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Cathay Pacific plane makes an emergency landing in the middle of nowhere

No one likes emergency landings to happen to them neither the crew nor the passengers as it breaks your otherwise smooth journey into a not so expected detour which can sometime get unbearably painful. Still there are situations where you may end up landing at otherwise full-fledged airports or at times at airports with bare basics but rarely would it be a situation where you would end up landing an island that just houses an air force base. According to Bloomberg, a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at the Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island which is about 1,500 miles off the coast of Alaska and is nearer to Russia than it is to the USA but being…

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Oxygen mask selfies and Boeing moving away from titanium in 787

If you are sane and in an emergency situation I am sure I for one wouldn’t be the one clicking selfies but it seems like some people aboard the United flight UA447 from Denver to Los Angeles seem to find clicking selfies as natural response to any emergency situation. Due to a medical emergency the pilot on the plane decided to divert the flight to the nearest airport and deployed oxygen masks as a safety measure, once the masks were deployed. The smartphones came out and lo and behold it was selfie time for some of them. You can read more about it here. Boeing 787 has proven to be quite a revolutionary plane due to use of various unique elements in its construction whether…

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Earn Singapore Airlines miles on Singapore F1 Grand prix tickets

Singapore Airlines is running a promotion whereby you can buy the Singapore Grand Prix tickets and earn miles. Singapore Airlines last year became the title sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix and since then it has been doing various promotion activities to engage the F1 fans. The following are the ticket deals that are on offer: All in all the deals are priced at market price of the tickets with the added incentive of earning KrisFlyer miles. There are also options to book packages including flights and stay in on and off race track hotels. You can find more details about all the available offers at the special website for the event: http://sianightrace.com/index.html Are you going to avail one of these offers to earn KrisFlyer…

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What does DGCA report reveal about state of India based airlines?

India based airlines can rarely be classified as truly low-cost carriers (LCC) and this is due to a mixture of the following facts: Government policy which does not allow spilt up pricing of each part such as baggage and other add-ons similar to what the Ryanair’s and Air Asia’s of the world do. Lack of availability or permission to use secondary airports where airport charges are a fraction of the big airports. It is due to continued policy paralysis that hasn’t allowed development of new airports in decades and has disallowed any up-gradation of other airfields that could be used by such carriers. Instead the government has always played catch up by using airstrips meant for defence use which results in further congestion and lack…

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Stay 2 nights at Trident properties for a chance to win 100,000 miles

Trident Hotels is running a promotion whereby you can stay for 2 consecutive nights at one of the participating properties and you can be eligible to win 100,000 miles. The offer is valid for check-ins between 22nd June and 31st August, 2015 and the list of the participating properties is as below: Trident, Bhubaneswar Trident, Chennai Trident, Gurgaon Trident, Hyderabad Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai To avail the offer you need to join the Trident privilege program and book your qualifying stay. You can sign up for Trident Privilege here The airline programs that are partners for the transfer of 100,000 miles are as below: American Airlines AAdvantage® program Hawaiian Airlines® HawaiianMiles® United Mileage Plus® Virgin America Elevate Virgin Atlantic Flying Club…

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Lifetime chance to visit the Singapore Airlines Training Center

For the first time, Singapore Airlines is throwing open the doors of its famed training center on 25th July 2015 for the public to witness what goes into the making of the iconic customer care. The airline is organizing the Open house at the SIA Training Center & Sports Club in Singapore as part of the SG50 celebrations to showcase about what goes in to train the best of the best pilots and crew. Singapore Airlines is a pioneer in the aviation industry for setting trends that others have followed. The airline will be organizing the following tours for the public: Flight Simulator Tour Cabin Crew Training Tour Safety Training Tour Junior Cabin Crew Experience Each of these tours is going to offer a unique…

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United plane makes a sudden turn back at the most unexpected stages of takeoff

There have been media reports stating that United flight UA83 from New Delhi to Newark had to make an unexpected turn back right when it was taxiing on its way to take off. Airport authorities seem to have requested for the plane to come back to the boarding to pick up two passengers who are reported to be denied entry into India. This strange sequence of events doesn’t come without its share of controversy, on one hand where Indian authorities are denying that they were the ones who requested the plane to turn back. United in other hand is staying mum about confirming any details although it acknowledges the incident. Flights bound to the USA undergo multiple level of security checks before takeoff post 9/11…

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Are cockpit selfies making flying riskier?

There has been a lot of talk about cockpit safety in wake of recent incidents and how advent in technology is bringing more distractions for the crew. There have been incidents that have shown how even the trained crew are unaware that they maybe breaking the rules. Quartz ran an interesting piece illustrating how cockpit crew was blatantly clicking selfies all the while when it is expected that the cockpit should be sterile. As explained in the article this has been a cause of catastrophic accidents at times and it is only bound to get worse as and how technology invades every possible space in our lives. They also published a follow up about the rules in places from FAA and European agencies about the…

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Luckiest way to earn 10,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

Singapore Airlines is running a promotion whereby every 50th person to join their KrisFlyer frequent flyer program and fly within 3 months of joining on Singapore Airlines or Silk Air will be awarded 10,000 miles until 31st August 2015. This promotion is celebrating the 50th birthday of Singapore and as nations flag carrier, Singapore Airlines has been running a host of events for this special occasion. I had blogged earlier about the Singapore Airlines A380 flagship plane decked up in Singapore colors that would be flying select routes this year. I expect more such promotions to be coming our way from the airline this year and it would be exciting to see what else they have to offer. In order to avail this offer you…

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Singapore Airlines to sport new livery on its A380s

Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence and as part of these celebrations; Singapore Airlines has decided to mark the occasion by painting 2 of its Airbus A380s in the national colours. As per the press release from Singapore Airlines the jumbos will be painted in “the special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.” The first of the A380s to don the new livery will start flying in early June and the second in July. The Airbus A380s are expected to be donning the livery up until the end of 2015, and will be operating the routes from Singapore to Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich. Also the two inboard engines would be displaying the…

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