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Indian Navy bids farewell to reconnaissance IL 38 SD aircraft

Indian Navy bids farewell to reconnaissance IL 38 SD aircraft

Ilyushin-38 Sea Dragon Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy departed the country after 46 illustrious years of service.

At INS Hansa, Dabolim, on October 31, there was a decommissioning ceremony. Aside from dignitaries, the Chief of Naval Staff, families attended the occasion and shared memories of their yeoman service with veteran commanders and sailors of the IL-38 unit.

The Navy entered a new phase of airborne Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare on October 1, 1977, when IL-38 aircraft were introduced and INAS 315 was put into service.

Over the years, the IL-38 SD has demonstrated its exceptional force multiplier capabilities with its striking prowess, long reach, and unique capabilities that span the broad Indian Ocean region. The formidable “Winged Stallion” that graces the squadron crest has been honoring the slogan of the unit, “Victory is my Profession,” by keeping a vigilant watch over and beneath the waves as it relentlessly seeks to safeguard the country’s maritime borders.

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With the IL-38 SD De-induction ceremony, a golden period that brought about ground-breaking capabilities in Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions comes to an end. The historical significance of the IL-38 SD’s operational role as “Eyes in the Sky” in an ever-changing and dynamic Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and its invaluable contribution to several mission-critical deployments will live on forever in the history of Indian Naval Aviation.

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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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