Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Topic: Airlines

Why airline passengers’ safety is at ‘risk’ when 5G towers are placed around airports

At least 25 flights operated by Boeing 777 jets to the US were cancelled after the rollout of 5G services was announced. Alarm bells have been sounded in India too.

Solid waste could play an important role in fueling airlines

Bio-waste is the next fuel for the global air transport industry if it wants to achieve net-zero emissions as promised in October 2021.

UK moves India from ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list, lifts institutional quarantine for travellers

The decision to exempt vaccinated travellers from mandatory hotel quarantine has come as a relief for the Indian diaspora in the UK, who had been demanding the easing of travel norms.

Airlines add flights out of India to bring home residents, citizens amid Covid crisis

Air India Ltd. plans to increase its weekly frequency of flights to the US to 32 starting 11 May, up from the current 29. That compares with about 33 weekly flights before Covid.

China’s state-run airline suspends flights to India carrying Covid supplies for 15 days

Sichuan Airlines said it has decided to suspend the flights due to sudden changes in the epidemic situation in India and to reduce the number of imported cases.

Delhi govt files FIR against 4 airlines for failing to check Covid reports of Maharashtra flyers

The government has also registered FIRs against two private hospitals in the city for providing ‘false’ information about availability of beds there on an official app.

Covid surge hits air travel, so carriers turn to govt for financial help, lower capacity limit

Barely a month after Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo began rebuilding after disastrous 2020, new Covid wave has forced 20-50% drop in bookings.

Grounded pilots without practice spark safety fears for some airlines

Pilots aren’t getting enough opportunity to fly because airlines have grounded planes & scaled back operations due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Airlines face ‘mission of the century’ in shipping Covid vaccines

Laid low by a Covid outbreak that’s decimated passenger demand, airlines will be the workhorses of the attempt to eradicate it, hauling billions of vials of vaccine across the globe.

Airlines set to lose record $157 billion in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic

IATA predicts airline industry won't turn cash positive till Q4 of 2021, which is earlier than expected, thanks to the hope of Covid vaccines coming soon.

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Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

Quad has a sea of challenges. Navy can take cue from a Maratha admiral who sank English ships

Even though Kanhoji’s navy held its own against the English and Portuguese, its fleet never truly modernised. Indian Navy could learn from his tale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.