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India Rejects China’s Request to Restart Passenger Flights

India Rejects China's Request to Restart Passenger Flights

China is urging India to restart direct passenger flights after a four-year hiatus, but New Delhi is holding back as border disputes continue to strain relations between the two populous nations, officials report.

New Delhi resists due to ongoing border disputes

Tensions between India and China have remained high since a major military confrontation in the disputed Himalayan border region in June 2020, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers. Thousands of troops are still stationed on both sides of the border.

Cargo flights between the countries continue

Following the clash, India has taken steps to limit Chinese investments, banned numerous Chinese apps, and halted direct passenger flights, though cargo flights between the countries have continued.

While the resumption of direct flights would economically benefit both nations, China stands to gain more given its lagging recovery in overseas travel post-COVID-19, in contrast to India’s booming aviation sector.

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“We hope the Indian side will work with China in the same direction for the early resumption of direct flights,” China’s Foreign Ministry stated to Reuters last week, emphasizing that such a move would be mutually beneficial.

However, a senior Indian official involved in bilateral developments with China remarked on Beijing’s push to resume flights, stating, “Unless there is peace and tranquillity on the border, the rest of the relationship cannot move forward.”

Discussions are ongoing between Indian airlines and New Delhi, as well as between Chinese carriers and their government, regarding the potential resumption of direct routes.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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