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Saudia Airbus A330-200 makes emergency landing at Jeddah airport

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Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV3818, which was travelling from Madinah to Dhaka, had to be diverted to Jeddah after suffering a malfunction with the nose landing gear.

Saudia Airbus A330-200 — leased from Onur Air (reg. TC-OCH) — made an emergency landing at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport with the nose gear retracted.

The aircraft had circled Jeddah for several hours and was forced to make two low passes until it was allowed to land on runway 34R at around 22:00 local time.

The Airbus 330 suffered considerable damage, but passengers were evacuated via emergency slides and no injuries have been reported so far.

Abdurahman Al-Tayyib, spokesman of Saudia, said that SV3818 flight, which was traveling from Madinah to Dhaka, developed some malfunction of the hydraulic system at around 8 p.m. Monday and was therefore diverted to Jeddah airport, Al-Madinah daily reported.

“The pilot made several attempts but failed to correct the malfunction with the front landing gear. Subsequently, the Air Bus 330 made an emergency landing with the nose gear retracted,” he said.

Al-Tayyib said that the flight made emergency evacuation. There were 141 passengers on board in addition to 10 crew members. The concerned authorities have started a probe into the accident, he said.

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According to Sabq, health services department at the airport formed a medical team to treat the injured passengers following the emergency landing of the flight.

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These US airlines has the most on-time carrier in 2022, according to DOT data

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These US airlines has the most on-time carrier in 2022, according to DOT data

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation issued performance statistics for the major U.S. airlines for the full year.  According to the DOT’s Air Travel Consumer Report, Delta achieved an overall on-time rate of 82.1% percent.

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The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. DOT remains committed to ensuring airline passengers are treated fairly and is concerned about recent flight cancellations and flight disruptions and difficulties families are experiencing in sitting together with no fees. The Department is currently investigating four domestic airlines to ensure that they are not engaging in unrealistic scheduling of flights. Last week, DOT rolled out a new family seating dashboard that highlights the airlines that guarantee fee-free family seating, and those that do not, making it easier for parents to avoid paying junk fees to sit with their children when they fly.

Major airline on-time performance for 2022, according to ATCR

  1. Delta Air Lines – 82.1% of flights on time
  2. Alaska Airlines  – 79.1% of flights on time
  3. United Airlines – 78.7% of flights on time
  4. American Airlines – 77.1% of flights on time
  5. Hawaiian Airlines – 75.8% of flights on time
  6. Southwest Airlines –  73.2% of flights on time
  7. Spirit Airlines – 73.0% of flights on time
  8. Frontier Airlines – 66.1% of flights on time
  9. JetBlue Airways – 64.6% of flights on time
  10. Allegiant Air – 63.4% of flights on time

December 2022 Flight Cancellations

In December 2022, reporting marketing carriers canceled 5.4% of their scheduled domestic flights, higher than the rate 1.1% in both November 2022 and in pre-pandemic December 2019.  Of the industry-wide 5.4% cancellation rate in December 2022, 54.51% of the cancellations were attributed to Southwest. Southwest canceled 14,042 flights from December 24 to December 31, which was 72.3% of the total flights that reporting carriers canceled during that time.

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  1. Southwest Airlines – 14.6%
  2. Alaska Airlines Network – 7.6%
  3. Allegiant Air – 5.3%
  4. Delta Air Lines Network – 2.9%
  5. JetBlue Airways – 1.9%
  6. American Airlines Network – 1.8%

Mishandled Baggage

In December 2022, reporting marketing carriers handled 40.4 million bags and posted a mishandled baggage rate of 1.09%, higher than the rate of 0.51% in November 2022 and higher than the rate of 0.66% in pre-pandemic December 2019. Of the industry-wide 1.09% mishandling rate in December 2022, 26.68% of the mishandling were attributed to Southwest.

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Turkish 5th-generation fighter aircraft were first spotted in taxing.

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Turkish currently leads India and South Korea in the race for the next generation of fighter jets, as evidenced by data from the aircraft airframe that was revealed a few months ago. Turkish is now prepared to begin taxi trials. If Turkey manufactures the fifth-generation fighter jet in the future, it will be the most anticipated project for the country and will boost its reputation of aerospace technology.

Turkey’s fifth-generation stealth fighter, the TF-X, also known as the National Combat Aircraft (MMU), has started engine ground runs and slow-speed taxi testing. It will make its first flight by the end of 2023.

Turkish proudly displays the airframe of its 5th Gen fighter jet TFx at its production facility.(Opens in a new browser tab)

While more design refinement may be necessary to make the platform a low-observable platform, Turkey asserts that the basic prototype will be evaluated and that many adjustments will be made to the aircraft before it goes into production.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is currently developing the TF-X, a fifth-generation Turkish fighter jet. It is anticipated to be capable of air-to-air, air-to-ground, and reconnaissance operations and to feature stealth capabilities and cutting-edge avionics.

