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    Bogged airplane recovered at Rockhampton airport five days after sinking in soft ground

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    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2022-07-16/recovery-efforts-continue-for-bogged-rockhampton-airport-plane/101241174


    In January of either 2012 or 2013 I went on a picnic date with a lady who professed to being a Qantas pilot. The date did not go anywhere (I crashed and burned) but I do remember that she said she flew Boeing 717s on the Brisbane to Rockhampton route.

    Just wondering if she might be this luckless pilot...

    In these wokeish times any hint of the pilot being a lady would be hushed up and the news neutered and degenderised so we will never know.

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    757 comeback ? Probably not. Boeing cant seem to take on big projects anymore

    Last edited by Backspin; 27-07-2022 at 04:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    Some things have changed for the better. 'arry no longer professes to be an IT expert and shows he can make a tit of himself when discussing a diverse range of topics. Please send me lots of greens, Mr Cuda, I need them as red does not suit me.
    No one asks dumb IT questions any more as I've educated them.

    Or do you have a dumb one left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    757 comeback ? Probably not. Boeing cant seem to take on big projects anymore
    It cost too much to produce and was undercut by the 737NG family for the lower passenger number market and not as good as the 767 on the higher passenger number market.

    Isn't the 787 filling the gap between the 737 and the 777?

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    Nok Air plane slides off runway in Chiang Rai, all flights cancelled

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    A Nok Air Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway while landing at the Mae Fah Luang international airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai in heavy rain on Saturday night but nobody was hurt.
    According to an announcement issued by the airline on Saturday, Nok Air Flight DD108 (Don Mueang - Chiang Rai) with 164 passengers and six crew members on board departed from Don Mueang airport at 8.03pm and arrived at Mae Fah Luang airport at 9.06pm.

    While landing, the aircraft slid off the runway because of the heavy rain but the pilots managed to safely bring the aircraft to a halt. All of the passengers and crew members were safely moved to the passenger building. Nobody was injured.

    An investigation was underway into the incident.

    According to the announcement, the company took good care of the passengers by providing them with snacks and drinks while waiting for their luggage.
    However, some of the passengers posted comments on Facebook, saying that they were not provided with any refreshments as announced by the airline.


    Nok Air said on Sunday that all flights to Chiang Rai were cancelled.
    The Mae Fah Luang airport also said the runway would be closed on Sunday between 6am and 10pm due to the incident.

    As a result, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet and Thai Air Asia will on Sunday transport their departing passengers by bus from Mae Fah Luang airport in Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai international airport, from where they can further travel by air to their destinations.

    Passengers continued to air anger at the low-cost airline about its claims it had helped passengers on the plane and others with flight bookings.
    Many complained about a busy signal at its call centre 1318, saying they tried calling for hours without anyone picking up. They only heard an automated reply apologising for inconvenience as the line was busy.
    They also criticised Nok Air for failing to take care of passengers with outgoing flights after other airlines arranged buses to take their customers to the airport in Chiang Mai.
    A Facebook user named Warangkhana Wongchai said after the incident, crew members kept most passengers in the aircraft for about an hour, allowing fewer than 20 to leave. They were eventually permitted to disembark only after mounting complaints from passengers saying they found it difficult to breathe in the cabin, she said.

    Nok Air plane slides off runway in Chiang Rai, all flights cancelled
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    Can you imagine the run on the restrooms in the terminal after that ordeal?

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    Having once spent about 6 hours taxiing around Heathrow without so much as a drink, I think they got off very lightly.

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    I meant they needed to clean their pants out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I meant they needed to clean their pants out.
    So do I.


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    Chiang Rai Runway Closed For 4 Days After Nok Air Jet Skids

    CTN News) – After a Nok Air plane skidded off the runway in heavy rain at Chiang Rai airport on Saturday night, the airport will be closed for four days.


    Initially, the airport issued a Notice to Airmen (Notam) to all airlines, notifying them that the airport would be closed on Sunday as a result of weather conditions. Nevertheless, the closure was extended until August 3.


    Mae Fah Luang airport explained that officials needed time to remove the stricken Nok Air plane after it careered off the runway.

