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World’s jumbo jets could soon be in cold storage as Covid freezes international travel

Since mid-March, most jumbo jets have barely flown except on short hops to maintain pilots’ certifications, while many furloughs seem to be becoming permanent.

Centre reviews arrangements for travellers arriving through flights under air bubbles

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla Thursday chaired a high level meeting to review measures like paid quarantine, two-layered health screening among others.
An air hostess wearing a PPE kit gives safety advisory to the passengers | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why coronavirus will make everything you hate about flying worse

Financial consequences of Covid for large carriers & their employees will be wrenching & passengers who do start flying again will have to bear the costs.
Indigo Airlines

In a bid for safe travel, IndiGo to allow double seat bookings from 24 July

Passengers will be able to book two seats on one boarding pass, and charges for the second seat will be 25% of the first one.
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Era of jumbo jet is over as Boeing quietly pulls the plug on 747

The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle-area factory in about two years, a decision that hasn’t been reported but can be teased out from Boeing statements.
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Indian airlines face risk of extinction as Modi govt refuses to rescue them

Indian airlines need $2.5 billion to keep flying, but Modi govt hasn’t doled out funds to industries or airlines backed by private businesses or billionaires.
An Air India aircraft

DGCA warns airports against easing wildlife control measures despite reduced air traffic

The DGCA mentioned birds and wildlife are expected to expand their environment in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, increasing the risk of collision with aircrafts.
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With flights yet to resume, cheap beach destinations could turn into exotic holidays

The virus has been destabilizing for Southeast Asia, whose rosy economic outlook before Covid was premised in large part on booming international travel.
Ebola virus

Congo now hit by Ebola, Bangkok hotels sell luxury quarantine & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Medics screen passengers as they arrive at the NSCBI Airport to catch a flight for Guwahati, amid ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in Kolkata, Thursday, May 28, 2020. | PTI

More than 1.65 lakh people have travelled in 2,198 flights after resumption of air travel

16 asymptomatic passengers on seven different flights have tested positive for Covid-19 so far after landing in their respective destinations.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.