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Vistara becomes first Indian airline to provide sanitary pads onboard domestic flights

Vistara becomes first Indian airline to provide sanitary pads onboard domestic flights

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  • Vistara to provide organic bio-degradable sanitary napkins to customers upon request
  • Service to be available on all flights across Vistara network started 8 March 2019
  • Part of ‘Vistara for Women’: A suite of services especially for women
  • All-women crew to operate retro-themed flights on the #VistaraRetroJet between Delhi and Goa on Women’s Day with crew in retro-uniforms

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New Delhi, 6 March 2019: India’s finest full-service carrier, Vistara, today announced another thoughtful initiative #PadsOnBoard, whereby it will provide sanitary pads onboard its flights to women travellers on request, starting this International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019. This initiative makes Vistara the first Indian airline to offer sanitary pads on flights within India. The airline will provide ISO 9001:2015 certified, bio-degradable and organic sanitary napkins made from plant-based fibres that are free of plastic, toxins and perfume.

Recognizing the need for this essential amenity, the airline introduced this service to assure women travellers of a comfortable flying experience every time they fly Vistara. Vistara’s cabin crew will make in-flight announcements on all flights to create awareness among travellers that sanitary pads are now available onboard for customers to freely ask for it if they need it.

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Commenting on the initiative,Ms. Deepa Chadha, Senior Vice President – HR & Corporate Affairs,said: “At Vistara, everything we do stems from the concept of ‘intuitive thoughtfulness’. It is this simple, humane perspective that makes us different from any other airline, and the reason that Vistara is the first choice for air travellers in India today. The initiative to provide sanitary pads to our customers is a meaningful one that reflects our core philosophy that ‘small things make a big difference’. As a woman, I feel a greater sense of pride for being part of an organization that’s providing such an essential amenity to customers – something that will help so many travellers in times of need.”

The introduction of #PadsOnBoard is part of Vistara’s focus on services and amenities for women travellers, adding to #VistaraWomanFlyer service that was launched in 2017 to provide certain benefits and peace of mind to solo women travelers. Together, these products and services will come under the ‘Vistara for Women’ service umbrella, as Vistara continues to lead the way on this front in India.

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Russia to Welcome Another Addition to Its Fleet: The Ilyushin Il-114-300 Turboprop Aircraft

Russia to Welcome Another Addition to Its Fleet: The Ilyushin Il-114-300 Turboprop Aircraft

Ongoing sanctions against Russia have posed significant challenges in managing airline passengers due to limitations in the available aircraft fleet. To address this issue, Russia has initiated the revitalization of aerospace projects previously dedicated to passenger planes, repurposing them to meet domestic aviation demands.

Airlines have already completed construction across all segments of the aircraft, with a focus on models produced by United Aircraft Corporation such as the MC 21 and Sukhoi Superjet 100, which are currently vital to the country’s aviation industry. Additionally, the Illyushin 114 aircraft is set to join this roster, further bolstering Russia’s aviation capabilities.

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Ilyushin Il-114-300 reintroduced in 2016

The Ilyushin Il-114 (Russian Илью́шин Ил-114) is a twin-engine turboprop airliner developed in Russia for local routes. It was designed as a replacement for the Antonov An-24 and made its first flight in 1990. A total of 20 Il-114s were initially constructed.

Production of the Il-114 spanned from 1992 to 2012. However, recognizing the significance of turboprop aircraft, efforts were made to enhance its development. Consequently, in 2016, it was reintroduced.

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The company announced plans to restart production with entirely Russian components, scheduling a new maiden flight in 2019 and aiming for the first commercial aircraft to enter service by 2021.

Ilyushin Il-114-300 Experimental flight test

Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), a subsidiary of “Rostec,” has resumed the flight testing of the Ilyushin Il-114-300, according to reports from Russian media.

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The second experimental aircraft conducted its maiden flight from the Voronin airfield in the Moscow region. Lasting 40 minutes, the flight operated at altitudes up to 900 meters and reached a maximum speed of 230 kilometers per hour.

The Il-114-300 is an upgraded version of the Il-114, initially developed from 1986 to 1990 to enhance regional connectivity. It is set to replace the outdated Antonov An-24 on domestic flights within Russia.

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Following a plan announced in June 2022, aimed at increasing the proportion of domestically produced aircraft to 80% of the Russian fleet by the end of the decade due to international sanctions after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, around 70 Il-114-300s are anticipated to be manufactured by the decade’s end.

Featuring a crew of two and a passenger capacity of up to 64 individuals, the Il-114-300 measures 26.88 meters in length, with a wingspan of 30.00 meters and a height of 9.19 meters. It has a wing area of 81.90 square meters and an aspect ratio of 11:1. The aircraft’s empty weight is 15,000 kilograms, with a maximum takeoff weight of 23,500 kilograms. It can carry 8,780 liters of fuel.