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To upgrade Turkey’s defensive capabilities and replace its outdated F-16 fleet, the TF-X is being built. TAI and British defense firm BAE Systems are working together on the project. The TF-X prototype is scheduled to have its maiden flight in 2025, with the goal of having the aircraft in service by 2030.

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It is important to note that TF-development X’s has faced a number of difficulties, such as concerns about technology transfer and financing.   The project is still supported by the Turkish government, which views it as a crucial representation of the nation’s developing indigenous defense industry.

The F-16 and TF-X prototypes both use General Electric F110 engines, with Turkey TRMotor and Rolls-Royce working together to create a new engine that may be available by the end of the decade.

The TF-X MMU project has advanced technology in areas like low visibility, internal weapons slots, high maneuverability, increased situational awareness, and sensor fusion, all of which are necessary for a new generation of aircraft, making Turkey one of the few nations with the infrastructure and technology to produce a fifth-generation combat aircraft.

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The aircraft also has numerous data fusion, artificial intelligence, and autonomous target identification and recognition capabilities.

Turkey will gradually make progress towards the development of a 5th generation fighter aircraft by 2028. National Combat Aircraft and the South Korean KAI KF-21 Boramae fighter jet program will start as a 4.5 generation program but the transition to a 5th generation fighter aircraft in the next ten years. The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), on the other hand, is being developed by India with a more radical approach. It will start out as a 5th generation fighter jet in the Mk1 tranche and transition to a 5.5 generation fighter in the Mk2 tranche in 2035.

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India’s SpiceJet airline flying soon to Greece

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India's SpiceJet airline flying soon to Greece

The most popular low-cost carrier in India, SpiceJet, has appointed BBT Air – Aviation Services as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Greece. BBT Air will be in charge of the airline’s sales, growth, and general representation in the Greek market, offering top-notch services to passenger and travel agencies.

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BBT Air’s Commercial Director, Mr. Konstantinos Melas, said: “We are pleased to welcome SpiceJet to our portfolio and market. We’re confident that additional sales opportunities will materialize once SpiceJet becomes available in Greece. Our top aim will be to contact marine travel agencies and offer them another choice for flights within and outside of India because Greece has impressive results in marine/offshore traffic. Starting from there, we’ll seek to advance SpiceJet in our nation and consider the possibility of establishing a direct connection between Athens and Delhi in the future. . A much-desired route that is currently missing from Greece”.

The airline’s website, spicejet.com, as well as travel agencies with access to its B2B portal already have the flights displayed and available for purchase. By calling +30 210 9793500, the offices of BBT Air Aviation Services, which also accepts and manages all group requests and supports local travel agencies, passengers can also purchase their tickets there.

SpiceSaver, SpiceFlex, and SpiceMAX are the three pricing alternatives offered on all flights, providing greater service options, comfort, and flexibility for all passenger demands, both at the airport and during the flight.

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The selection of BBT Air as GSA in the Greek market is a part of SpiceJet’s goal to expand internationally and providing its customers with seamless end-to-end connectivity between the two nations. The airline, which is India’s largest regional carrier and has a fleet of Boeing 737s, Q-400s, and freighters, operates numerous daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

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Indigo will begin to offer flights to Singapore and Dhaka in March.

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IndiGo strengthens international connectivity from Mumbai

IndiGo, India’s most preferred carrier has announced new direct flight between Mumbai-Dhaka from March 26, 2023. This new route has been introduced to cater to the rising demand for travel from Mumbai. The airline has also announced the resumption of operations between Mumbai and Singapore effective March 26, 2023.

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The resumption of flights between Mumbai and Singapore will help promote tourism as both cities have many tourist attractions. According to Singapore Tourism Board, India accounted for over 686,000 of the overall 6.3 million global visitor arrivals in 2022, emerging as Singapore’s second-largest source market after Indonesia (1.1 million visitors). Singapore has famous attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by The Bay, S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa Island, Sentosa Merlion Tower, Trick Eye Museum. These flights will not only promote tourism but also make travel hassle-free to these destinations through direct connections and additional capacity.

These flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travelers 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 www.goIndiGo.in. The introduction of these flights will further bolster the airline’s international connectivity.

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Boeing to Produce 184 Apaches for U.S. Army, International Customers

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Boeing to Produce 184 Apaches for U.S. Army, International Customers

Boeing will build 184 AH-64E Apaches for the U.S. Army and international customers, including the first Apaches for Australia. This $1.9 billion award brings the total current funded value of the contract to $2.1 billion, and has the potential to increase to more than $3.8 billion with future obligations.

The AH-64E Apache is a multi-role attack helicopter that is designed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It is an upgraded variant of the AH-64D Apache Longbow, featuring a number of advanced systems and technologies.

Some of the key features of the AH-64E Apache include:

  • Enhanced sensors and avionics: The AH-64E Apache is equipped with advanced sensors and avionics systems, including an upgraded fire control radar, an electro-optical targeting system, and more.
  • Improved communications: The helicopter features improved communication systems, allowing it to more effectively communicate with ground troops and other aircraft.
  • Increased performance: The AH-64E Apache has a more powerful engine, allowing it to fly at higher speeds and altitudes than previous models.
  • Armament: The AH-64E Apache is armed with a variety of weapons, including a 30mm chain gun, Hellfire missiles, and Hydra rockets.