    It happened around 9pm on Saturday as Nok Air flight DD108 attempted to land in heavy rain. From Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, the Boeing 737-800 carried 164 passengers and six crew members.


    According to Nok Air, the pilot of the plane managed to bring the aircraft to a safe stop and then transport all of the passengers and crew members to the terminal safely. The accident is being investigated.


    Chiang Rai Runway Closed For 4 Days After Nok Air Jet Skids

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    Thai Airways extends travel rebookings by 12 months


    Would-be travellers on Thai Airways flights will see any travel credit remain valid until the end of 2023.


    The Star Alliance member has added 12 months to the original use-by date of 31 December 2022 for “original tickets for flight reservations on/after 01 Jan 2020 and on/before 14 Oct 2021” which remain "active in the Reservations system with an ‘open’ coupon status (not cancelled or refunded).”


    With Thailand now largely reopen following the removal of on-arrival testing and the Thailand Pass at the end of June – although pre-departure tests are still required – passengers with outstanding tickets can rebook “without penalty or additional fare collection if booked on the same route and in the same booking class” the airline says.


    You can also choose to change your routing and which class you’re flying in, although naturally an adjustment in fares will apply – in both cases, travel must be completed by 31 December 2023.


    However, Thai Airways says that refunds against cancelled flights remains an ongoing process and it is "unable to estimate the settlement time for individual refunds” from the airline or via travel agents.


    “If you have applied for a ticket refund, either for a ticket issued by a travel agent, or a ticket issued via thaiairways.com, please be reminded that the refund process is ongoing under the direction of the Court-approved business rehabilitation plan.”


    However, visitors could find Thailand a more expensive destination than in the past two years with the country now planning to raise hotel rates to pre-pandemic levels to support a faster recovery of the industry.


    Thailand’s tourism ministry plans to ask hotel operators to implement a dual-tariff structure under which foreign visitors may be charged rates similar to pre-pandemic days while locals may continue to enjoy discounted rates.


    Hotels in tourism hotspots such as Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui continue to offer huge discounts to draw back visitors after the pandemic pushed room occupancy rates to about 30%.


    Thai Airways extends travel rebookings by 12 months - Executive Traveller

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    although pre-departure tests are still required
    Wha ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    Wha ?
    That's not even what it says on the article they link to


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    The captain of the Nok Air flight that slid off the runway at Chiang Rai airport will be summoned by regulators to explain why passengers were kept on board the aircraft for about an hour after the accident.

    Suttipong Kongpool, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), said on Monday that the chief pilot of flight DD108 will be ordered to defend the decision.

    "The rationale behind the decision is what the CAAT needs to hear from the captain," Mr Suttipong told the "Inside Thailand" news programme.


    The Don Mueang-Chiang Rai flight with 164 passengers and six crew slid off the runway and its undercarriage collapsed as it landed in heavy rain at Mae Fah Luang in the northern province on Saturday night. There were no injuries.

    The captain turned off the engines of the 737-800 Boeing aircraft after the accident, leaving the passenger cabin in darkness and without air conditioning.

    The passengers were then told to stay on board until buses arranged by the airline arrived to take them to the terminal.

    After about an hour fewer than 20 passengers had left by vans. The remaining passengers started complaining about the stuffy conditions in the cabin, the lack of fresh air causing breathing problems and the possible dangers of staying in their seats in the dark.

    In a video taken by a passenger in the cabin, a woman crew member was heard trying to calm down the angry passengers and telling them to remain seated. She said, "Passengers are not allowed on runways."


    The passengers insisted on leaving the plane and the captain eventually permitted one of the eight emergency exit doors to be opened so they could disembark on a slide.


    Under international aviation protocols, all passengers must be evacuated from the aircraft within 90 seconds of a serious incident, according to the CAAT chief. But the evacuation rules were also flexible, depending on the circumstances and safety of the passengers and aircraft, he said.


    "The captain is the one who makes the decision on evacuation after assessing the situation, including external factors," Mr Suttipong said.


    The CAAT chief also said passengers were allowed to stand on runways in case of emergency, although they were off limits in normal circumstances.


    It was not known whether the captain was a man or a woman.


