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Qantas plane lands safely after mayday call

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A Qantas flight from New Zealand to Sydney has landed safely after reporting engine issues in midair and making a mayday call.

A twin-jet Boeing 737-838 from Auckland, flight QF144, touched down at Sydney Airport on Wednesday just before 3.30 p.m., according to FlightRadar. A Qantas representative said the plane had a problem with one of its two engines approximately an hour from Sydney and had followed usual protocol by sending out a mayday warning.

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What does a mayday call mean?

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A mayday call is a signal that “an aircraft is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance,” according to Airservices Australia, a government-owned organisation in charge of managing Australia’s airspace.

After that, controllers will inform the local emergency services of the incident’s details. A possible assistance needed or PAN call is a less urgent situation that still requires a controller response and pilot assistance.

Once the aircraft has touched down and been inspected by our experts, we will give additional details about this incident, a Qantas spokesperson stated.

A spokesperson for Sydney Airport said that as a precaution, the airport alerted Fire and Rescue, NSW Police, and NSW Ambulance. Upon landing, emergency services were waiting for the aircraft. At this point, the airport does not anticipate that the incident would affect other flights.

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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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