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Etihad’s Gateway to Paradise: Nonstop Flights to French Riviera and Greek Isles

Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines strengthen strategic Partnership

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has unveiled its exciting Summer 24 schedule, highlighting its aspirational expansion goals.

The new nonstop flights to Nice, a destination on the French Riviera, and the direct services to the popular Greek vacation destinations of Mykonos and Santorini are among the highlights of the network changes, which are currently on sale.

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Because passengers have been enjoying Etihad’s new flights to Copenhagen so much, the destination is now available all year round. The schedule adds more frequencies to the network, enhancing connectivity to places like Ahmedabad, Athens, Bangkok, and Colombo.

Highlights of the improved schedule include:

  • Athens, Greece, sees an increase to 12 flights a week from May and 14 from July.
  • Recently launched Copenhagen, Denmark is made a year-round destination.
  • Malaga, Spain will enjoy a three-weekly service for Summer 2024.
  • Mykonos, Greece will be served by two flights per week during the summer, with Santorini, Greece also getting two weekly flights.
  • Nice, France will be served by two non-stop weekly services from June 2024.
  • Bangkok, Thailand will benefit from three more flights a week from February to 17 a week.
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka enjoys a frequency increase to 10 weekly flights from January rising to 14 from May, and an adjusted schedule for even better connectivity to European destinations.

In addition to the new summer schedules, other destinations for 2024 have already been revealed, such as Boston in North America, Nairobi in East Africa, and Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram on the Indian Subcontinent.

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Etihad has reaffirmed its resolve to add multiple new destinations over the course of the upcoming year as part of its ongoing commitment to expanding its network.

DestinationsChangeTotal FrequencyStart Date
Colombo+3 per week10 per weekJanuary 15, 2024
+4 per week14 per weekMay 1, 2024
Bangkok+3 per week17 per weekFebruary 22, 2024
CopenhagenExtended year-round4 per weekMarch 31, 2024
Athens+5 per week12 per weekMay 1, 2024
+2 per week14 per weekJuly 15, 2024
MalagaSummer 24 service3 per weekJune 2, 2024
SantoriniNew route2 per weekJune 15, 2024
NiceNew route2 per weekJune 15, 2024
MykonosSummer 24 service2 per weekJune 17, 2024
Already announced
KozhikodeNew route7 per weekJanuary 1, 2024
ThiruvananthapuramNew route7 per weekJanuary 1, 2024
BostonNew route4 per weekMarch 31, 2024
NairobiNew route7 per weekMay 1, 2024
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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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