    Mr Suttipong said the aviation regulator would not be quick to blame the chief pilot for the slow evacuation that kept most passengers inside the aircraft without sufficient air to breathe. Heavy rain and the need to wait for the buses could be among the reasons for the decision, he said.


    Nok Air has also not explained the decision.


    Nok Air chief executive Wutthiphum Jurangkool told the Stock Exchange of Thailand in a filing on Monday that the airline was in compliance with all aviation safety guidelines to ensure the safety of all passengers. The airline would investigate the accident, he said.


    Mae Fah Luang airport management said on Monday the airport strictly followed emergency procedures after the accident on Saturday night. This included the quick dispatch of fire engines to the aircraft and the closure of the runway for the safety of other airplanes.


    The airport remains closed until Wednesday, while the Boeing jet is removed and the runway examined for damage.

    Pilot must explain why passengers were kept aboard damaged plane

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    What a shit show.

    British Airways has suspended selling short-haul flights from Heathrow for at least a week - as another European airport announced it was extending a cap on passenger numbers.

    The decision to stop new bookings on domestic and European services until and including Monday is to comply with Heathrow's cap on passenger numbers, BA confirmed.
    British Airways selling new tickets for short-haul flights from Heathrow - as European airport extends capacity cap | UK News | Sky News

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    CAAT advises Thai airlines to avoid air space over and near Taiwan

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued an advisory to all Thai airlines to avoid air space around Taiwan, as the Chinese government has declared the airspace a “dangerous zone” due to its military exercises in the area.


    All Thai airlines are instructed, by the CAAT, to adhere to China’s NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) strictly and to check regularly for any new NOTAM issued by China.


    The announcement came after China’s Defence Ministry announced that they will stage air and sea military drills around Taiwan, from Thursday to Sunday, to protest a recent visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

    CAAT advises Thai airlines to avoid air space over and near Taiwan | Thai PBS World : The latest Thai news in English, News Headlines, World News and News Broadcasts in both Thai and English. We bring Thailand to the world

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    Chiang Rai International Airport extends its closure until Friday, August 5th, due to slow aircraft removal process

    The Airports of Thailand (AOT) on Wednesday, August 3rd, announced the closure extension of Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport until August 5th as a Boeing aircraft removal was struggling due to geographical conditions.


    According to the authorities, the removal of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the runway was still unsuccessful as of Tuesday at midnight because the plane’s left main landing gear collapsed due to the ground sinking caused by constant heavy rains.


    Dr. Somchanok Tiamtiabrat, General Manager of Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport, stated that the removal process may need a lot of additional equipment which would take some time to transport to the airport before being used to remove the aircraft.


    Therefore, the AOT announces the extension of the runway closure from August 3rd to 10:00 PM. on August 5th. All flights to and from the airport, therefore, remain canceled.

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    I have visions of someone sitting in a meeting yesterday, saying "I thought you were ordering the cranes".

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    Hands up whose got a Thai Airways flight coming up?



    German investigators believe a shortened approach route given to a Thai Airways Airbus A350-900 crew generated increased time stress, resulting in a botched high-speed descent to Frankfurt that took the twinjet far below the glideslope.

    The aircraft, arriving at night, was just 668ft above ground, while still 6.43nm from the threshold of runway 07R, before it climbed away during a go-around.

    German investigation authority BFU states that four pilots – the captain, first officer, and two cruise pilots – were in the cockpit.
    The cruise pilots were supposed to act as safety observers, and intervene if necessary, but neither pointed out to the operating pilots that the approach was too low.

    The crew had been expecting to follow a preceding aircraft to 07R, and the approach route had been entered into the flight-management system.


    But a passenger medical situation had developed earlier in the flight and, as a result, the controller feeding traffic into the ILS path gave it priority and issued the crew with instructions which shortened the approach, putting the A350 ahead of the preceding aircraft.


    The inquiry believes the medical event was not an emergency and did not justify the shortened route.


    “This instruction exposed the flight crew to time stress,” says BFU, and
    the crew’s actions were subsequently “unco-ordinated” and resulted in “loss of situational awareness”. It adds that the orders of the first officer, who was flying, were “no longer clear” and “partially formulated as questions”.

