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On board a rescue flight plane evacuating sick and wounded young Gazans to Abu Dhabi

On board a rescue flight plane evacuating sick and wounded young Gazans to Abu Dhabi

As the sun set over El Arish International Airport in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, February 20, a dozen ambulances and a few buses were parked side by side. In the hangar, some 200 Palestinians, evacuees from Gaza, were completing administrative formalities before boarding a Boeing 777 belonging to the Emirati airline Etihad, bound for Abu Dhabi. Among them were injured children accompanied by at least one relative, cancer patients and residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Since mid-November 2023, around 500 Palestinians from Gaza have been welcomed and cared for in this Gulf oil monarchy. This is but a drop in an ocean of need. According to Gazan health authorities, the war has killed nearly 30,000 Palestinians and wounded 70,000 others. By mid-February, only 11 of the 36 hospitals in the Gaza Strip were still operating. There are more and more reports of families struggling to feed their children and of a growing risk of death from hunger, particularly in northern Gaza, which is virtually out of reach of supply convoys. “Hunger and …

Delta’s solar eclipse flight sold out, but your best bet to see it is still down here

Delta’s solar eclipse flight sold out, but your best bet to see it is still down here

Earlier this week, Delta Air Lines announced an extra flight for its April 8 schedule, timed specifically to provide passengers an aerial view of the total solar eclipse. But if you were still hoping to snag a ticket for the afternoon jaunt alongside the path of totality, you’re already out of luck—seats aboard the Airbus A220-300 sold out within 24 hours. According to Delta’s original announcement, DL Flight 1218 with service from Austin to Detroit will depart at 12:15 PM CST for its roughly 1,380-mile, 3-hour-long trip. Once at a cruising altitude of 30,000-feet, passengers will be able to view the celestial event through the plane’s “extra-large windows,” which the official Airbus specs manual says measure in at 11×16 inches. For comparison, a Boeing 777 includes 10×15 inch glimpses of the outside world. Everyone on the plane will receive special glasses to safely watch the eclipse (which is nice to hear, given how few free amenities remain on most commercial flights). [Related: We can predict solar eclipses to the second. Here’s how.] While the solar …

Best eclipse flight deals: Book yourself a trip to see the April 2024 solar eclipse for as low as

Best eclipse flight deals: Book yourself a trip to see the April 2024 solar eclipse for as low as $49

This year, all eyes are on April 8. That’s when a rare total solar eclipse will pass over Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, giving people in the right place at the right time the opportunity to witness the moon completely block out the sun. If you want in on the action, you’ll need to get yourself near the path of totality (where you can see the total solar eclipse). Here are the best flight deals to book today if you’re ready to witness one of the most spectacular natural shows our universe offers. Best flight deals to witness the 2024 total solar eclipse Best flight deal for in-air views Delta Air Lines Prices start at $179 (one-way) These days, travel doesn’t come cheap. But getting to witness a total solar eclipse is likely to be an unforgettable experience. The moon will completely block the sun over the path of totality, so if you’re curious to catch a glimpse, you’ll want to head as close to this path as possible. Destinations like Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, …

Putin takes a flight in nuclear-capable bomber in a tough message to the West ahead of election

Putin takes a flight in nuclear-capable bomber in a tough message to the West ahead of election

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday took a co-pilot’s seat in a nuclear-capable strategic bomber on a flight that appeared aimed at bolstering his image ahead of next month’s election he’s all but certain to win. Putin’s 30-minute flight in a Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber also seemed intended to send a reminder of Russia’s nuclear might amid soaring tensions with the West over the fighting in Ukraine. Putin, 71, who is running as an independent candidate, relies on a tight control over Russia’s political system that he has established during 24 years in power. Friday’s death of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sent a chilling reminder of the Kremlin’s ruthless crackdown on dissent and dealt a heavy blow to the beleaguered Russian opposition. On Thursday, Putin, clad in a flight suit, boarded the warplane at a snow-covered airfield of an aircraft-making plant in the Volga River city of Kazan that has built the heavy bombers since the Soviet times. The plant has received state orders to produce a modernized version of …

Boeing ousts head of 737 jetliner program weeks after panel blowout on a flight over Oregon

Boeing ousts head of 737 jetliner program weeks after panel blowout on a flight over Oregon

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Wednesday that the head of its 737 jetliner program is leaving the company in an executive shake-up weeks after a door panel blew out on a flight over Oregon, renewing questions about safety at the company. Boeing announced that Ed Clark, who had been with the company for nearly 18 years and led the 737 program since early 2021, was leaving immediately. Clark oversaw the factory in Renton, Washington, where final assembly took place on the Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 involved in last month’s accident. Federal investigators said bolts needed to help keep a panel called a door plug in place were missing after repair work on the plane. Katie Ringgold, a vice president in charge of delivering 737s to airlines, will succeed Clark as vice president and general manager of the 737 program and the Renton factory, according to an email to employees from Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division. The company announced several other appointments, including naming longtime executive Elizabeth Lund to the new …

