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Philippine military plane crashes, 17 dead, 40 rescued

Philippine military plane crashes, 17 dead, 40 rescued

On Sunday, a Philippines Air Force plane carrying troops crashed on landing in the country’s south and burst into flames, killing at least 17 people.

The Lockheed C-130 transport plane crashed at Patikul in Sulu province, in the archipelago nation’s far south, where the army has been fighting Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and other factions for years.

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“So far, 40 wounded and injured people have been rescued, and 17 bodies have been recovered; rescue and recovery operations are still ongoing,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, adding that 92 people were on board.

According to military chief Cirilito Sobejana, the plane “missed the runway while attempting to regain power.”

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Colonel Edgard Arevalo, a military spokesman, said there was no indication of an attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not yet begun and that efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.

Images from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees, while men in combat gear milled about. A massive column of black smoke rose into the sky.

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According to Sobejana, the plane crashed a few kilometres (miles) from Jolo airport at 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) and was carrying troops.

“We are currently caring for the survivors who were immediately transported to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu,” he said.

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Indigo contributed 31 crores to India’s political party for election funds

Indigo contributed 31 crores to India's political party for election funds

In a recent disclosure, it has come to light that Rahul Bhatia, the promoter of IndiGo, along with companies under his InterGlobe Group, has made significant donations totaling Rs 56 crore to four political parties. Additionally, SpiceJet, led by Ajay Singh, has contributed Rs 70 lakh to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The data further reveals that InterGlobe Air Transport Ltd, a part of the InterGlobe Group, purchased 11 electoral bonds valued at Rs 1 crore each on May 10, 2019, amounting to a total of Rs 11 crore. Similarly, Interglobe Aviation, the parent company of IndiGo, acquired 5 electoral bonds worth Rs 1 crore each on October 23, 2023, totaling Rs 5 crore.

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InterGlobe Real Estate Venture and InterGlobe Air Transport Ltd directed the lion’s share of their political contributions, totaling Rs 31 crore, to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Surprisingly, the second-largest recipient was the Trinamool Congress (TMC), receiving Rs 16.2 crore from Bhatia. Additionally, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd allocated Rs 5 crore to the Congress party, while Bhatia contributed Rs 3.8 crore to its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Rahul Bhatia, individually, also made substantial contributions through electoral bonds, purchasing bonds worth Rs 20 crore. On April 7, 2021, a total of 29 electoral bonds were acquired, with 19 bonds valued at Rs 1 crore each and 10 bonds at Rs 10 lakh each, summing up to Rs 20 crore. When combined with the donations from IndiGo and its affiliated companies, the total contributions from the promoter and associated entities reach Rs 56 crore.

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On the other hand, SpiceJet, once a prominent player in the Indian aviation industry, has seen a decline in its market position, currently ranking fifth in terms of market share. Despite this, the airline has engaged in political contributions, with donations made in three separate installments.

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Comac is set to fly to five Southeast Asian countries for a C919 and ARJ21 demonstration tour

Comac is set to fly to five Southeast Asian countries for a C919 and ARJ21 demonstration tour

Following the successful debut of the COMAC aircraft at the Singapore Airshow 2024, the company has secured new branding rights for its products in the Southeast Asian aviation market. According to sources, the airline is directing its aircraft displays to Malaysia.

A static display and demonstration flight featuring the China-manufactured commercial aircraft C919 and ARJ21 were held on Wednesday at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Malaysia’s Selangor state.

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The event showcased the brand-new C919 and ARJ21 aircraft, both quietly competing in the narrow-body segment market and slightly challenging the Boeing 737 and A320 family aircraft. The ARJ is tailored for regional airports with shorter routes.

C919 and ARJ21’s five-country tour.

This event concluded the C919 and ARJ21’s five-country Southeast Asian demonstration flight tour, which included visits to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

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COMAC is actively seeking an international market alongside China. Currently, the company has amassed over 1100 aircraft orders for the COMAC C919 aircraft.

Throughout the demonstration flights and static displays, the aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) conducted a series of product promotion activities targeting potential customers.

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Furthermore, the company aims to expand its airline network in these countries by obtaining regular licenses from their respective national aerospace authorities.

The purpose of the tour was to evaluate the aircraft’s adaptability to various airports and routes in the five countries, assess the ground service equipment’s suitability, test special flight procedures’ feasibility, and highlight the economic viability of these routes. COMAC stated that demonstration flights would lay the groundwork for future market development in Southeast Asia.

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ARJ21 can carry 97 seats and C919- 192 seats.

The ARJ21 regional aircraft is designed to accommodate 78-97 passengers with a flight range of 2,225-3,700 kilometers. Meanwhile, the C919 jetliner offers a layout for 158-192 seats and a range of 4,075-5,555 kilometers, as per the company’s specifications.

The C919 completed its maiden commercial flight on May 28, 2023. Since then, China Eastern Airlines, its inaugural customer, has received five C919 aircraft, operating round-trip flights on Shanghai-Beijing and Shanghai-Chengdu routes. COMAC reports that it has safely transported over 140,000 passengers to date.

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British Airways Resumes Service to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

British Airways Resumes Service to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

British Airways has announced the reintroduction of two important capital city routes, marking a bold foray back into the Asian market. To the pleasure of tourists and aviation enthusiasts alike, BA is ready to restore flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur after a protracted hiatus due to the epidemic.

BA has made a strategic choice to expand its network significantly in the Far East by starting flights again to Bangkok in October and Kuala Lumpur in November. Once mainstays on the ba airlines route chart, many wondered where these destinations would end up in the post-Covid network.

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Beginning on November 10th, British Airways will fly to Kuala Lumpur every day from its primary hub at London Heathrow Airport. The airline will give passengers a variety of options, from First Class to World Traveller, aboard an aircraft configured with four cabins. This action demonstrates ba amex dedication to providing its entire range of services to these important Asian markets.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) from London Heathrow (LHR)All times are local
RouteFlight numberDepartingArrivingDateDays in OperationAircraft
LHR – KULBA3320:4517:30+110/11/241,2,3,4,5,6,7787-9
KUL – LHRBA3423:2005:35+111/11/241,2,3,4,5,6,7787-9

Return flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) per person start at:

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  • First £4,000
  • Club World £3,200
  • World Traveller Plus £1,338
  • World Traveller £620

Beginning on October 28th, british airways will start operating three weekly flights from London Gatwick to Bangkok. A three-cabin aircraft operating this seasonal route will offer alternatives for customers travelling as Club, World Traveller Plus, avios credit cards and World Traveller. The London Gatwick to Bangkok flight schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of passengers.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) from London Gatwick (LGW) All times are localThis is a winter only route
RouteFlight numberDepartingArrivingDateDays in OperationAircraft
LGW – BKKBA223121:0015:55+128/10/20241,4 and 6777-200ER
BKK – LGWBA223022:5505:30+129/10/20242,5 and 7777-200ER

british airways booking Return fares from London Gatwick (LGW) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) per person start at:

  • Club World: £3,257
  • World Traveller Plus: £1,297
  • World Traveller: £699
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