is on the lookout for skilled engineers and specialist flight safety professionals.

If you have a passion for aviation and a commitment to ensuring top-notch safety standards, this could be your chance to join a dynamic team dedicated to excellence in the skies. Discover the excitement of contributing to the world of aviation while making safety a top priority. Take the first step towards an exhilarating career journey with Kuwait Airways today!”

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In an exciting development, Kuwait Airways has announced openings for Engineers and Specialists in Flight Safety, marking a significant opportunity for professionals in the aviation industry. Among the positions available is the role of Engineer I, Standards & Procedures within the Quality Control department, promising a dynamic and pivotal role within the organization.

This position carries substantial responsibilities, focusing on ensuring adherence to regulatory standards and procedures critical to the safety and airworthiness of Kuwait Airways‘ fleet. The Engineer I will be tasked with overseeing the issuance and maintenance of essential documents such as the Maintenance Organizations Exposition, Engineering and Quality Control Procedures, and Engineering Bulletins. These documents form the backbone of operational compliance, necessitating meticulous attention to detail and adherence to stringent standards.

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Key responsibilities of the Engineer I include evaluating airworthiness directives from various regulatory authorities, including the FAA, JAA, CAA, and DGAC France, among others. This involves issuing special inspections to ensure compliance with directives and bulletins, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the aircraft fleet. Additionally, the role entails reviewing and amending internal documents such as maintenance organization exposition and quality control procedures, with the aim of aligning them with evolving regulatory requirements.

To qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering or hold a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer certification, ideally with a double license. Furthermore, a minimum of six years’ experience in civil aircraft maintenance, including at least two years in Quality Control, is required. This role demands individuals with a strong foundation in aircraft maintenance practices, coupled with a keen understanding of quality assurance principles and regulatory compliance.

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Interested candidates Click to “Apply Here”

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