    While the approach path had to be adjusted in the flight-management system, to allow the vertical guidance to provide the correct path indication, the inquiry believes
    the crew incorrectly programmed the system, with a remaining distance “significantly longer” than the actual one.

    “It is very likely that the indication on the [primary flight display] of the calculated vertical flightpath did not correspond with the mental image of the pilots,” it states.


    BFU believes
    the crew thought the aircraft was far too high above the required approach path, and the first officer flew an open descent, extending the landing-gear, flaps and speedbrakes to lose altitude.

    At about 3,000ft above ground the A350 passed through the glideslope from above, with a descent rate of around 3,000ft/min. The aircraft pitched increasingly nose-down, from 3° to 8°, and its airspeed rose.


    Having previously overshot the localiser, with the approach mode not activated, the aircraft subsequently captured it at 1,820ft above ground with the descent rate increasing to more than 4,000ft/min.

    Sink-rate and glideslope warnings were triggered at 1,340ft – the aircraft was far below the glideslope and still descending at nearly 3,400ft/min – but a go-around was not initiated until the aircraft was just 936ft above ground. It sank a further 184ft and was 688ft above terrain, 4.1 dots below the glideslope, before it started gaining altitude.

    The aircraft conducted a second approach to 07R and landed without further incident.
    Cockpit-voice recorder information shows no discussion of the aborted first approach took place before the second attempt to land.

    None of the 306 passengers and 18 crew members was injured and the jet (HS-THF) was undamaged during the 1 January 2020 occurrence.


    All four cockpit crew members were experienced, and the captain and first officer respectively had 400h and 1,500h on the A350.


    BFU says that, during interviews,
    the two pilots “did not give a statement” after being asked to explain the low approach.

    The two cruise pilots were also interviewed, the inquiry adds:
    “They were asked whether they had realised that the aircraft had been too low during the approach, and had they given guidance to the two pilots. Both questions were answered in the negative.”

    Investigators point out that,
    along with the incorrect programming of the flight-management system, the first officer changed modes on the flight-control unit several times, resulting in operating errors.

    BFU also indicates that
    the captain had difficulty understanding and communicating in English, with problems comprehending the Frankfurt controller’s queries about the medical situation, and with following the conversation during investigators’ interviews.

    Thai A350 sank far below glideslope after shortened approach stressed pilots | News | Flight Global


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Hands up whose got a Thai Airways flight c
    Oh great...I'm flying Thai in a A-350 in 10 days time...

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    Interesting.

    Archer receives $10 million pre-delivery payment from United Airlines for 100 eVTOL aircraft

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    Good news for Archer Aviation as it moves closer to commercialisation and the initial production of its eVTOL aircraft with a payment of $10 million from United Airlines in respect of pre-delivery payment for its order of 100 eVTOL aircraft.


    The pre-delivery cash deposit continues a trend of strong support by the airline throughout the development of Archer's aircraft. Recently, United formed a Joint eVTOL Advisory Committee with Archer, allowing the parties to work more closely on eVTOL maintenance and operational matters. Committee members include Archer’s operations and maintenance leadership, as well as leadership from United’s maintenance, materials, and engineering groups.


    “I am incredibly proud of the entire Archer team as we reach this milestone in our partnership with United Airlines. To receive a cash deposit is validation of Archer’s achievements to date, not only with flight testing and product development, but also a great signal of confidence in our roadmap to commercialization,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s CEO. “We’re thankful to United for their continued partnership as we usher in this new era in air travel.”


    “This announcement marks a new important phase in our relationship with Archer, and our commitment to eVTOL technology. We are witnessing an inflection point where consumers, businesses, and policymakers are all aligned to prioritize technology that reduces the impact of climate change,” said Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures. “United Airlines Ventures has invested in a diverse roster of companies working in support of our goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, without the use of traditional carbon offsets. We believe eVTOLs have the potential to both help achieve carbon-neutral travel and serve as an innovative new tool to change how United customers experience comfort, convenience, and efficiency during their commutes within cities across the globe.”
    Air101: Archer receives $10 million pre-delivery payment from United Airlines for 100 eVTOL aircraft

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    Two Air France pilots were suspended after fighting in the cockpit while airborne, the airline has said.
    It happened during a flight between Geneva and Paris in June.