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Equipped with two Klimov TV7-117S turboprop engines, each producing 1,839 kilowatts of power, the Il-114-300 achieves a maximum speed of 500 kilometers per hour and a cruise speed of 470 kilometers per hour. It boasts a range of 1,000 kilometers with a full passenger load.

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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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7 best airplane movies to watch on Netflix

7 best airplane movies to watch on Netflix
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Society of the Snow

Society of the Snow

2024 | Maturity Rating:A | 2h 25m | Drama

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Following a plane crash in the remote heart of the Andes, survivors join forces and become each other’s best hope as they navigate their way back home.

The film depicts the real-life events of a Uruguayan rugby team’s harrowing ordeal following the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes mountains in 1972. Featuring a cast predominantly comprised of Uruguayan and Argentine actors, many of whom are emerging talents, the movie premiered in Uruguay on December 13, 2023. It garnered critical acclaim, securing 12 awards, notably including Best Picture and Best Director at the 38th Goya Awards.

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Top Gun: Maverick

2022 | Maturity Rating:U/A 13+ | 2h 11m | Action

After more than 30 years as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Maverick trains a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized — and dangerous — mission.

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The narrative follows Maverick as he grapples with his personal history while mentoring a new generation of Top Gun graduates, among them the son of his late closest companion, for a perilous assignment. “Maverick” made its debut at CinemaCon on April 28, 2022, before hitting theaters across the United States. The film achieved remarkable financial success, grossing $1.496 billion worldwide, thus becoming the second highest-grossing film overall and the most lucrative of Tom Cruise’s career.

Into the Night

2020 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 2 Seasons | Sci-Fi

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Passengers and crew aboard a hijacked overnight flight scramble to outrace the sun as a mysterious cosmic event wreaks havoc on the world below.

The inaugural season of the series revolves around a group of individuals who find themselves aboard a red-eye flight from Brussels, only to have their journey disrupted by a hijacking. Terenzio, an Italian NATO soldier, commandeers the plane, insisting on an early departure. As the narrative unfolds, these few passengers become survivors of a catastrophic global phenomenon triggered by exposure to sunlight.

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In the subsequent season, the remaining survivors embark on a quest to reach safety within a NATO bunker located in Bulgaria, where they hope to shield themselves from the lethal effects of the sun’s rays. Premiering on Netflix on May 1, 2020, the series marks Netflix’s debut Belgian original production. The second season premiered on September 8, 2021, further delving into the survivors’ struggle for survival in the face of an unprecedented threat.

Manifest

2018 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 4 Seasons | Drama

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When a plane mysteriously lands years after takeoff, the people onboard return to a world that has moved on without them and face strange new realities.

“Manifest” is an American supernatural drama series that follows the events surrounding Montego Air Flight 828. During a routine flight from Jamaica to New York City, the plane encounters sudden and intense turbulence. Upon landing at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, the 191 passengers and crew are informed by NSA deputy director Robert “Bobby” Vance that more than five and a half years have elapsed during their time in the air, a period during which they were believed to be deceased.

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Keep Breathing

2022 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 1 Season | Drama

When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone survivor must battle the elements — and her personal demons — to stay alive.

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“Keep Breathing” is a survival drama limited series crafted by Martin Gero and Brendan Gall for Netflix. With a total of six gripping episodes, the show debuted on July 28, 2022. The narrative centers on Liv Rivera, a pragmatic lawyer from New York City, whose journey takes a dramatic turn when her plane crashes while traversing northern Canada. Stranded in the unforgiving wilderness with nothing but her wits and determination, Liv embarks on a profound inner journey, drawing upon her past experiences to muster the resilience needed to endure and survive.

Blood Red Sky

2021 | Maturity Rating:A | 2h 3m | Horror

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When a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight, a mysteriously ill woman must unleash a monstrous secret to protect her young son.

Released on July 23, 2021, by Netflix, the story centers around Nadja, a German widow, and her son Elias as they prepare to board a flight to New York. Nadja, who appears to be battling leukemia, intends to seek medical treatment from a doctor in the United States. At the airport, Elias strikes up a friendship with a man named Farid, while Nadja grapples with the discomfort caused by her medication. As the passengers settle in for the journey, a sinister plot unfolds as a group of individuals, including co-pilot Bastian, carry out a heinous act. They murder the sky marshals and tamper with the black box, effectively disabling the plane’s radar tracking capabilities.

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Catch Me If You Can

2002 | Maturity Rating:U/A 16+ | 2h 21m | Drama

An FBI agent makes it his mission to put cunning con man Frank Abagnale Jr. behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

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Catch Me If You Can” is an American biographical crime comedy-drama from 2002. The film portrays the exploits of a young man who alleges that before turning 19, he executed cons amounting to millions of dollars, assuming various roles such as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. However, the veracity of his claims remains highly contentious.

Despite the controversy surrounding the protagonist’s accounts, the movie was a commercial triumph, amassing a global box office revenue of $352 million.

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