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The AH-64E Apache is used by several countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and others. It is primarily used for attack and reconnaissance missions, but it can also be used for other roles, such as air-to-air combat and close-air support.

The U.S. Army will receive 115 remanufactured Apaches, with an additional 15 Apaches to be procured as options, ensuring significant savings to taxpayers. The additional 54 aircraft will be delivered to partner nations as part of Foreign Military Sales.

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The U.S. Army’s Apache fleet just surpassed five million flight hours, a milestone demonstrating the AH-64 is the most capable, dependable, and adaptable attack helicopter.

Boeing unveiled the New Apache Concept, which features an improved radar system and a longer firing arm.(Opens in a new browser tab)

Boeing Global Services will continue to deliver optimal readiness for the warfighter including training devices, spare provisions, support and test equipment kits, depot support, field engineering and technical manuals. Major advantages in the technical publication area allow for a streamlined process approach to re-use data which reduces operational and sustainment costs.

Under the first multi-year contract, signed in 2017, Boeing delivered 244 remanufactured Apaches to the Army and 24 new-build aircraft to an international customer. The AH-64E, built at the Boeing site in Mesa, Ariz., is the most advanced multirole combat helicopter in the world. There are more than 1,275 Apaches currently in operation around the world.

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STARLUX Airlines Launches First Transpacific Flight to Los Angeles

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STARLUX Airlines Launches First Transpacific Flight to Los Angeles

STARLUX Airlines, a Taiwan-based luxury carrier, announced the launch of its inaugural Taipei-Los Angeles transpacific flight debuting on April 26. Initially starting with five weekly flights, the service is expected to ramp to daily in June. STARLUX also announced the establishment of its first US office based in Los Angeles and its new designation as the “Official International Airline Partner of the LA Clippers” as part of a multi-year partnership with the NBA team.

With eyes to the skies and “luxury” embedded in its brand, STARLUX strives to achieve the highest standards in operations, service, safety, and management. The airline operates the TPE-LAX route with its new-generation Airbus A350 configured in a premium four-class layout, with four seats in First, 26 in Business, 36 in Premium Economy, and 240 in Economy.

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Travelers in First and Business will have a cozy private space with a sliding door and seats with full-flat and Zero G mode for full relaxation. The extra-legroom Premium Economy section features a 40-inch Recaro seat with a leg rest and footrest bar. Economy Class seats are also built for utmost comfort, equipped with leather headrests and wide seat pitch. In addition, the A350 offers nose-to-tail seatback entertainment featuring 4K personal large screens.

The Clippers are an innovative global brand with an international fan base and reach, and STARLUX is the latest international company to join Clipper Nation. In addition to in-arena activations and hospitality elements in Los Angeles, STARLUX’s partnership with the Clippers includes international rights through the NBA’s international team marketing program. The airline will activate in-flight branding, international sweepstakes, and other digital and in-person activations featuring Clippers elements and personalities.

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Starting June 1, Clippers-themed amenities will be provided on STARLUX TPE-LAX flights, such as themed meal packaging including paper placemats, napkins, towelettes, inflight meal foil covers, mini food flags, burger wrapping paper, and kids meal boxes. Other niceties include playing cards, eye masks, paper cups, stirrers, rice cracker packages, luggage tags, boarding passes, and stickers will be distributed at check-in.

Airline ticket reservations for departures from April 26, 2023, onward can now be booked through travel agents and on www.starlux-airlines.com. Flights will depart Los Angeles for Taipei on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday at 00:50 hours. Flights will depart Taipei for Los Angeles on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at 23:40 hours.

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Air India makes another voluntary retirement offer for staff

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Air India makes another voluntary retirement offer for staff

Following the Tata Group’s acquisition of the losing airline in January of last year, Air India issued a voluntary retirement offer to its non-flying workers on Friday. This was the second such offer.

According to a notification, the current offer will be offered for permanent general cadre officers who are 40 years of age or older and have accomplished a minimum of five years of continuous service with the airline. Employees in the clerical and unskilled categories who have completed a minimum of five years of continuous employment will also be eligible.

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The promotion will be available till April 30th. According to sources, approximately 2,100 employees will be eligible to take advantage of the current voluntary retirement offer. The airline currently employs approximately 11,000 workers, including both flying and non-flying employees.

“The employees will also receive an ex-gratia sum as a one-time bonus if they apply for voluntary retirement between 17 March 2023 and 30 April 2023. The notification stated that eligible employees who apply by March 31, 2023, will receive an additional Rs 1 lakh over and above the ex-gratia sum.

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Both flying and non-flying workers were covered in the initial voluntary retirement offer. At the time, approximately 4,200 employees were eligible, and of those, approximately 1,500 chose the offer. The strategy aims to place Air India on a course for consistent growth, financial success, and market dominance.

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