    The dispute began shortly after take-off, according to La Tribune newspaper, with one pilot apparently hitting the other after they grabbed each other's collars.

    Cabin crew intervened and one of the attendants spent the rest of the flight in the cockpit, the report added.

    Air France said the plane landed safely.

    The pilots are awaiting a decision from management over their "totally inappropriate behaviour", a spokeswoman quoted by Bloomberg said.

    News of the incident emerged after France's air investigation agency, BEA, issued a report saying some Air France pilots lack rigour in terms of respecting procedures during safety incidents.


    The report focused on a fuel leak on a flight from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris in December 2020.


    Pilots rerouted the plane but did not cut power to the engine affected or land as soon as possible, in line with leak procedure.

    While the plane landed safely in Chad, the engine could have caught fire, BEA said.

    It also mentioned three similar cases between 2017 and 2022.


    Air France said it was carrying out a safety audit and pledged to follow BEA's recommendations, which include allowing pilots to study their flights afterwards.


    The airline stressed that it flies hundreds of flights daily and the report mentions only four such safety incidents.


    Air France pilots' unions have insisted that security is paramount and defended pilot actions during emergency situations.

    Air France pilots suspended after fighting in cockpit after take-off | World News | Sky News

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Oh great...I'm flying Thai in a A-350 in 10 days time...
    First flight in an A350-900, definitely prefer it to the 777-300ER, quieter and more spacious. Wife and I felt more relaxed after a longer flight (due to routing because of war).

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    The Plane’s a Filthy Mess. Who’s to Blame?

    The camera pans across the floor below two rows of passenger seats. The carpet is littered with so many potato chip crumbs it appears as if there was a recent in-flight snowfall.


    “Cabin crew told us they don’t clean between flights,” reads the caption on a TikTok video taken on a recent Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands to London.

    In another recent video, a passenger’s hand thumps the seat, causing a dense cloud of dust-like particles — also resembling snow — to rise up on a Qantas flight within Australia.


    “OMG that is foul,” one commenter wrote on Facebook.


    Pandemic travel has been chaotic and frustrating. But for the most part, it has been relatively clean, with many airlines committing to robust sanitation practices early in the pandemic, and numerous virus-wary travelers additionally wiping down their areas.


    Over the past week, two widely shared videos of particularly filthy planes have raised concerns that the days of clean flights may be going the way of mask wear. They also sparked a debate about whether flight crew or passengers carry the responsibility for messes.


    “Flight attendants are not maids,” said Nicole D. Lawson, a flight attendant from New Jersey who does not work for either airline, but has been frustrated by how many passengers fail to take advantage of numerous opportunities to throw their trash in a bag.

    What particularly irked Scott, 23, a travel-focused content creator from Essex, England, who posted the Ryanair video, was the flight crew’s attitude. (Scott declined to use his full name because of his day job as a police officer.)


    “There was rubbish everywhere,” he said in a phone interview. Beyond all the “crisps” littering the aisles, he spotted a spilled drink and what appeared to be vomit. The crew not only rudely told him that it was not their job to help him clean it up, he said, but they also declined his request for a wipe.


    What surprised him about the response he and his partner got on their TikTok and Instagram accounts was how many of the more than 2,000 comments defended the crew.


    “They have 25 minutes on the ground they can barely complete safety checks,” one person wrote in a well-liked comment. “Don’t blame them blame the people who left it.”


    “If my flight is 20 quid I can handle a few crumbs,” wrote another. (Twenty quid, or pounds, is equivalent to about $23.)


    And though the Irish carrier does offer absurdly cheap flights — currently its site advertises international flights for as little as $8 — Scott said he and his partner paid around £200 or about $230 each, which is why he would expect more.


    As to what the airline’s official policy on cleaning is, it’s somewhat unclear. In May 2020, Michael O’Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, told The Times, a British daily newspaper, that the airline did not have time to clean between flights and would deep clean just once a day. In contrast, a Ryanair spokeswoman’s wrote, “Our aircraft are cleaned during every turnaround.” (She did not immediately respond to additional questions.)


