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IndiGo announces 19 new connecting flights via Turkey to Portugal and Switzerland

IndiGo launches 19 new connecting flights to Europe. Find out more here.

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In keeping with its goal to improve global connectivity, IndiGo, the largest airline in India, has announced the beginning of connecting flights from Turkey to Portugal and Switzerland via codeshare with Turkish Airlines. Customers looking to travel between India and Europe over the forthcoming holiday season will have more options and capacity with these new routes and frequencies, which will take effect on November 23, 2022.

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These destinations are known for their breathtaking scenic tourist locations throughout the year. Portugal offers some of Europe’s most pristine beaches with turquoise water surrounded by sandstone cliffs and curiously formed rock formations. Major tourist attraction is the capital Lisbon, the city of Porto, Odemira, Faro and the city of Sintra. There is a lot to do in Portugal, from visiting old castles and palaces to surfing at the Atlantic Ocean Coastline. The old village of Sortelha, the Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors, the historic fishing town of Cascais and the waterfalls of the Azores are among the things you must see if you are travelling to Portugal.

On the other hand, Turkey serves the interest of travellers fascinated with history who frequently visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the Cappadocia rock valleys, the pure white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ruins of the former Armenian capital Ani and much more. Attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Istanbul Cevahir Mall are amongst the bucket list of every traveller. The city has a unique mixture of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, appetizing middle eastern food, and pleasant weather.

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Switzerland, considered to be the ‘Paradise on earth’ is a beautiful, tourist-attracting country. While it is most famous for its ski resorts during the winter, it is beautiful all year round. The Alpine mountains stretch across the Balkans to France, making Switzerland the perfect skiing destination. The lakes and cities are also must-visit places in Switzerland, but the most special ones are the towns.

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These flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options to access destinations which help in building businesses and are known for their tourist attractions. Customers who wish to plan their travel can book tickets via our official website. The introduction of these flights will further bolster the airline’s international connectivity.

Flight No. Origin Destination Frequency Effective Departure Arrival
6E 4117 Istanbul Porto Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Nov 24,2022 08:10 10:00
6E 4152 Basel Istanbul Wed, Sun Nov 23, 2022 18:05 23:05
6E 4095 Istanbul Basel Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat Nov 24,2022 09 :30 10 :40
6E 4096 Istanbul Basel Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun Nov 23, 2022 16:10 17:15
6E 4097 Istanbul Geneva Daily Nov 23, 2022 09:20 10:35
6E 4098 Istanbul Geneva Mon, Wed, Fri Nov 23, 2022 12:35 13:50
6E 4098 Istanbul Geneva Sat Nov 26, 2022 14:05 15:20
6E 4099 Istanbul Geneva Daily Nov 23, 2022 15:55 17:15
6E 4118 Istanbul Porto Mon, Wed, Fri Nov 23, 2022 13:20 15:15
6E 4151 Basel Istanbul Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat Nov 24,2022 11 :30 16 :25
6E 4152 Basel Istanbul Mon, Thu, Sat Nov 24, 2022 18:05 23:05
6E 4153 Geneva Istanbul Daily Nov 23, 2022 11:25 16:30
6E 4154 Geneva Istanbul Daily Nov 23, 2022 18:05 23:10
6E 4169 Porto Istanbul Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Nov 24, 2022 10:50 18:25
6E 4170 Porto Istanbul Mon, Wed, Fri Nov 23, 2022 16:05 23:45
6E 4190 Istanbul Lisbon Daily Nov 23, 2022 08:35 10:40
6E 4191 Istanbul Lisbon Daily Nov 23, 2022 13:50 15:45
6E 4192 Lisbon Istanbul Daily Nov 23, 2022 11:30 19:10
6E 4193 Lisbon Istanbul Daily Nov 23, 2022 16:35 00:15

 

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Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic finds itself embroiled in legal proceedings as over 200 former cabin crew members launch a lawsuit against the airline, alleging discriminatory practices during the period of the pandemic.

The dispute centers on accusations that the company unfairly targeted older employees for dismissal while retaining newer, less costly hires.

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The pandemic’s onset in March 2020 triggered a cascade of challenges for the aviation industry, leading Virgin Atlantic to ground a significant portion of its fleet. In response, the airline swiftly implemented cost-cutting measures, including the reduction of its workforce by over 40%, amounting to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Additionally, it established a “holding pool” for potentially rehiring redundant staff once normal operations resumed. However, the crux of the legal battle lies in the claim that Virgin Atlantic retained approximately 350 new cabin crew members, some with minimal training periods as short as a week.

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While simultaneously letting go of experienced onboard managers, many of whom boasted an average age of 45 years and two decades of service. This perceived discrepancy forms the backbone of the lawsuit, with former employees contending that age became a determining factor in the airline’s decision-making process.

In response, a Virgin Atlantic representative stated: “Virgin Atlantic had to make very difficult decisions following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.” Regretfully, this meant a 45% reduction in the total number of employees within the company.

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End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

Qantas has officially bid farewell to its last Boeing 767 aircraft, marking the end of an era that began nearly four decades ago.

The final 767, a dedicated freighter variant registered as VH-EFR, operated its last flight on May 17, 2024. This concluding journey took it from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sydney (SYD) under the flight number QF7526, closing the chapter on Qantas’s use of the 767 after 39 years.

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The Australian airline commemorated the occasion with an Instagram post on Friday, announcing the retirement of VH-EFR, their last remaining 767. According to Cirium Ascend Fleet Analyzer data, this aircraft is a little over 18 years old. It joined the Qantas fleet in 2011, having previously served Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a cargo plane.

Despite being owned by Qantas, the aircraft was operated by Express Freighters Australia under the Qantas Freight brand.

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The Boeing 767 has had a versatile history with Qantas. Initially, the aircraft was used on international routes, flying to destinations in New Zealand, Asia, and North America. Following the 1992 merger with Australian Airlines, the 767s were increasingly deployed for domestic services as well.

Although Qantas is retiring this specific freighter, the Boeing 767-300 freighter model remains active globally. Records indicate that 280 of these aircraft are still operational, serving 14 airlines around the world.

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United Flight Diverts to Shannon, After Stuck Laptop in Business Class Seat

United Flight Diverts to Shannon, After Stuck Laptop in Business Class Seat

A United Airlines flight from Zurich to Chicago O’Hare was forced to make an emergency diversion to Shannon, Ireland.

On Saturday afternoon after a passenger got their laptop wedged in a Business Class seat aboard the Boeing 767-300. Operating as United Flight 12, the aircraft departed from Flughafen Zürich at 9:46 a.m. local time and took off at 10:08 a.m.

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The captain decided to divert the flight not because the passenger couldn’t access their laptop, but because any device powered by lithium-ion batteries that becomes inaccessible could pose a significant safety risk.

Such devices, if damaged or overheated, could lead to a thermal runaway event, potentially causing a fire on board. The Boeing 767-300, featuring United’s relatively new Polaris business-class cabin, landed safely at Shannon Airport in County Clare at 1:43 p.m. IST (Irish Summer Time) and reached the gate at 1:51 p.m.

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In a statement, United Airlines acknowledged the diversion: “United flight 12 scheduled from Zurich to Chicago landed safely in Shannon to address a potential safety risk caused by a laptop being stuck in an inaccessible location.” This situation led to the cancellation of the flight, and the airline is working to reroute the 157 passengers who found themselves unexpectedly in Ireland.

Frequent flyers are often reminded in airline safety videos not to move their seats if they lose mobile phones or other gadgets powered by lithium-ion batteries within the seats. Attempting to retrieve such items by moving the seat can damage the battery and potentially cause a dangerous situation.

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