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United Becomes First U.S. Airline to Add Braille to Cabin Interiors

United Becomes First U.S. Airline to Add Braille to Cabin Interiors

United became the first U.S. airline today to integrate Braille to aircraft interiors, allowing millions of passengers with visual challenges to navigate the cabin with greater comfort. According to the Department of Transportation, around 27 million persons with disabilities flew in 2019.

The airline has currently installed Braille markers for specific rows and seat numbers as well as inside and outside the restrooms on around a dozen aircraft. By the end of 2026, United hopes to have Braille onboard every mainline aircraft.

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United Airlines Fired A Color Blind Pilot Who Could Not Fly(Opens in a new browser tab)

Together with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and other disability advocacy organizations, United is exploring the use of other tactile navigational aids such as raised letters, numbers, and arrows throughout the cabin in addition to Braille.

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United was named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion for the eighth consecutive year and received the highest score on the Disability Equality Index benchmarking tool, a joint project of the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Passengers Exit In Solidarity After Blind Man was Kicked Off Flight ..!(Opens in a new browser tab)

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The rollout of Braille to mainline aircraft over the next few years is the latest way United has worked to create accessible solutions for its customers and employees:

  • The United mobile app was recently redesigned to make it easier to use for people with visual disabilities with increased color contrast, more space between graphics and reordering how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with the screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack.
  • United’s Inflight Seatback Entertainment screens offer a wide range of accessible features such as closed captioning, text-to-speech controls, magnification, explore-by-touch capabilities, audio-described movies, and adjustable and high-contrast text and color correction. As part of United Next, the airline’s historic growth plan, the carrier expects to take delivery of about 700 new narrow and widebody aircraft by the end of 2032, all of which will include the latest in seatback screen entertainment options.
  • Through Bridge, United’s Business Resource Group for people of all abilities, employees help create a workplace environment where all can strive to achieve their maximum potential and support our commitment to being an ally for customers with disabilities.
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Air India’s Revamped Loyalty Program Takes Off with Exciting Changes

Air India's Revamped Loyalty Program Takes Off with Exciting Changes

Air India, one of India’s leading airlines, has unveiled a significant overhaul of its loyalty initiative, now rebranded as the enhanced Flying Returns program.

This comprehensive update aims to provide a more streamlined framework, user-centric functionalities, modernized membership levels, and a vibrant new look, promising enhanced convenience, rewards, and acknowledgment for its participants on a global scale.

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Breaking away from its conventional mileage-based model, the revamped Flying Returns program represents a significant shift after over a decade. Under the new structure, members will now accumulate points based on money spent rather than miles traveled, fostering a fairer and more balanced system. This fundamental change reflects Air India’s commitment to adapting to evolving customer needs and preferences.

Key features of the enhanced program include no expiry of points for active members, elimination of blackout dates, consistent tier privileges, and the ability to collect and redeem points across Star Alliance partner airlines worldwide. Moreover, a new customer-friendly digital interface has been introduced to provide a seamless platform for transactions, enhancing the overall user experience.

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According to Nipun Aggarwal, Air India’s Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer, the revamp of Flying Returns signifies a pivotal step in the airline’s customer-centric approach. Aggarwal emphasized that the transformation was guided by extensive customer feedback and benchmarking against industry best practices, resulting in a more robust and value-driven loyalty program.

As part of its strategy to enhance travel benefits, Air India plans to introduce co-branded credit cards and forge partnerships with other brands. To further incentivize direct bookings, members will earn an additional 2 Reward Points for every Rs 100 spent through the Air India website or app, applicable across all tiers.

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In a bid to streamline operations and align with global standards, Air India has revamped its status tiers, replacing long-form titles with simpler terms: red (base tier), silver, gold, and platinum. This renaming reflects the airline’s commitment to clarity and consistency in its loyalty program offerings.

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EU Bans Turkish-based Southwind Airlines due to links with Russia

EU Bans Turkish-based Southwind Airlines due to links with Russia

In a significant move reflecting the ongoing geopolitical tensions, the European Union (EU) has taken measures to prohibit Turkey’s Southwind Airlines from utilizing its airspace.

The decision, stemming from alleged connections with Russia, underscores the broader repercussions of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the subsequent international sanctions imposed.

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The ban, enforced on March 29, disrupts Southwind Airlines’ operations, initially leading to the cancellation of flights. The Finnish transport authority Traficom, headed by Jarkko Saarimäki, has been instrumental in elucidating the rationale behind the EU’s decision. Saarimäki’s assessment highlights a concerning lack of substantial ownership and effective control held by Turkish entities within Southwind Airlines.

Established in 2022 in Antalya, Turkey, Southwind Airlines had primarily focused on flights originating from Russia. However, scrutiny into its ownership structure has revealed apparent links to Russian stakeholders, prompting concerns over its allegiance and operational control. Saarimäki’s assertion of Russian influence over the airline’s affairs underscores the broader geopolitical implications of such connections.

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The EU’s ban extends beyond merely restricting Southwind Airlines’ access to its airspace; it also encompasses prohibitions on takeoffs, landings, and overflights within EU territory. Consequently, the airline faces operational hurdles, impacting its routes not only to Finnish destinations like Helsinki but also to prominent German cities and potentially planned routes such as Zurich.

This development aligns with the stance adopted by other Western nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, which have implemented similar bans on Russian airlines. Such coordinated actions underscore the global resolve to hold Russia accountable for its aggressive actions in Ukraine and to mitigate potential security risks posed by entities with alleged ties to Russian interests.

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Kuwait Airways Now Hiring Engineers and Specialist Flight Safety 

Kuwait Airways Now Hiring Engineers and Specialist Flight Safety 

Ready for a soaring career opportunity? Kuwait Airways is on the lookout for skilled engineers and specialist flight safety professionals.

If you have a passion for aviation and a commitment to ensuring top-notch safety standards, this could be your chance to join a dynamic team dedicated to excellence in the skies. Discover the excitement of contributing to the world of aviation while making safety a top priority. Take the first step towards an exhilarating career journey with Kuwait Airways today!”

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In an exciting development, Kuwait Airways has announced openings for Engineers and Specialists in Flight Safety, marking a significant opportunity for professionals in the aviation industry. Among the positions available is the role of Engineer I, Standards & Procedures within the Quality Control department, promising a dynamic and pivotal role within the organization.

This position carries substantial responsibilities, focusing on ensuring adherence to regulatory standards and procedures critical to the safety and airworthiness of Kuwait Airways‘ fleet. The Engineer I will be tasked with overseeing the issuance and maintenance of essential documents such as the Maintenance Organizations Exposition, Engineering and Quality Control Procedures, and Engineering Bulletins. These documents form the backbone of operational compliance, necessitating meticulous attention to detail and adherence to stringent standards.

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Key responsibilities of the Engineer I include evaluating airworthiness directives from various regulatory authorities, including the FAA, JAA, CAA, and DGAC France, among others. This involves issuing special inspections to ensure compliance with directives and bulletins, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the aircraft fleet. Additionally, the role entails reviewing and amending internal documents such as maintenance organization exposition and quality control procedures, with the aim of aligning them with evolving regulatory requirements.

To qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering or hold a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer certification, ideally with a double license. Furthermore, a minimum of six years’ experience in civil aircraft maintenance, including at least two years in Quality Control, is required. This role demands individuals with a strong foundation in aircraft maintenance practices, coupled with a keen understanding of quality assurance principles and regulatory compliance.

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Interested candidates Click to “Apply Here”

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