Singapore paves way for local space tech start-ups to take flight on global stage

Singapore paves way for local space tech start-ups to take flight on global stage

In 2022, Singapore announced that it will be investing S$150 million (US$111 million) to help firms research and develop the country’s space capabilities. EnterpriseSG is also seeing increasing private sector interest and funding into the space tech industry.  SECTOR SET TO GROW Local space tech start-up Equatorial Space Systems, which was founded in 2017, has managed to raise some US$2.6 million in funding to develop hybrid rockets that are non-explosive. “We have witnessed a resilient interest in space tech, far more resilient than to more fluctuating industries,” said Equatorial Space founder Simon Gwozdz.  “I think more investors, including commercial investors, who have never previously looked seriously at space technologies are seeing that (the space scene) is here to stay and it’s here to grow relentlessly.” However, the company has been sending the rockets elsewhere for testing, due to space constraints in Singapore. “Singapore is spatially compact, and it’s difficult to find places for testing of our systems. So for that reason, we have to maintain presence in a couple of different countries internationally, where we …

Woman sparks debate over reclining her seat on 10-hour flight

Woman sparks debate over reclining her seat on 10-hour flight

Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter A traveller has claimed she argued with a plane passenger behind her over reclining her seat. On 16 February, a frustrated TikToker took to social media to ask her followers for advice. As a travel content creator, it’s not unusual for Taylor to share the intimate details of her excursions. However, in this instance, she was seeking suggestions from people. Taylor posted a close-up video of her face with an on-screen caption that read: “Y’all, this girl just shoved my seat forward and said I’m not allowed to recline for my 10-hour flight because it’s too much for her.” “What do I do?” she continued. “What would you do?” With about 1.2 million views on TikTok, Taylor received over 5,000 comments from followers offering candid recommendations. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. I wouldn’t like it if someone [did] it to me …

3 Things People Should Stop Doing On Planes, According To A Flight Attendant

3 Things People Should Stop Doing On Planes, According To A Flight Attendant

Most of us who’ve flown frequently know the drill when it comes to flight attendants’ recommendations — listen to the safety announcements, don’t be gross and please don’t be belligerent. (Not that those basic things aren’t a struggle for all too many passengers nowadays).  But one flight attendant says there are a few additional things that way too many of us are doing on flights, and they range from unsafe to downright gross. Cher, a Dallas-based flight attendant, TikToker, and, it must be said, possessor of a truly fabulous name, recently shared three tips for passengers that go well beyond the regular don’t-be-a-jerk directives — things she sees passengers doing all the time that she’d never do herself. RELATED: Couple Flying Southwest Called Out For Blocking An Aisle Seat While Searching For The ‘Perfect’ Passenger Here are 3 things people should stop doing on flights, according to a flight attendant 1. Wearing shorts Huh? What’s the problem with shorts? If it’s hot outside, it’s hot inside them pant legs, too, right? But Cher says there are “so many reasons” she would never …

Microsoft Flight Simulator Dune Expansion announced

Microsoft Flight Simulator Dune Expansion announced

Microsoft Flight Simulator has introduced an exciting new feature for fans of both aviation and the iconic Dune series. This latest update, which is available at no extra cost, coincides with the highly anticipated release of Dune: Part Two, premiering in theaters and IMAX on March 1, 2024. The highlight of this expansion is the introduction of the Royal Atreides Ornithopter, a mythical aircraft from the Dune novels. This addition is not just for show; players will find detailed tutorials and activities that will guide them through the unique ways this aircraft operates in the game. It’s an opportunity for players to immerse themselves in the “Dune” world and experience flight in a way that’s different from the usual planes featured in the simulator. Flight Simulator Dune Microsoft has also announced the release of special “Dune“-inspired gaming hardware. Fans can look forward to a custom-designed Xbox Series S and a unique floating Xbox Controller, both adorned with “Dune” artwork. These items will be available through a special sweepstakes, offering fans a chance to own a …

This premium AI flight deal service is .99 for Presidents Day

This premium AI flight deal service is $49.99 for Presidents Day

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn more › Saving on travel can make your vacations easier to enjoy, and for business travelers, it can make respecting your budget can go a long way. To secure the best flights for the best rates, you’re better off relying on a computer-powered platform that can scan the internet around the clock for you. Setting itself apart from competitors, OneAir is an AI-powered flight deal alert service that could serve you well.  This OneAir Premium Plan lifetime subscription is on sale for just $49.99 (reg. $290) during a Presidents Day sale. It uses machine learning and AI technology to scan the internet constantly tracking millions of fares in real time. This robust and exhaustive system ensures that users can get alerts and access to the best deals as soon as possible.  When it comes to searching, booking, and managing your travel experiences, the OneAir mobile app goes a long way. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices, …