    Either way, the cloud of mystery particles on the Qantas flight is somewhat more surprising, given that Australia’s largest airline is not a low-cost carrier. The five-hour flight from Sydney to Perth was the most expensive flight Ross Matthews had ever taken, he wrote when he posted the video on Facebook. It was this video, reposted by Daily Mail, a British tabloid, that prompted some to wonder whether even major carriers have relinquished the cleaning standards established during the pandemic.


    Indeed, many have. Early in the pandemic, most airlines committed to extensive sanitation measures. These promises gradually faded away for reasons based on cost, inconvenience and science. By the spring of 2020, research had revealed that the coronavirus is unlikely to spread on surfaces, and masking and ventilation systems gradually became the focus for those trying to avoid getting infected. In June 2020, for example, United Airlines said that it would disinfect cabins by spraying an electrostatically charged mist between each flight. By July of the following year, the airline told The Points Guy, a travel-focused site, that it had switched its approach to applying a different type of disinfectant just once a week.


    Early this year JetBlue stopped bringing in professional cleaning crews to clean tray tables between flights, something they started doing in the spring of 2020, according to a flight attendant. Similarly, by August 2020, Southwest said it had stopped disinfecting armrests and seatbelts between flights.


    Tidying up chips on the floor, of course, is different than coating surfaces with a chemical that is supposed to kill viruses. Airline policies on this issue vary. Some carriers, such as American Airlines, bring in a cleaning crew between every flight, the airline said. Others, such as JetBlue, only do this when flights are coming from abroad. Otherwise, Jetblue, like Southwest relies on flight crew to do light tidying between domestic flights while they are putting seatbelts back in place, according to several flight attendants. Delta claims that their cleaning teams “conduct frequent and thorough wipe-downs of our aircraft interiors.”


    By and large, though, flight attendants are responsible for giving passengers opportunities to throw away their trash, but not for vacuuming or wiping anything down. Those sorts of tasks are supposed to fall on separate cleaning crews, who may not get onto the plane before its next flight. Still, some passengers treat planes like sports stadiums by throwing food on the floor, flight attendants said.


    “The entitlement is unreal,” said Nastassja Lewis, a flight attendant and the founder of th|AIR|apy, a nonprofit focused on flight attendants’ mental health. “What is so hard about discarding your trash?” she asked.


    As to how freaked out by the Qantas cloud passengers should be, it’s hard to say.


    “Based on the video, it is unclear what has been spilt on the seat and when,” an airline representative said in a statement, adding that the seat has since been cleaned. The Australian carrier also said that it puts aircraft through “a deep cleaning on a regular basis,” which includes seat covers and cushions.

    The Plane’s a Filthy Mess. Who’s to Blame? – DNyuz

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    China Airlines opens a new route to Chiang Mai

    China Airlines yesterday announced the good news that it intends to launch flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand. The bad news is that it won’t happen until next year.


    The Taiwan-based airline revealed on the day it reopened its borders that flights to the northern city of Chiang Mai take off on January 20 next year.

    Flight CI851 from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Chiang Mai will take off at 7.50am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and touch down in the kingdom at 11am. From Chiang Mai, flight CI852 departs at midday and touches down in Taiwan at 5pm.


    The state-owned flag carrier revealed the flight to Chiang Mai is part of the airline’s plan to attract more transit passengers to change flights in Taiwan on their way to Europe and the United States.


    The airline also revealed that the number of its flights will increase by 30%, with those to Southeast Asia increased by 50% in the final quarter of this year.


    China Airlines added that in early 2023 there will 17 destinations will be available in Southeast Asia, including flights to Cebu in the Philippines, Bali, Australia and New Zealand.


    Sydney to Taipei and Melbourne to Taipei will be increased from their current two flights a week to three flights a week in October and November and four times a week in December.

    Brisbane to Taipei increases from one flight a week to three starting next month while a flight to Auckland will be added to the Brisbane service every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday between October and December 2022.


    The flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all feature the modern Airbus A350.

    China Airlines opens a new route to Chiang Mai | Thaiger

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